Budget Barista: Make Your Own Latte

Trying to kick your pricey Starbucks habit but not willing to give up your daily coffee fix? Over the holidays, I watched my aunt, Synara, make her own easy, cheap “lattes” – without an espresso maker or a fancy, expensive cappucino machine. Her secret weapon is just a simple, $12 tool: a frother!

Bodum Schiuma milk frother

I tracked down a Bodum Schiuma frother at Target on sale for $6 but even at full price, you can make hundreds of drinks for less that what you’d pay for a few stops at your favorite coffee shop and they taste just as good. Now I know the purists out there will say this isn’t really a latte because by true coffee standards, it isn’t.  However, it’s still a great way to satisfy your cravings without breaking the bank!

How to make a latte

“Faux” Latte for One
1/2 mug milk
4-5 scoops ground coffee (stronger varieties, like a French Roast, work best)
approx 2 C water
optional: 1/2 – 1 Tbsp flavored creamer or honey

Make coffee using your standard coffee maker, only double the ratio of coffee beans to water to make the coffee extra strong. Pour milk into a large, microwave-safe coffee mug. Add creamer or honey, if you are using it.  Microwave milk for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stick frother into milk and froth until milk is foamy. Microwave for another 30 seconds.

Pour brewed coffee into mug by tilting the mug slightly and pouring coffee along the inside of the glass, as you would a beer.  This allows you to avoid ruining your foam.  Simply clean off your frother with a little soap and water and enjoy!

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “Budget Barista: Make Your Own Latte

  1. What a fun idea! Such a great way to get a special treat without breaking the bank every time…

  2. That’s what those weird wire things are for!

  3. lizinwfb

    Make sure you keep the frother “under water” meaning down in the milk as you froth. Otherwise you will have a frothy kitchen 🙂

  4. Alison

    Love the coffee mug! Beautiful coloring. Where did you get it?

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