We all want to do our part to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus, Covid-19.
Unfortunately, this may mean that due to social distancing, heading to your favorite coffee shop every day might not be in the cards.
Luckily, when craving your daily latte, there is an alternative way for you to make it for yourself at home!
Tips for making a home-style latte (without the need of an espresso machine!)
Step 1 - Making your espresso or strong coffee alternative
- The first thing you will need to make a home-style latte is espresso or very strongly brewed coffee. If you have a home espresso maker or a pod machine like a Keurig, that will work great. If you do not have either of these options, brewing with more ground beans and less water for a bit longer than usual will do just fine! You will want to give yourself about ⅓ cup of espresso or strong coffee alternative for the best results.
Step 2 - Frothing your milk
- Most people probably do not have a steam wand or milk-frother at home, but don’t panic, we have a solution! Pour your milk of choice into a mason jar and fill it about halfway. Make sure the lid is on tight and shake the jar as hard as you can until it becomes frothy and has almost doubled in volume. This will probably take about a minute, depending on how hard you shake the jar.
Step 3 - Microwave the milk to create your foam
- You will want to take the lid off your mason jar and then microwave the milk uncovered for no more than 30 seconds. You should see the foam rise to the top! If no foam is rising, try re-frothing the milk and then microwaving it again, as it may not have been frothed enough.
Step 4 - Putting them together
- Take your brewed espresso or coffee and put it into your mug of choice, we recommend something around 12-16 ounces with a wide bottom. Find a large spoon and make sure to hold back the foam as you pour the milk into the espresso. The amount of milk that you pour will affect the strength and taste of the coffee; you can start with less milk and keep adding to taste!
Step 5 - Adding the foam
- Once you have gotten your latte just the way you like it, take your spoon and add as much milk foam to the top as you like! If you add less milk and more foam you’ve technically made yourself a cappuccino, so if you’re a die-hard latte fan with a dislike of cappuccinos, add no more than two scoops of foam.
Your first home latte might not taste exactly the way your favorite barista makes it for you, but we think it will taste great because you put the time and love into making it yourself!
All of us at Ruci are wishing you and your families safety during these uncertain times! Make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and stay healthy.