How to Make the Perfect Vanilla Latte at Home

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How to Make the Perfect Vanilla Latte at Home


  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 cup of milk (whole milk or almond milk work well)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)


  1. Brew one shot of espresso using your preferred method. If you have an espresso machine, simply follow the instructions to make a single shot of espresso. If you don't have an espresso machine, you can use a Moka pot or French press to make a strong coffee concentrate. Simply add 2-3 tablespoons of coffee grounds to the Moka pot or French press, add hot water, and let it brew for a few minutes. Once it's done, pour the coffee concentrate into a cup to use for your latte.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat one cup of milk over medium heat. Make sure to use a milk frother or whisk to create a frothy texture. If using a milk frother, heat the milk to around 150°F (65°C). If using a whisk, heat the milk until it's hot but not boiling, then whisk vigorously to create foam. This will take about 1-2 minutes.

  3. Once the milk is hot and frothy, remove it from the heat and add one teaspoon of vanilla extract and one teaspoon of sugar. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved.

  4. Pour the milk mixture into a large mug, leaving room for the espresso shot.

  5. Add the shot of espresso to the mug and stir well to combine. Make sure to stir gently to avoid breaking the foam.

  6. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired. To make whipped cream, simply whisk heavy cream until it thickens and forms soft peaks. Add a teaspoon of sugar and whisk again until it's fully combined. Spoon the whipped cream onto the top of your latte, then sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the top.

  7. Enjoy your delicious vanilla latte!

Pro tip: You can experiment with different flavors by adding a flavored syrup or a sprinkle of cocoa powder. For a dairy-free version, use almond milk and a non-dairy whipped cream.

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