4 steps to the perfect {make at home} latte

For our anniversary, Ryan gave me the milk frother I had been wanting. Romantic? Maybe not. But I was thrilled. Each afternoon, I long for a sweet coffee treat and our new set up has not only indulged that craving but has also saved us lots of trips and money spent at our local starbucks.

Here’s my latte-making routine:

4-steps supplies-to-make-latte

step-1-&-2 step-3-&-4


1. I use the bosch tassimo single serve machine {a hand-me-down from Ryan’s parents!} with decaf espresso pods.  It takes seconds for a freshly brewed cup of espresso.

2. All I need is just a splash of vanilla syrup and a heaping teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder for that subtly sweet afternoon pick-me-up.

3. Pour milk into the frother and set to desired temperature. Press the button and it whirls the milk around heating it up and making it the most delicious creamy/airy milk

4. Add milk to espresso/flavoring. If you’re fancy you can make little swirls and leaf shapes and hearts with your foam. I haven’t perfected this yet.



Tassimo single-serve coffee brewer
{there are many different single serve coffee makers on the market – or you can just use strongly brewed coffee}

Gevalia decaffeinated espresso pods
{be sure to use the pods specifically made for your machine}

Breville milk frother
{there are many different frothers on the market. I chose this based on reviews and am very happy with it. My one request would be for an even hotter setting. I like my lattes very, very hot}

Vanilla syrup

Cocoa powder
{the only link I could find is for a pack of 10 – you probably won’t want that many – a little goes a long way. I love getting the flavor of chocolate without all the sweetness}

16 Responses to 4 steps to the perfect {make at home} latte

  1. Beth February 5, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    Ooh! I love it when you share your favorites! A great milk frother is ever (coffee loving) girl’s best friend. I also love the Nespresso one.

  2. Tania May 9, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    This looks amazing. And easy. :) I wanted to mention that I saw that cocoa available at Fred Meyer. I know they probably don’t have a link to share but that’s another place to find it.

    Thanks again for sharing this, have a great weekend.

  3. Leah May 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Tip from a long time barista: have the milk ready when the espresso is ready so you can add the milk immediately. The longer the espresso sits with out the milk the more bitter it will taste.

    • emily May 9, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll give it a try today

  4. Inger May 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    You’re using Gevalia coffee! ! That’s from my hometown in Sweden, Gävle. I grew up with the smell of coffee that sometimes blow over the whole city. I didn’t know you could by Gevlia in USA.:-)

  5. rachel May 8, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    looks so yummy! thanks for sharing! and…now i want a latte!

  6. Jo May 8, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    I bought that exact frother and returned it after a few uses. I found it just didn’t make very good froth. Are you happy with yours?

    • emily May 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      The first time I tried it I added the cocoa into the milk before frothing – it did not turn out foamy at all. So now I just froth first and add to espresso/cocoa mixture.

  7. Maryann C May 8, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Oops. I posted this question on your “Latte A Day” (older) post: Mind sharing where you got that initial mug?

    • emily May 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      The mug is from Anthropologie.

  8. gloria May 8, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    Love your latte making tips. I haven’t invested in a milk frother. I just heat my milk in the microwave and use a battery operated frother I found at World Market. Not as fancy but it does the trick. Have you tried Torani Sugar Free Salted Carmel Syrup? So Good! (Another World Market find.)

  9. melaine thompson May 8, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    I’ll be right over. Can you have mine ready by 10 pls? :) xoxo

    • emily May 8, 2013 at 8:51 am #

      come on over!

  10. victoria May 8, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    Good morning, dear Emily
    The latte sounds wonderful! I will be right over. . .
    It was lovely to see you last week.
    Thank you for sharing your love for the Word from the Voice translation.
    It reaches right to the heart. You are a blessing!

    • emily May 8, 2013 at 8:51 am #

      Let’s do coffee soon!

  11. Jenn @ A Simple Haven May 8, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    What a sweet gift! It inspires me to pull out the espresso maker that my Hubs got me years ago.

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