Who loves coffee? The majority of adults start their day with a cup of joe to get their engines running. I’m not a black coffee drinker; I need a little creaminess to my morning beverage. So today I’m going to show you how to make a caffè latte without an expensive, fancy machine.
Good coffee starts with a good coffee bean, so imagine my excitement when I found out my friend Christen started her own coffee-roasting business. I immediately placed an order and fell in love with specialty-grade Proton coffee.
Christen sources green coffee beans and roasts them to order, so you know you’re getting the freshest coffee beans available. I always buy the beans as opposed to ground coffee, but she offers both (and for the record, I’m not being paid to write about her new business).
My coffee maker lets you brew a single cup, or a pot of several cups. When I want a single cup to make a caffè latte or cappuccino, I use a cup that fits into a K-cup style coffee machine. Just grind the beans and fill ‘er up!
I typically brew an 8 ounce cup with a stronger medium or dark roast coffee bean. You can of course make an espresso, too. While the coffee is brewing, you can heat and froth your milk for your caffè latte.
I use the Miroco milk steamer and frother that I found on Amazon, but there are a lot of milk steaming and frothing options available. You can find them at Target or Walmart, too. I found that skim milk and 2% milk frothed up just fine (the instructions say whole milk only).
You can use any kind of milk, and fill the steamer/frother to the proper line depending on whether you want a lot of foam, or a little. The Miroco frother also provides an option for just steaming your milk without adding any foam. That way, you can enjoy a “flat white” coffee.
We used to have a fancy latte and cappuccino machine, but hubby prefers plain old coffee. So rather than have a counter top full of coffee-making toys, the frother and steamer with a regular coffee machine was a good compromise for us.
It takes just a minute to steam and froth your milk, so you don’t have to wait long. It’s faster than waiting for a latte from your favorite coffee shop. And after 10 lattes, you’ve paid for your frother by not spending $4 at Starbucks.
You can see how much the milk frothed up. Just pour the milk and foam into your brewed coffee or espresso. You can add a flavored syrup if that’s your preference.
Look how creamy and good that foam looks. Mmmm!
You can sprinkle a bit of chocolate powder or cinnamon on top of the foam if you’d like. When I wake up, I look forward to my morning latte. And now I enjoy it even more with my friend Christen’s coffee beans.
I love the idea of buying roasted coffee beans that are fresh and help support local business. You can order Proton coffee beans online – Christen is happy to ship them. You’ll find a variety of roasts available.
Christen chose the name “Proton” because a proton carries a positive charge – which is what good coffee does – it gives you a positive charge to start the day.
Here’s a handy coffee chart in case you’ve wondered what all the different espresso/coffee drinks are. I think I need to try a Con Panna next!
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