If you are a new espresso machine owner or you are looking to purchase one you might be asking yourself, “Can you make a latte with an espresso machine?”. The answer is that you can make lattes as they are not much different than cappuccinos.
Lattes typically have more milk than a cappuccino. They also can have flavors added to them with powders or syrups to enhance the taste of your beverage. Here are some very simple instructions on how to use your espresso machine to make a great latte!
A good espresso machine should have a frother that is capable of bringing the milk up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use whole milk, low-fat milk or even skim milk when steaming and frothing milk. One essential that can not be skipped is a metal steaming pitcher. Using a thermometer, steam the milk to the optimal temperature and then froth it a bit. To froth milk the end of the steamer should be near the top but still submerged. This will make a nice head of foam to add to your latte.
As a general rule, the milk should be started before the espresso is brewed because it takes longer. Once the milk is beginning to steam, the espresso shot or shots should be made. A good espresso bean will yield a very bold and fragrant espresso that will add to the flavor of the latte. While one shot is the typical amount of espresso to add to a latte, you can add up to three (if you really need a boost four) shots to the beverage. Remember that you will need to add more milk so make sure you choose a large enough cup! Once this is brewed set it aside until the milk is finished.
The milk is typically added to the cup before the espresso. Lattes should use about one half cup of steamed milk to one cup. This is an individual preference. Leave the froth in the cup for the end. The espresso is then added to the beverage slowly to add a layering effect. The last step is to add the foam on top. You can also make pretty interesting designs in the milk by experimenting with frothing. You started out wondering if you can make a latte with an espresso machine and now you are making latte art! This takes quite a bit of practice but with delicious results!
There are many variations to a latte that can be used once you have mastered using your espresso machine. Many individuals like to add flavored syrups to their lattes or powders. They come in every variety imaginable: mocha, caramel, raspberry, vanilla. The syrup is usually added to the cup before any milk or espresso is added. This can make an outstanding dessert beverage or a simple treat for a coffee lover.
Some individuals also like to add toppings to their lattes as a final flavor addition. Nutmeg, chocolate shavings, cinnamon are all popular choices. These enhance the flavor and complement syrups that are added to the drink. Fire up that machine and get to work! There is a fantastic latte in your future!