Walk down any high street and you’ll spot a coffee shop on every street corner. We’ve all welcomed the trend for American-style takeaway coffee and most of us can’t start our working day without a cardboard cup in our hand, filled with a steaming hot brew.
But if you’re a caffeine fiend like us, then picking up your daily latte, cappuccino or Americano can become an expensive habit. And while it’s nice to have a small treat to kick-start your day, just think what the equivalent of a month’s worth of shop-bought coffees could buy you in some of your favourite fashion stores!
So why not save £40 a month by whipping up your caffeine fix at home each morning? You can easily make an authentic coffee in your kitchen and you don’t even have to own an expensive coffee machine.
Learn how to make a latte with our simple step-by-step.
1. Choose a strong blend of ground coffee to ensure your coffee maintains a depth of flavour when you add milk. We like the South American blends from Asda’s Extra Special line.
2. Use your regular cafetière, percolator coffee machine or stove coffee maker to make your regular coffee but add a touch more than you would normally for an extra strong brew.
3. Fill a clean jam halfway with milk. Screw the lid on and shake well until the milk goes frothy and doubles in volume (up to a minute).
4. Remove the lid and place in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds which will make the foam rise to the top of the milk.
5. Get your mug of freshly brewed strong, black coffee, then use a large spoon to hold back the foam and pour as much hot milk into your mug as you like.
6. Spoon as much foam as you want onto your coffee to create an authentic latte. If you really want to push the boat out, use a mini sieve to sprinkle over cocoa powder. If you’re serving up coffee to guests at home then grab a toothpick to create a heart or swirl shape in the milk foam. And voilà! Your homemade latte is ready to enjoy.