I am a huge coffee fan, how can I not with my crazy kids running about at 6am in the morning, I drink about 3 cups a day, morning is a must, afternoon on my work lunch break, and just before I go home to the little rascals.
We all know that when baristas prepare our coffee drinks, especially the latte, it looks like a piece of cake. They seem like having fun with it and we always imagine ourselves doing the same. Some of us may have tried and only when behind the counter, at the espresso machine, we have realized how many things can go wrong when preparing a nice latte (or at least aiming to). There is the milk that may not be steamed, as it should, there’s the espresso shot that might end up totally watery, there is all the mess we may make around while trying to pour liquids quickly into a cup. So, is there a way to become a Pro when preparing a tasteful and pretty latte? Apparently yes. Follow the below steps:
1. Choose the right beans.
When preparing your latte you will need to start by the espresso shot. But hat makes an espresso shot appropriate for the latte? They say that any type of coffee bean is right for it, but the truth is that, as this shot is going to be mixed up with milk afterwards, thus its taste is going to soften down, it is better if you choose strong flavored beans, dark roasted ones, especially if Italian.
2. Grinding the coffee.
As soon as you have the right beans on your hands, you will need to grind to have your espresso shot. If you think that any grinding is good for the matter, you are wrong because the grind affects directly the consistency and the taste of the espresso shot. A very strong one will fit better for the latte, which means that you need to aim for the finest grind possible from your machine. Find out what is the finest size of grinding for your machine and use that any time you grind coffee for latte.
3. Tamping before brewing.
This is very important even though when people make coffee drinks at home they usually do not give big importance to this step. You should be able to put a pressure of approx. 30 pounds on the coffee before putting it in the espresso machine for brewing. Doing so, you will be able to get a creamy espresso shot that has the right taste.
4. Creamy hot milk
Now it is the time to steam the milk carefully, trying to get that creamy foam effect that will give an extra taste to your latte. Be careful because the milk has to be steamed yet not reaching 160F, as it may loose its qualities and even burn. This is the final touch, which should be handled carefully to have the much desirable hot latte on that wintery morning at home.
How do you make yours?