How to Make a Caffè Latte Without a Fancy Machine

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.

Coffee Latte - how to make without an espresso 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).

Roasted Coffee Beans


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!

Proton Roasted Coffee Beans - Sumatra and Brazil


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.

Large Cow Mug with Coffee


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).

Miroco Milk Frother for Latte and Cappuccino


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.

Milk in a Milk Frother Before Steaming and Frothing


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.

How to Make Latte without an Espresso Machine


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.

Making a Coffee Latte with a Milk Frother



Making a Coffee Latte with a Milk Frother


Look how creamy and good that foam looks. Mmmm!

Homemade Coffee Latte with Frothed Milk


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.

Coffee Latte - how to make without an espresso machine


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!

Coffee Chart for Espresso and Coffee Drinks


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  1. The picture of your latte is perfection, but I am with hubby, give me regular coffee please. No frothy milk.

  2. I loved this post! I want to look into your friend’s coffee, but I can’t seem to get to the site.

  3. Hi, Jennifer!

    I don’t drink coffee, but I do love a tea latte. I looked at that froth machine and it says to use whole milk. Have you ever tried to use 2% or 1% milk in yours? I’m wondering if it would work with a lower fat milk. THANKS!

    1. Hi Judy!

      Yes, you can use other kinds of milk. I’ve used 2% and fat-free milk and both froth up just fine. Good question. I’ll add that info to the blog post. 🙂