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Video:How to Make a Latte

with William Gross

A great latte is a perfect balance of milk and espresso. See how to pull an espresso shot, steam milk, and pour an absolutely delicious latte.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Latte

Hi. I’m William Gross from Joe in Manhattan, and I’m here for About.com. Today, I’m going to show you how to make the perfect 12 ounce latte.

Latte Ingredients

“Café Latte” or “Latte” literally means coffee with milk and is usually one third espresso with 2/3rd’s steamed milk folded or blended in during the pour.

To make the perfect 12 ounce latte you’re going to need. Milk, a tamper, a milk steaming pitcher, a glass, and one double espresso shot. So, the first thing to do is to get all of your milk measured up before you go. 10 ounces of milk approximately.

Pulling an Espresso Shot

The key to making a “perfect” latte is ensuring the espresso shot is pulled just right and that the milk heats to 150 – 160 degrees and that the pitcher is placed to create a counter clockwise spin, creating the smooth velvety texture most desired in lattes. It is important to use both fresh beans and purified water heated to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The tamper is used to condense or compact the grounds within the porta-filter. Pressing the grounds with the tamper creates the right amount of resistance to the water rushing through.

One double espresso shot takes about 21 grams of ground coffee. Steam milk betweem 150 F and 160 F. Above that it will scorch.

Remove Bubbles and Foam

Tap both the shot of espresso and the pitcher of steamed milk to get rid of any bubbles. The shot of espresso and the milk must be folded together immediately.

When pouring make sure no foam enters the drink until you are about 1/4 in. from the top.

Pouring the Steamed Milk

Pull the shot. Put your steam on. Clear the wand. Knock out any bubbles that are in the milk or in the espresso itself. Tip the glass toward the pitcher. You’re pouring from one side or the other.

When pouring make sure no foam enters the drink until you are about 1/4 in. from the top.

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