Heavenly Cafe Latte Recipe for Coffee Lovers

Greetings coffee lovers! As a barista, I’ve noticed that many people shy away from making their own lattes at home, thinking that creating this frothy deliciousness requires specialty equipment or knowledge. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s simply not true! With the right ingredients and a little bit of guidance, you can easily make your own cafe latte right in the comfort of your own home.

Not only will you save time and money by skipping the lines at your local coffee shop, but making your own latte also allows you to customize it exactly to your liking. Want an extra shot of espresso? Go for it! Prefer a dash of cinnamon on top? The choice is yours.

In this recipe article, I’ll be sharing with you my foolproof method for crafting the perfect cafe latte every time. But don’t stop there – I’ll also be offering tips and substitutions for those who want to try variations on the classic recipe. So grab your favorite mug, some freshly brewed coffee, and let’s get started on making the best cafe latte you’ve ever had.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cafe Latte
Cafe Latte

Are you feeling down and needing a quick pick-me-up? Look no further than this delicious café latte recipe! Here’s why you’ll love it:

First of all, nothing beats a good old fashioned latte. Invented in Italy, a classic caffè latte has stood the test of time as one of the best ways to elevate your morning cup of coffee. Whipped up with creamy steamed milk, espresso shots and an extra touch of sweetness, our easy homemade latte recipe relies on just a few ingredients to make the perfect pick-me-up.

Did we mention this recipe is easy? No fancy equipment is required – just your trusty coffee maker, or even instant coffee if that’s your preference. The recipe’s step-by-step how-to ensures anyone can make a perfect café latte at home.

What’s more, substitutions and variations are totally welcome here! Try adding some cinnamon for an extra burst of flavor, or swap out whole milk for a milk alternative like almond or coconut. You could even experiment with simple syrups to customize your latte to fit your mood or cravings.

And don’t forget about its versatility – this latte isn’t limited to just mornings. Enjoy it any time of day as an indulgent treat or as a base for iced coffee drinks. Pair it with breakfast pastries for the ultimate breakfast combo or sip on it in the afternoon with a few pieces of chocolate.

In conclusion, there is no denying that this perfectly crafted cafe latte recipe is easy, versatile and satisfying. So what are you waiting for? Try it out today and experience the perfect balance between rich espresso and frothy milk that is sure to put a smile on your face!

Ingredient List

 Wake up on the right side of the bed with a beautiful, creamy cafe latte!
Wake up on the right side of the bed with a beautiful, creamy cafe latte!

Here’s what you’ll need for this delicious Cafe Latte recipe

  • 2 cups of whole milk (recommended)
  • 1-2 shots of freshly made espresso or 1 cup of instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup of hot water
  • 1/4 cup of simple syrup (optional)
  • Milk frother or steam arm for steaming milk
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Note: If you don’t have a milk frother, you can use a French press, or shake the milk in a jar to create foam. The simple syrup can be substituted with regular sugar or honey according to preference.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect latte is a work of art, and I'll show you how to create it at home.
The perfect latte is a work of art, and I’ll show you how to create it at home.

Now it’s time to make the café latte! This recipe will take only a few minutes and you are on your way to having a delicious homemade latte.

Step 1: Prepare the Espresso

First, prepare your espresso shots. A single shot will do, but if you need an extra boost, add a double shot. Place the coffee in a portafilter and use a tamper to press it down. Lock the portafilter into place and start brewing.

Step 2: Steam the Milk

While the espresso is brewing, pour 1-½ cups of whole milk into a milk jug. Use a steam wand or steam arm to steam the milk until it reaches about 150°F-160°F. This process takes some practice, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t turn out perfectly on your first try. Just remember to purge the steam arm prior to attempting to steam the milk and to keep the wand close enough to the surface of the milk but not submerged in it.

Step 3: Combine the Ingredients & Pour

Once you have steamed your milk and pulled your espresso shot(s), pour them together into a latte glass. First, pour in your espresso shots, then add steamed milk until glass [is] about 2/3 full. Finally, top with foam from steamed milk. For some added flair and taste, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Your homemade café latte is now complete! You can pair it with your favorite breakfast foods or simply enjoy it as is. Take a sip of that creamy goodness and revel in the fact that you made this indulgent treat all by yourself.

