How to Make a Latte With Nespresso

Nespresso is one of my favorite things, first because it’s a huge time-saver and second because I love gadgets that simplify the things I do on a daily basis. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a latte (or a cappuccino, if you slightly modify the recipe) using a Nespresso machine.

There are only a few things you will need for this:

  1. A Nespresso machine with a steam nozzle or a separate milk frother
  2. Some Nespresso capsules (Ristretto and Kazaar are the best Nespresso capsules for lattes)
  3. Milk (you can use whole, low-fat or skim — it’s up to you)

To start with, use your Nespresso machine to prepare a capsule of coffee. Use the lungo size setting, which will give you about 110ml of coffee. If you like a stronger taste to your latte, you can brew a smaller shot of espresso to make the flavor more intense.

Once you’ve made the coffee, measure 220 ml (about seven-and-a-half ounces) of milk in a stainless steel container. Use the steam nozzle of your Nespresso machine or milk frother to turn the milk into a rich, steamy foam.

The key to getting the milk right is to move the frother throughout the milk as you make the steamed milk. Good milk should be smooth and consistent, not overly bubbly. If the milk starts to bubble too much, move the frother around so that the milk is evenly exposed to the steam. You’ll get the hang of it with time.

After you’ve frothed the milk, pour the steamed milk onto the coffee, then gently scoop the frothed milk at the top of the container onto the milk coffee. A good latte should have a smooth layer of milk that’s mixed with the coffee, then the “lightest” frothed milk on top. Like everything, this is a skill that you’ll pick up with time.

If you can’t work out the exact way to froth up the milk, this guide to using a steam wand from The Spruce is a good primer on the topic.

Let the coffee cool for a minute and *voila!* you now have a delicious latte that you prepared at home, all for a fraction of the cost of ordering the same thing in your local cafe. Enjoy!