How to Make a Latte Without an Espresso Machine

How to Make a Latte Without an Espresso Machine

Do you want to make a latte at home but the only thing stopping you is an espresso machine? You technically don’t need an espresso machine to make a delicious latte. 

A good latte is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s delicious and you can make an excellent one at home. Maybe even better than one you would buy from a local coffee shop, and no, you don’t need a fancy expensive espresso machine to do so!

In this article we are excited to teach you how to make a latte without an espresso machine. It’s easy and is a great way to change up your regular cup of joe. 

What Is a Latte?

So what even is a latte? For those who don’t know it is a coffee drink that is made with espresso and hot steamed milk and frothed milk (milk that is foamy like a cloud).

The coffee and steamed or frothed milk are typically blended together. Unlike other coffee drinks, such as a cappuccino, which has distinct layers to it. 

What You Will Need

-Espresso or strong brewed coffee 

-Your milk of choice 

-Coffee mug 


-Jar with a lid

How to Make a Latte Without an Espresso Machine

Step 1. Make the Espresso 

The first step to making a latte without an espresso machine is to brew your coffee. Once it’s done brewing, make sure to pour it into the coffee mug you want to drink your latte out of. 

Step 2. Make Your Milk 

To make your milk frothy you will want to fill up a jar about halfway, put the lid on, and shake the jar hard for about 60 seconds or until the milk has become a thick foam. 

You will then want to microwave the jar with the lid off for 30 seconds. You will see some of the milk will remain a foam and some will be a liquid. The milk in liquid form will be your steamed milk.

Or, you can put your milk into a cup, microwave it, and use a whisk to froth your milk. The foam will rise to the top of the cup similar to if you used a jar and microwaved it. 

You can even use a milk frother for this step. Click here to check out our review of the 8 best milk frothers! Milk frothers can be affordable, easy to use, and a great way to quickly whip milk if you want a machine to do it for you!

Step 3. Pour

Once your milk is heated, you will want to pour it into your mug of espresso. When doing so, take your spoon and hold back the foam and pour in as much milk as you want in your coffee. Blend. When you’re done add the foam on top of your coffee. 

Step 4. Optional: Add Flavor 

If you want, at this point you can sprinkle some spices in your drink to add a bit of flavor. Such as cocoa powder, cinamon, nutmeg, etc. Or you can even add vanilla extract or other flavors as well. 

Step 5. Enjoy 

The last step is to sit back, relax, and enjoy your delicious latte! 


Can you steam creamer for a latte?

Yes, you can steam creamer for a latte! Typically lattes are made with milk but if you like your coffee sweet, you can definitely use steamed coffee creamer. 

Can you make a latte with regular coffee?

Typically lattes are made with espresso. You can also make your latte with a strong coffee, however any regular coffee will still work. 

Is a latte the same as coffee?

A latte has coffee, but it is not the same as drip coffee. A latte is made of coffee, generally espresso, and milk. 

What’s the difference between an espresso and a latte? 

Espresso is a type of coffee bean. Typically you can drink an espresso that is just an espresso shot or a cup of espresso. A latte has espresso and is diluted with milk to create a less intense espresso flavor.