Coffee latte is one of the most popular beverages that you can find out there among people. You will be able to enjoy a latte prepared at home. In fact, there is a possibility for you to make latte without the use of an espresso machine as well.

Most people have second thoughts at the time of purchasing an espresso machine. That’s because an espresso machine is an expensive product to be purchased.

You don’t really need to purchase such an expensive machine to make coffee latte.

Instead, you can do it in an alternative method. It will provide you with the chance to overcome space constraints as well as budget constraints that you will deal with.

Ingredients needed

Before we proceed, let’s take a look at the ingredients needed to prepare latte at home without an espresso machine.

  • Espresso or any other strong coffee brew
  • Cocoa powder
  • 2% milk or non-fat milk (the fresher the better)

Things you need

Following are the things that you need to prepare latte without an espresso machine. When you go through equipment, you will realize that there is a possibility for you to get them with ease from your own kitchen.

  • A spoon
  • A jar along with a lid
  • Shallow and wide coffee cup


If you are ready with the ingredients and equipment, you can go through following steps and make latte using no espresso machine. Any person will be able to do it with ease.

1) Make your espresso

As the very first step, you should go ahead and make your espresso. Or else, there is a possibility for you to prepare strongly brewed coffee as well.

You need to make sure that you are not diluting it with any water at all. It is better if you can make around 1/3 cup of espresso. However, it is up to you to determine the amount that you should be making.

2) Froth the milk

Once you are done with making espresso, you can proceed to the next stage, where you can froth the milk.

This is where you should pour milk into the jar. You should be careful not to fill more than the half way mark. Then you need to screw the lid tightly. Along with that, you can also shake the jar hard, so that milk will become frothy.

In fact, milk will double the volume after a period of around 60 seconds.

3) Place your milk in the microwave oven

Now in order to steam milk, you need to take off the lid from your jar and place it inside the microwave. You just need to think about placing it in the microwave for a duration of around 30 seconds.

While doing that, you should keep it uncovered as well. Then you will be able to see how foam is rising up to the top level of milk. This happens due to heat that is supplied from the microwave oven.

After that, you will be able to stabilize milk as well.

4) Pour steamed milk into coffee

As the next step, you should go ahead and pour the steamed milk into coffee or espresso that you have made in the very first step.

You need to make sure that you are using a shallow or a wide coffee cup to get the job done. You should also think about using a large spoon, so that you will be able to hold milk foam. You need to pour warm milk to coffee as much as you prefer.

5) Add foam

Now you have come to the last step, where you need to add foam. In order to do that, you need to spoon milk foam as much as you want.

Then you can add that into your latte. If you prefer to garnish, you can go ahead and sprinkle some cocoa powder as well. Or else, you will be able to use nutmeg instead of cocoa powder. You should do it on top of foam.

It’s good to remember that latte, cappuccino and macchiato are very similar drinks which you could make with similar ingredients: milk foam, steamed milk and espresso.

If you just add some milk foam but no steamed milk to the coffee you have macchiato. Add a little steamed milk then you have cappuccino. It’s all about the proportions of these two.

Now you have prepared coffee latte without using an espresso machine. Hence, you can go ahead and sip immediately.

There are numerous additional options available for you to consider when you are trying to add more flavors into latte as well. If you are interested in ending up with flavored latte or sweetened latte, you can go ahead and do it.

You should stir in some syrup along with warm milk. You need to make sure that you are doing it before you add foam.

Other flavoring ideas are available for you to consider as well. For example, you can add almond extract, a teaspoon of vanilla or any other sweetened syrup.

We might talk about them more some other time.