How to Make a Latte at Home (Without an Espresso Machine)

In general, I have mixed feelings about Pinterest. It’s such a time suck, for starters — and it feels so current, so saturated with bohemian kitchens and waify models in oversized coats, that I often get grumpy and headachy. I’ll alternate between shaking my fists at the ‘one pot pasta’ photo that looks good but is probably bogus, and feeling deeply unsettled by it all, wondering what I’m doing with my life and my face to make it so inferior to Pinterest, so not this pretty. And then, randomly, I’ll stumble on gold. A quote will resonate, or a DIY trick will call my name. The headaches will suddenly seem worth it.


I discovered this trick on Pinterest a year or so ago, and like most things DIY, I’ll think, “yeah, duh…so easy” — but I’ve never thought of these things myself.

Here’s how to do it: 

1. Make a small cup of coffee as you normally would, but make it stronger. This will serve as the “espresso.” I make strong coffee already, but add another scoop when I’m making an at-home-latte.

2. Meanwhile, warm up about 1/2 cup milk in a small pot over low heat, keeping an eye on it. It should baaaarely reach a simmer– when you start to see some steam escaping from the surface, you can turn off the heat.

3. Pour your hot milk in a blender, and blend on high for 30 seconds. Pour the milk into your coffee, the foam will come out last.


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