The much beloved first lady of milky coffees, the latte is a staple of coffee shops worldwide. Our handy step-by-step guide will teach you how to make a barista-quality latte, right from the comfort of your own home.
Fill your portafilter basket to the top with ground coffee - around 19g.
Level out your coffee grounds. Then using a tamper, apply even pressure to the coffee grounds ensuring your coffee puck is even and flat. Fun Fact: Originally made with drip coffee and warm milk, the latte as we know it today is an espresso with steamed milk on top and has been around since the dawn of American coffee chains.
Place your portafilter into the espresso machine - then place your mug under the machine and make your espresso shot so it pours directly into it.
Fill a large milk jug to the bottom of the spout. Top tip: If you’re using dairy milk, we recommend full fat whole milk. If using plant-based milk, go for a Barista version of oat milk.
Start with the wand in the centre of the milk, half a cm below the surface, and tilt your milk jug to the side slightly. This will allow you to generate a whirlpool effect and create a thin layer of silky microfoam.
Turn the steam on to full power and lower your milk jug until you hear a hissing sound. You only want a little bit of foam, so once you see the milk level rise, move the steam wand under the surface to avoid more foam forming. Once the milk is hot to the touch, turn the steam off.
Give your milk jug a firm tap on the surface to burst any large air bubbles and swirl the milk around in the jug until it becomes glossy.
Now it’s time for pouring! Hold your cup at an angle, facing towards your milk jug and start by pouring a slow, thin stream of milk just above the coffee. You want to create an even colour as you combine the milk and espresso.
When your cup is ⅔ full, bring your milk jug tip closer to the surface of the coffee and pour faster aiming for the centre of the coffee – the milk foam should pour out and sit on top of the coffee causing a white blob. Keep pouring into the blob until your cup is almost full. Top Tip: To turn your ‘blob’ into a heart, just as the cup is almost full, draw your milk jug up to your earlier pouring position and pull through the blob. This will draw out your latte art into a beautiful heart shape.