I was really spoiled during the years that we owned the bakery/cafe. Everyday I got to use a huge, beast of an espresso machine that runs for about $10,000 to buy. It produced the creamiest, dreamiest, milky lattes and espresso shots with the thickest crema. It was my baby.
After we sold it, my little personal espresso machine that had been sitting under the counter for 3 years died. I worked for about 1 day (and didn’t work well) and then it just died. I definitely didn’t have the money to go out and buy a new espresso machine especially since the ones that are actually decent are at least $600+ so I went out and bought a $12 stovetop espresso maker- a Bialetti moka pot. I gave up lattes for a while assuming all I could ever have again was americanos until I had the idea to use my ninja to make foamy, creamy milk for a makeshift latte.
The day I did that was the best day ever. I now make lattes every single morning (sometimes matcha, sometimes decaf coffee) and all it took was a $12 tiny little moka pot. Today I thought I’d share with you how I do it so that any of you who LOVE lattes but can’t justify spending an obscene amount on an at home espresso machine can make them whenever you want, too! The photos are crappy because while I’m usually totally cool with eating cold or lukewarm food in the name of a photoshoot… I’m not willing to have a lukewarm latte. SO there was no set up and no fancy camera. Just my dark kitchen and my phone camera.
K here we go!
Here’s what we need: A blender (preferably ninja or another powerful small blender), milk, a small pot, a moka pot (bialetti), and espresso.
FIRST add your milk to your pot and put it on the stove on high heat. Stir frequently to avoid burning the milk and don’t let it boil. It should feel quite hot to touch it with your finger but never boil.
While the milk is heating, fill your bialetti with water + espresso and heat that on the stove over high heat, too.
Remove it from heat once it has finished brewing. There should be a good layer of crema (though not as much as you’d get from an espresso machine unfortunately). Pour the espresso in to your mug (I use a starbucks insulated travel mug to keep it hot) and then pour a little bit of your hot milk in to the mug.
Pour the rest of the milk in to your blender and blend it on high for a couple of minutes.
Be careful when you unscrew the top. The milk will expand and some may squirt out! Do it slowly.
Pour it in to your mug and enjoy! PS, I use the 3 shot bialetti so for that I use about 2 cups of milk because I like my lattes very milky. It makes a 20oz latte. You can get smaller and bigger moka pots so adjust according to how big you want yours!
That right there is my lifeblood. It makes me happy to get up in the morning.
Cheers guys! I hope you try it and love it!