Now that you know how to make this easy homemade latte recipe, you can quickly whip up some lattes whenever you are feeling fancy. Try different variations and substitutions based on your taste preferences.

Substitutions and Variations

 Rich espresso and silky steamed milk - that's what a latte is all about.
Rich espresso and silky steamed milk – that’s what a latte is all about.

Are you looking for ways to switch up your cafe latte recipe? Fear not, as there are several substitutions and variations that you can try out to make your latte even more exciting.

Firstly, let’s talk about milk options. While whole milk is recommended for the classic cafe latte, you can opt for alternatives like almond milk, soy milk or oat milk to suit your preferences or dietary restrictions. These non-dairy options will give a nuttier flavor compared to whole milk, but you may also need to adjust the steaming time and temperature to ensure the right consistency.

If you’re feeling adventurous with your coffee flavors, you can also mix things up by adding a dash of cinnamon or caramel syrup instead of the usual simple syrup. If you like your coffee bold and intense, use espresso roast coffee beans instead of regular coffee grounds in your shots of espresso.

If you don’t have an espresso machine or milk frother, don’t worry! You can still make a great latte without any special equipment. Simply heat up 1-2 cups of milk on the stove until it reaches a simmer, then whisk vigorously until it starts to foam. Pour this into a cup of hot brewed coffee and stir well. You’ll get a simple homemade latte that’s perfect for those lazy mornings without needing any expensive equipment.

For an iced version of the cafe latte, prepare the brewed espresso or coffee beforehand and chill it in the fridge. When ready to serve, pour the chilled coffee into a glass filled with ice and top it off with cold frothed milk.

With these substitutions and variations at your disposal, you’ll never get bored with your cafe latte recipe again! Try out new combinations to find your favorite twist on this classic drink.

Serving and Pairing

 One sip of a well-made cafe latte, and you'll fall in love with coffee all over again.
One sip of a well-made cafe latte, and you’ll fall in love with coffee all over again.

Serving a hand-crafted cafe latte is a delightful sensory experience. The rich espresso shot and steamed milk mixture should be served piping hot in an elegant latte glass. For added ambiance, consider dusting the top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

To elevate your cafe latte experience, pair it with a light and buttery pastry such as a croissant or scone. These simple flavors complement the coffee perfectly without overwhelming your palate.

If you are in the mood for something sweeter, try pairing your latte with a vanilla bean sugar cookie. The creamy frosting adds the perfect touch of sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the coffee.

For those who enjoy a little indulgence, caramel sauce can also provide a decadent sweet flavor to your latte. Drizzle some on top of your coffee for an irresistible treat.

Another great way to enjoy your cafe latte is with a shakeology or any protein powder of your choice. You can blend the protein shake into your latte for extra energy and flavor.

Ultimately, when it comes to serving and pairing your cafe latte, there is no wrong way to do it. Experiment with different flavors and textures to find what best suits your taste buds, and enjoy this simple pleasure that can turn any morning into a special occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The magic of a latte is all in the foam - let me show you how to create the perfect microfoam.
The magic of a latte is all in the foam – let me show you how to create the perfect microfoam.

If you’re planning to make a large batch of cafe latte, or if you simply want to save some for later, it’s important to know how to store it properly. Cafe lattes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just remember to keep it in an airtight container and use it within the specified time frame.

When reheating the cafe latte, you can either warm it up on the stove using a saucepan or in the microwave using a microwave-safe cup. Make sure to stir your latte occasionally while reheating so that it heats evenly throughout.

However, do note that although reheating is possible, it can affect the quality of the latte. The espresso may lose its strong coffee flavor and may taste bitter when reheated too many times. Therefore, I recommend making just enough cafe latte that you’ll consume immediately to enjoy its full quality.

Making a cafe latte is simpler than you think! With easy-to-find ingredients and simple instructions, this easy homemade latte recipe will have you enjoying coffee-shop-style caffe lattes in no time.

