Compact Espresso Machine: How To Make Latte

Author : Efrain S.

If you want to make a basic latte using one of these cute little ‘compact’, or portable, espresso machines, then you should know, first of all, that it is not rocket science at all — relatively easy to do, and with only a few basic types of ingredients that you need, this process overall should be usually smooth and fun. Make yourself a true barista, in the process, he he he heh….

Now then, first off, you are going to need to be able to get those coffee beans nice and prepped to go, and if you want some finely ground ones while you are at it, then it might be in your best interest to just go for something of the same size or similar as, say, table grain salt. A burr compact grinder might be ideal, as well, when wanting a good latte in its proper acidity, as well, here, which can be tricky when using a compact espresso machine. Use newer beans, by the way, if you wish to get a less acidic flavor and taste as newer beans are known to be more acid.

NOW FOR PUTTING IN THE CUPS OF MILK — PAY EXTRA ATTENTION HERE —- you want to go for like a 6 – 1 ratio, basically meaning that for each single latte cup you want to get, you should account for about 6 ounces of milk. And for 2 cups, 12 ounces, etc etc etc….

When it comes to latte, you can use any type of milk you want for this —- whatever your compact espresso machine can handle well, and that can be anything from whole milk to 2 % to even non – fat as well. Just make sure your specific user guide does not prohibit any certain kinds (as some actually do, so you have to read the fine print very, very carefully, he he heh). A little hint here as well : If you want to make foam easier and quicker, since that part of the latte – making process can be such a pain in the back, at times, then go for using nothing other than non – fat milk. Although, you should note that there will not be as much decadent flavor, all in all, in the final taste of things…but give it a shot and see how it turns (or should I say ‘churns’) out in your particular machine.

If you want things a little creamier, on the other hand, then 2 % milk will be your best buddy here. Try it. This can also give you a more rich, all in all, flavor at the end of the day (a richness that does not really decay once the coffee goes cold later in the evening, he heh). And of course, in the end, put in how long you want the coffee to brew (if your specific machine offers you an option for that) or pour and choose how long to let sit.