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How to make a latte at home

Learn how to make a latte like a pro at home with or without an espresso machine!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Calories 190 kcal


  • Espresso machine
  • Tamper
  • Milk frother
  • Coffee mug


  • 20 grams espresso


  • Step 1: Grind your beansGrind your coffee using a burr grinder. We recommend a burr as it evenly grinds the coffee beans. For the price and performance, we think that Bodum’s Bistro Burr Grinder is a great choice.
  • Step 2: Tamp your coffee. Place your ground coffee in the portafilter and tamp down evenly. Keep your arm 90 degrees perpendicular to the table to allow for even tamping.
  • Step 3: Pull your shot. Put your portafilter in the espresso machine group head and pull your shot. You can use a double or single shot for your latte. Clean your portafilter and group head when finished.
  • Step 4: Froth your milk. Fill your milk pitcher with milk till 1/3 full. Lightly froth the milk and then enter the steam wand further down into the milk to steam. The milk should be shiny and when you swirl, it should slightly stick to the sides of the milk pitcher.
  • Step 5: Pour your espresso. Angle your espresso cup slightly and pour your milk in from about 2 inches above the cup. Pour in a circular motion to help mix the espresso and milk.
  • Step 6: Pour your foam. When around 2/3 full, lower the milk pitcher to around 1/2 an inch. Pour in the milk to any shape you want like a heart or flower. This is tricky and takes some practice! As the cup gets full, slowly start to angle it so it becomes flat.
  • Step 7: Drink up. Enjoy your homemade latte!