Tips for Perfect Results

 With this recipe, you'll be able to create lattes just like your favorite
With this recipe, you’ll be able to create lattes just like your favorite

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly made café latte to start your day off on the right foot. As a barista, I know that getting the recipe just right can be tricky, but with a few tips and tricks, you can make a café latte that will rival any coffee shop. Here are my top tips for getting the perfect café latte every time:

1. Use freshly roasted espresso beans: The quality of your espresso beans will greatly impact the taste of your latte. Make sure to use freshly roasted beans for the best flavor.

2. Get the milk temperature just right: To steam milk properly for a latte, it should be between 140-150°F. Use a milk thermometer or touch test to ensure you are in this temperature range.

3. Use whole milk: Whole milk has a higher fat content than other types of milk, which makes it ideal for steaming and creates a creamier texture in your latte.

4. Practice steaming: Steaming milk takes practice and patience. Start with cold milk and place the steam arm directly under the surface, then slowly lower the jug to create microfoam.

5. Pouring technique matters: When pouring the steamed milk into your espresso, pour slowly, starting high and slowly lowering the jug as you pour. This creates beautiful latte art if desired but also ensures that your espresso and milk blend smoothly.

6. Experiment with flavors: Café lattes can be flavored with different syrups such as caramel or vanilla, or spice like cinnamon or nutmeg added to the grounds before brewing.

7. Serve immediately: Lattes are best when served immediately after making them so be sure that everything is ready before you start brewing and steaming.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make a delicious café latte at home that’s almost as good as what you’d get from a coffee shop. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and techniques until you find the perfect latte for your taste buds.


As a barista, I have encountered a lot of questions about making coffee, even with a simple recipe. Here are the top FAQs that I have heard from coffee enthusiasts who want to learn to make cafe lattes perfectly.

How do you make a cafe latte?

Want to make a delicious espresso in a latte glass? First, grab some whole milk and fill a third of your milk jug. Before steaming the milk, be sure to clear out any lingering steam from the arm. Then, focus on creating a smooth microfoam while frothing the milk. Once you’ve achieved the perfect foam, go ahead and brew your espresso directly into the latte glass.

What is in a caffe latte?

A creamy and smooth beverage known as a latte or caffè latte, is created by combining one or two shots of espresso with steamed milk, and finishing it off with a delicate layer of frothy milk on top.

What is the ratio for cafe latte recipe?

When making a coffee, the ideal proportion to achieve the perfect balance of flavors is one-third espresso and two-thirds steamed milk. For a standard coffee, use a double shot of espresso with 170-225 ml of steamed milk. Don’t forget to add a 1 cm layer of foam on top.

What’s the difference between latte and cafe latte?

A caffe latte is a combination of espresso and milk, where the term ‘caffe’ refers to the espresso and ‘latte’ refers to the milk. This beverage finds its origins in Italy, where it is typically referred to as just ‘caffe’ when ordered as a standalone shot of espresso.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, making a delicious café latte at home is a great way to start your day on the right foot. It’s easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, and can be customized to your liking.

Whether you prefer your latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon, a shot of caramel, or a dollop of whipped cream on top, this recipe can be easily adapted to suit your taste.

So why not try making a café latte at home today? With these simple instructions and advice from an expert barista like myself, you’ll be able to whip up a perfect latte from the comfort of your own kitchen in no time.

And remember, even if you’re new to making coffee drinks at home or you don’t have all the fancy equipment that some recipes call for, there are always substitutions and variations that you can make. So don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun – who knows, you might just come up with your own signature latte recipe that becomes your new go-to drink!

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start making some amazing café lattes today!

Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte Recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Italian


  • 4 ounces Italian roast espresso, brewed
  • 4 ounces milk sweetener, steamed (as desired)
  • ice cube (made from leftover flavored coffee, if desired)
  • cinnamon, ground (for garnish) (optional)


  • Add (sweetened) hot espresso and steamed milk to a tall glass of ice. Stir.
  • If desired, sprinkle top with ground cinnamon.
  • Serve with a straw.

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Serving: 21g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy
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