Why get a latte when you can make your own? You’ll save money too – averaging $4-5 compared to black coffees which run anywhere from 2-$3 per mug.

Going out takes time away from what matters most: working or relaxing while making them yourself saves both funds AND precious leisure hours (perfect results every single time).

However, if you’re new to making lattes or want some tips on how to do it more efficiently, then this blog post is for you.

First, we will go over how to use an espresso machine to make a latte so that way your cup tastes the best.

Don’t believe me? Keep reading then..

What Is A Latte?

It’s hard to say which drink is better than the other when they both have their own unique flavors and preferences.

The cappuccino and latte are both rich, full-bodied drinks that have been a staple in many cultures’ diets for centuries.

The traditional version consists of an even distribution between espresso beans, steamed milk together with foam; whereas the lighter variety uses less landlubbers due to its stronger flavor profile which some people prefer over dark roasted blends.

Key Ingredients to Make a Latte

To make the perfect latte, you need to use filtered or boiled tap water with 2 percent fat content in your optimum brew ratio. If using whole cream instead of milk will result in a richer taste for some people who prefer that type of drink – go ahead.

The perfectly-crafted drink is the one that makes you want another sip. This is because, in addition to strong coffee beans and espresso shots (or tea), using weaker flavors also helps deliver instant gratification without blacking out after just one swallow.

Starbucks-Style Lattes

It’s always a good time when you get to enjoy your favorite drink, whether it be coffee or lattes. Lattes are an Italian preschool staple that can help jump start any morning with just two shots of espresso and three ounces (or less) steamed milk plus foam topping.

Caffeine helps us feel happy while also giving our hearts all the energy they need too without making us jittery like other sources might do; now there is no reason not take advantage these drinks at home on days where everything else feels tough.

The perfect espresso is a delicate balance between flavor, acidity and time. It’s an essential drink for busy men who don’t want their morning coffee to come at the expense of something else more important like work or family obligations- but also need it quick so as not leave themselves vulnerable without caffeine.

A traditional Italian cappuccino requires additional ingredients that may seem unnecessary when making espressos: liker Starbucks does them simply because they’re already known quantities. However, we still find ourselves reaching out ever.


The first step to making great espresso shots is by using the right ground coffee. It should be coarse enough for your table salt – this will ensure high-quality results and better taste since it’ll pack more flavor into each sip.

When done correctly, these grounds can clump tightly together after being processed in an ultra-fine grinder such as those found on professional machines. However, if they don’t then you might have some problems with consistency or hygiene (or both!).

Now that you’ve finally found the perfect cup for your flavor preferences. It’s time to get fancy. High-end blenders and grinders can do so much more than just blend up drinks. For example: using different types or brands depending upon what kind of drinker one might be; learning how varying amounts will affect taste differently per recipe (elevated ice makes everything better!).

Pro Tip: Think of the burr grinder as your new best friend for pulling perfect shots. With one touch, you can adjust how fine or coarsely ground coffee will be in any given recipe- making it an essential tool when consistency is key.

How to Use an Espresso Machine to Make a Latte: A Quick Guide

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Preparing and Streaming

To make the perfect latte, six ounces of milk is required for every cup. If you plan on making a larger size than what’s recommended by our experts here at Latte Life then use ten parts water to one part caffeinated beverage. Reduce accordingly if using decaf or unsweetened almond/soy milk instead – but don’t forget about those heavy creams.

The perfect latte is a delicate balance between hot enough to steam and not too fast so you don’t end up with foam on your lips.

If 2% works better for you than whole milk, use that instead but be aware of what happens when this type of liquid needs more time at higher temperatures before boiling.

It will burn if there isn’t plenty coming off in all directions including around 140 degrees Fahrenheit which means sometimes these tiny bubbles never get formed because they’re smaller than usual.

The key to a perfect latte is patience. It takes time for the foam on your cappuccino mix, so give it at least five minutes before jarring or pouring into cups. This will help create an excellent drink with layers that taste as good from top-to bottom.


If you’re looking for the perfect espresso shot, aim to grind 18-21 grams of ground coffee. However; lattes in coffee shops usually consist of two shots that come out at 27g (or about 2 tablespoons).

Now, you’ll need to measure out your coffee. Measure one and a half teaspoons for each cup of water that goes into the machine.

This means if it says 6 Cups on yours then you will also have 15 teaspoon fulls ready before pouring in those cups.

Trust me when I say this- Grab both portafilter as well as kitchen scale so they can be accurate with measurements.

Making the Shots

When you start the process of brewing an espresso, it can take about thirty seconds for all steps to be completed.

First and foremost is tamping down on your coffee grounds with a tamper tool before securing your portafilter in place so that pressure won’t release when pressing exporting button.

Pouring the Froth

The first thing you should do when making an espresso is watch out for any foam that might go into your drink. Once 1/4 in with the froth spoon, creaminess will begin to emerge and delightfully surprise.

This technique works best with lattes as well–just use less coffee if using this method since there’s no need for bitterness or sourness due solely from acids found within drinks such as orange juice (or other citrus). That’s all about how to use an espresso machine to make a latte.

Espresso Terms

First time working with an espresso machine? Don’t worry; we’ve got your back! Check out these definitions to clarify some of the phrases used in this article.

  • Crema – The first thing you notice about espresso is the crema, which floats on top. The darker liquid below it mixes to give off this beautiful light color.
  • Portafilter – The portafilter is what you use to make your espresso. It has a filter basket where ground beans go, and water goes through it before entering the group head along with other desired fresheners like steamed milk or foam tips for cappuccinos, etcetera.
  • Group head – The Group head is the disc-shaped metal piece of an espresso machine that’s designed to lock with your portafilter. This ensures you get all those rich crema shots in every pour and makes sure there are no accidents as it presses hot water through ground beans for us.
  • Pulling a shot – To pull a shot is to use an espresso machine. This phrase comes from older times when baristas had their lever to move around, creating shots of coffee by hand-wairoffski physically.
  • Tamping espresso grounds – A great way to prepare your cup of joe. Compacting the ground coffee into tiny particles will help maximize flavor extraction because there won’t be any cracks or crevices for water passing through during the brewing process.
  • Purging the steam wand – The steam wand is an essential part of your steamer. This component allows the moisture to exit and get heated, which helps remove any residue left on items you’re trying to clean with it.