Although results seem to vary from survey to survey, I think it’s safe to assume latte, or cafe latte, is the most popular drink in coffee shops and cafes in both the USA and UK.
So, it goes without saying that many of you reading this are latte lovers. If that sounds like you, we also know you’ve spent a small fortune at your local coffee shop.
But what if there was a cheaper and easier way to enjoy your favourite frothy coffee? Well, there is! No more rushing out on a cold morning or spending loads of money every day; get a coffee machine with a milk frother and you’re on your way to latte heaven!
Why is a coffee machine with a built-in milk frother best for homemade latte?
latte is a popular drink but it is also very easy to make. There are only two ingredients; espresso and milk. But the espresso needs to be good quality and the milk should be partly foamed.
If you want to make this delicious beverage from the comfort of your own home, then you’ll need a milk frother!
Read more: 10 benefits of a milk frother
There are other ways of frothing milk, but they’re often inconvenient and a frother just makes everything so much simpler, and better. A milk frother really does make lovely textured milk. Perfect for any frothy coffee but especially a latte.
You could buy a standalone handheld frother or an electric frother but choosing a coffee machine with one already built-in (like the Sage Espresso Touch) just makes things even easier again! No messing around with lots of pieces of equipment; simply get in the kitchen and do it all with one handy tool.
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What are the different types of coffee machine with a milk frother?
There’s no doubt a milk frother improves coffee. There are three options when it comes to coffee machines with milk frothers. You could go for the barista style machine which is the most advanced (and expensive) out of all coffee makers.
Or you might choose the convenience of the capsule machine, some of which come with a milk frother. And then there’s the AeroPress with frother option. Let’s take a closer look at all three.
Barista style machine
When you go to your local Starbucks, you’ll see a huge barista coffee machine behind the counter. These are professional tools, but you can buy them for domestic use. What’s great about them is that they give you the closest thing to a coffee shop coffee possible.
They’re kitted out with everything you need including that all-important milk frother! Well, it’s usually a steam wand but this doubles up as a frother, and you’ll need both types of milk for your latte.
However, the downside of these machines is that they’re typically much more complicated to use so you’ll need some time to familiarise yourself with the process. Moreover, they’re the most expensive type of machine so unless you’re going to drink latte every day, it might not be a wise investment.
Capsule machine with milk frother
If you want a delicious cup of latte but made in a more convenient way, then you might opt for an automatic capsule machine with a milk frother. There are some that are sold as two separate items and, in this case, you’ll usually receive an electric milk frother.
This is fine but we prefer an all-in-one model like the Nespresso Citiz. It has the ease of a pod machine and gives you access to the whole Nespresso range but also comes with a built-in milk frother for convenience. What’s more, they’re typically a lot more affordable.
And, of course, you can also use the coffee maker and the milk frother separately. As we mentioned the Nespresso Citiz is our recommended pod machine with built-in milk frother. You can read our review here.
AeroPress with handheld milk frother
My preferred combination for when I want a quick, no-fuss but delicious cup of frothy latte or latte.
Now, I have to admit I’m breaking the rules a little here. You can’t buy an AeroPress with an integrated milk frother. But using the AeroPress with a handheld milk frother is such an affordable and efficient way to make a beautifully frothy latte it would be daft to leave it out.
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The AeroPress is a great way to make the espresso base you need for your latte. Then, once the coffee is brewed, it’s a simple matter to heat the milk in the microwave and generate the foam with your handheld milk frother.
And the best part? The AeroPress and a Zulay Milk Boss frother will only cost you around £50. That’s less than half the cost of a capsule / milk frother combination and a fraction of what a barista style coffee maker costs.
How to make a classic latte
Making a latte at home doesn’t take a long time. Even if you put your heart and soul into it, you can be sitting with your feet up in three to four minutes, on average.
There’s only two ingredients you need: One shot of espresso – 30-35ml, 250 ml milk. You can of course experiment with the espresso – some people may find two shots work better if they prefer a stronger drink.
You’ll start by brewing some espresso. If you have one of the machines we have talked about, you’ll use this. Otherwise, you can use another method such as a French press.
While your espresso is brewing, you heat your milk. Again, how you do this will depend on the equipment you have. With a barista machine the steam wand becomes your best friend but without this, you can simply heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave.
If opting for the later, be very careful to avoid scalding the milk by zapping it for short periods and then checking.
Now it’s time to get frothing! Froth your milk using your attached or handheld milk frother. You then add your milk to the espresso base. Use a spoon or spatula to hold back the foam as you add the heated milk then top off with the foam.
The great thing about latte is that once you have nailed down the process you can conjure up any number of wonderful drinks simply by adding a flavoured syrup or liqueur
Which type of coffee is best for a cafe latte?
There are so many different types of coffee to choose from. All taste differently and I’m sure you’ll already have your favourite.
The key thing here is to make sure the coffee beans you use are the best you can. It doesn’t matter how good your coffee maker or milk frother is; if you use poor quality coffee your latte isn’t going to be great.
Having said that you certainly don’t need to use the most expensive beans. Any reputable brand available in shops or online will make a great cup of coffee. The same applies when using capsule machines. Always use the makers recommended pods.
Homemade vs franchise coffee shop
Let’s face it, if you want a perfect cup of coffee, a professional barista is always going to do it best. Assuming you could outdo them is like saying you could direct a movie better than Tarantino on Spielberg.
BUT that isn’t to say that you can’t seriously rival what the pros do. With the modern equipment available to domestic baristas, it’s quite easy to create something that’s very close to a pro latte. What’s more, with practice, you might even find a way of making it that better appeals to your coffee cravings.
There’s no doubt you’ll save money by making latte at home as you won’t be spending in the coffee shop every day. That said, you do have to factor in the initial cost of buying the equipment. How long it takes to break even will depend on how many coffees you make each day.
The best coffee makers with milk frothers
Since latte is one of the most popular choices of coffee in the UK, it’s no wonder that so many people want to make it at home. Doing this is easy when you have the right equipment and since latte is simply espresso and frothy milk a milk frother is essential.
Many machines come with built-in milk frothers that offer convenience and ease of use. In a matter of minutes, you’ll be enjoying your favourite coffee right from the comfort of your own home.
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