Espresso coffee when topped with perfectly steamed milk makes amazing espresso latte.
While the espresso machines come with a steam outlet to froth and steam the milk, you can also steam the milk perfectly at your home.
Steaming milk for your espresso latte need not be a difficult task after all, if you know certain ways to aerate the milk.
For the smooth velvety textured like toppings of the latte you will have to first aerate the milk as you steam it.
Aerating the milk requires you to first know the function of steam wand and then using it while steaming the milk accordingly.
Just as important it is to know the perfect way of aerating the milk, you should also need practice gentle touch of swirling the milk and also understand how temperature affects the overall texture of the steamed milk.
To aerate the milk for steaming and to obtain a decent amount of foam you should follow the below procedures of aeration and then delve in the art of making perfectly delicious lattes.
Filling up the pitcher & purging the steam wand
In the first step of aerating your milk for the coffee you will need to fist fill up the milk pitcher with cold milk to half full.
For better texture and for making the perfectly steamed milk you should try to opt for skimmed milk.
Insert the steam wand into the milk and then turn on the steam of the pitcher.
Letting the layer of bubbles form up
Just as the steam is turned on you’ll notice a layer of micro foams appearing on the surface of the milk.
This step requires you to create enough amount of foam and is an essential step for aerating the milk perfectly.
However, if larger bubbles start to appear try to adjust the position of your steaming wand and try to swirl the milk in a different motion.
Just as a perfect layer of small foams appear on the surface you should put down the steaming wand and lower the heat simultaneously to let the milk get steamed for second time.
Maintaining the temperature and noticing the steaming sound
While you are steaming the milk it should sound like a low hum or a hiss sound.
If the pitch of the sound gets higher than this then you should instantly consider lowering the temperature and aerating the milk once again.
Now that you know how to steam milk perfectly at home you can try out the following easy Latte recipes and indulge in its delight.
Here are some recipes for mixing a typical espresso drink with steamed milk and to discover a wonderful Cafe au Lait like that of the trendy local coffee shops.
4.1 Latte Espresso
In here the recipes shared is for making a 16 ounce cup of coffee. However, reduce or increase the amount of espresso in the recipe depending upon the amount of final serving and similarly opt of adjusting the quantity of the steamed milk depending upon your desired preferences.
Just as described above; steam the required amount of milk and brew 2 ounces of espresso in the normal way. Next, pour the espresso into a cup.
Measure three quarters of the cup with steamed milk and fill the cup with it. To make it frothier you should opt for increasing the amount of steamed milk in it. You can make the latte a bit more special by sprinkling nutmeg or cinnamon on the top.
Alternatively you can top it off with whipped cream. For a stronger Latte use strong-brewed coffee and extra espresso shots and then top it with velvety milk froth.
4.2 Vanilla Latte
Just the way you have steamed milk when making the Latte Espresso, aerate the milk this time but more another variation of the coffee recipe. Brew 2 ounces of espresso the way you usually do and pour the espresso into a cup.
Next, combine three spoons of vanilla syrup with the espresso shot and fill three quarters with steamed milk. Finally, fill the top of the vanilla latte with milk foam according to desired consistency.
When making Cappuccino follow the above procedures of steaming milk and brewing up the espresso shot for pouring it onto a cup.
Next, add steamed milk to three quarter or half of the cup and top it off with extra milk foam.
You can make a dry version of the cappuccino by just using milk froth and a milkier version of the cappuccino by using more milk then froth and similarly add powdered chocolate or such spices to enhance the flavor of this Cappuccino.
4.4 Caramel Macchiato
The Starbucks version of caramel macchiato begins with steamed milk and ends with a good combination of rich espresso shot.
However, unlike the above recipes there is a slight difference to the way the espresso shot and foam is poured into the cup.
Keep in mind to pour the espresso over and thorough the foam so that a brown mark just like the Starbucks one stays at the surface of your caramel macchiato.
4.5 Café Mocha
Café Mocha is a chocolate variant of the above shared recipes and in this recipe the key take is to combine the steamed milk and rich espresso shots just as the above ones and make a slight little variation.
Simply, add a dash of mocha syrup and top it off with whipped cream to make the best Café Mocha right at your home.
With practice the art of making a delicious Macchiato or Iced Latte at home is just as easy and you can also try unleashing your creativity by drawing some cool types of art for topping it off.
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