How to Make a Latte Without an Espresso Machine: 4 Easiest Ways

Latte probably the most photographed cup of coffee and very attractive to the coffee lovers. It is the most popular drink in coffee shops. One day, I was craving for a latte. So, I decided to make my latte at home but alas! My espresso machine was not working. 

Then I tried something new, decided to make a latte without an espresso machine. And It was a great joy that I had made very fantastic latte successfully without using the espresso machine. You may also want to make a latte at home, but don’t know the process or feel difficulties in making it.

Trust me, you can make a latte at home very quickly, and you don’t need to spend much money on buying an expensive machine. In this article, I have discussed how to make a latte without an espresso machine at home.

What Is A Latte?

The Italian word ‘Caffe e latte’ is the origin of the name ‘latte’. The Italian phrase means ‘coffee and milk’. Latte is, to some extent, similar to a cappuccino, where everything revolves around the soft, silky foam. Latte is a classic coffee made with a single or double shot of espresso and steamed milk with a small layer of frothed milk.

The texture of a latte is essential. It adds a lit bit of extra to the beautiful appearance of this drink.

How Do Espresso Machines Work To Make Latte?

The easiest and best way to make latte at home is using anEspresso machine. Following parts are the contributions of an espresso machine in the process of making a wonderful cup of latte.

Preheating the latte cup:

Preheat your cup; otherwise, your espresso shot will go cold p while you steam and froth your milk. It is a small step, but essential.

Espresso shot:

For each latte, you need to brew a double shot of espresso and pour it in the cup. It will be a darker flavour if you prefer a weaker coffee flavour brew a single shot.

Frothing the milk:

There are many types of milk that you can use to make a latte. So put your milk of choice in a frothing pitcher and steam it using your machines wand. For regular milk, the temperature will be 150˚F. Be careful; don’t rise above the weather. If you do so, then it may burn the milk that will reduce the natural sweetness of milk, and ruin the flavor.

Now, time to pour the steamed and frothed milk into espresso. You should take time with this and not to splash or spill any of that hot milk or espresso. So, carefully pour the milk slowly from a height, as the milk flows first and the froth close at the end of the pour.

How To Make A Latte Without An Espresso Machine?

how to make a latte without an espresso machine

People wonder how to make a latte at home. So, I have included the best ways, and you can find latte recipes without machine below. The steps for making lattes at home are:

1. Preparing Espresso

It is quite tough to make a latte without an espresso machine because good espresso relies on pressure. And a machine is the easiest way to keep the pressure at a consistent level. Espresso is the first step in making the perfect latte.

But don’t worry, it is not impossible to make the perfect latte at home. You can make your espresso by an AeroPress or Moka Pot, furthermore with a French press.

AeroPress Method:

Things need to follow:

  • First, prime the AeroPress by putting a filter in the drain cap & running some hot water through it.
  • Put the ground coffee to your AeroPress and gently tamp down the grounds.
  • Quickly pour hot water into AeroPress.
  • Then push down the plunger, applying firm & even pressure.
    So, the shot is ready.

The Moka Pot method:

There are three parts of the Moka pot: a water reservoir, funnel filter, and coffee pot.
The instructions are:

  • Firstly, put the ground coffee onto the metal filter of the Moka pot.
  • Screw the filter and pot onto the water reservoir and properly seal it.
  • Please put it on the stovetop & turn to a medium-high level.

2. Preparing Steamed Milk

Steamed milk is actually heated milk. You may become tensed on how to steam milk for latte without machine. But you can do it using a stovetop or microwave. 

You’ll need:

  • Milk
  • Small saucepan
  • Thermometer


  • First of all, take a small jar, pour the milk into it, and place it on the stovetop.
  • Time and temperature for heating milk for latte depend on the type of it.
  • For regular milk, the temperature needs 150ºF, for Soy Milk needs 140ºF, and if you use Almond Milk, then it needs 130ºF.
  • You should keep steering to prevent the milk from boiling. After hitting in a suitable temperature, remove it from boiling.

3. Preparing Frothed Milk

Now you need to transform the steamed milk into the foam in just a matter of a few minutes.

Require ingredients:

  • Steamed milk
  • French press
  • Microwave

Instructions to do it:

  • Fill up your mug with your steamed milk.
  • After that, you need to pour the hot milk into it, attaching the press.
  • Now, quickly elevate and press into the hot milk to force air particles into milk’s proteins and fats. Keep on doing this for 10-15 seconds.
  • Finally, take the lid off and pour the frothed milk into your latte drink.

4. Designing Your Latte

Now you’ve coffee and steamed milk ready; you’ll need a latte cup to design your favourite drink. Designing the latte would give an extra boost it is an important part of the best latte recipe.

Sprinkle the cocoa powder or nutmeg on the top of the foam to give your drink a nice finishing touch along with enhancing its flavour. You can also add cinnamon, cardamom pods, ground ginger, what you love. Moreover, you can use extracts like peppermint extract, vanilla extract or almond extract to make your drink extra tasty.

By the following steps, hopefully, you have been able to make your own latte at home.

Frequently Asked Questions


Finally, you can fix your latte crave, and you don’t need those expensive machines. It is not necessary to be an expert barista to follow our guide on how to make a latte without an espresso machine.

Following the above steps, easily brew your espresso, steam the milk, add some toppings and yay! Your yummy latte is ready. By one cup of tasteful latte, coffee lovers can reduce his craving for both the coffee and latte.

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