Latte is a coffee beverage that is made with an extracted or pulled shot of espresso and steamed milk. It is also referred to as a Cafe latte. The name originates from an Italian cafe latte which means coffee and milk. Latte is usually made on a single or double pulled shot of espresso and a soft silky steamed milk foam.
Cafe latte has a more mild and slightly sweet flavor due to the quantity proportion of steamed milk. However, you can make coffee taste the way you just like it. You can these types of coffee flavors; Caramel, Vanilla, Mocha, Cinnamon, Coconut, Hazelnut, Pistachio, Lavender, Pumpkin, and spice latte among others.
Requirements to prepare a café latte
- Espresso machine, Coffee grinder, Espresso Beans (roasting profile should be Dark roast), Pitcher, Cold or chilled milk (2/3 whole milk), and Glass tumbler (with the volume of 170 ml to 200 ml).
Preparing a café latte
1. Using a porter filter, dose 7 to 8 grams for a single shot or 14 to 16 grams for a double shot by grinding the dark roasted coffee beans.
2. Fix the porter filter onto the group head of the espresso machine and initiate the group head flashing switch to begin the extraction process
TO NOTE: – Always ensure your coffee grinder calibration is at fine texture.
3. Pour your cold or chilled milk into a pitcher
4. Purge the steaming wand or jet in a straight position
5. Switch the steaming wand on to initiate the steam pressure.
6. Swirl the milk in the pitcher until you achieve a silky, shiny smooth thin milk foam.
7. Gently pour your steamed milk to mix with a shot of espresso in a glass tumbler with volumes of 170 ml to 200 ml.
TO NOTE-: Using a cup to serve a café latte will then mean you are making a cappuccino or a flat white.