This is how to make a really good home made latte for super cheap! The up front cost is around $40.00 but that includes all your product and equipment. You also get a single cup coffee maker out of the deal too!
First off you need to buy a device that allows you to make super good coffee, as with shots of espresso.
Aeropress is the device that allows you to make awesome coffee and espresso, I can't recommend this product enough. I use mine daily, seriously!
You will need something to froth the milk.
You will also need some espresso.
I like Lavazza because it's really cheap. You can find it locally for $5.99-6.99 Giant Food just had it on sale for $4.99!
I do prefer Illy brand espresso but it's twice the cost. So my go to espresso for weekdays is Lavazza and my weekend espresso is Illy.
Start by placing the device over top of a glass or mug.
Insert a paper filter into the bottom of the aeropress, and add in 2 scoops of espresso (using the spoon that comes with it)
Put 4oz of water (1/2 cup) into a microwave safe container and heat it for about 1 minute, the goal is to heat the water between 170-180 degrees.
If it is too cold, it wont brew the coffee/espresso correctly, if it's too hot, it will brew biter coffee. (this goes for all coffee no matter what you use to make it)
Take the top part of the aeropress device (the plunger) and get the rubber part wet, this allows for easier plunging. 😉
Pour the 4oz of 170-180 degree water into the aeropress then stir the grounds to make sure they are not clumping together.
(use the provided tool for stirring) Count to 10, then insert the plunger and slowly push down on it, the goal is to fully depress the top part over a 20 second time span.
Do bare in mind, the plunger extracts the coffee/espresso by putting it under pressure, so it gets harder and harder as it gets lower. It takes a good bit of pressure, this is why the espresso is legit and taste great! Once the top part is fully down, turn your attention to the now empty glass you used to heat your water, now pour 3/4 cup of milk into it and heat it in the microwave for about 75-90 seconds. The goal is to heat the milk without causing it to bubble up/boil over. Remove the milk from the microwave and run a spoon across the top, you want to skim off any milk skin that might have formed, that skin gets into the frother whisk and makes for a really hard clean job, its super sticky! When using the frother, first start off by inserting the frother all the way to the bottom of the milk, then turn it on, bring the frother up to the top of the milk and let it do its thing. Depending on the speed of your frother it can take 2-3 seconds up to 10-15 seconds. The goal is to get about 25% more volume from your milk, if you do it too much you'll turn it into whipped cream, even with 1% milk!
Once your milk is frothed, combine it with your espresso and enjoy your drink!
Experiment with your espresso making. I like to leave my espresso in the device for 20-30 seconds before plunging. I like much darker coffees. If you like it smoother 10 seconds should be perfect.
If I'm in the mood for a caramel macchiato I'll add caramel sauce. Easiest way is to buy some caramel sauce for ice cream. Or you can find the caramel coffee flavoring in the coffee section of some stores. Using the ice cream sauce makes for a more starbucks like coffee. super sweet.