A quick and easy caramel latte made at home without an espresso machine! Coffee lovers, rejoice!
Is it just me or is the price of a coffeehouse latte a little ridiculous? Don’t get me wrong, I love the taste of a freshly made latte with two shots of strongly brewed espresso as much as the next person. This is my version of a caramel latte the regular “Joe” can make at home without needing an espresso machine (I promise I’ll try to keep the coffee jokes to a minimum.)
My senior year of college, my housemate had an espresso machine that she let us use, provided that we bought our own espresso powder and cleaned it out once we were done with it. Let me just say, that was a very productive year…the espresso never let me sleep! Cleaning the machine was also a little bit of a pain in the butt. You had to wait for the espresso to cool down before you could scrub out the burnt smelling espresso from the pod/handle part. And the milk steamer would always have this very unappealing residue once you used it. It was a bit high maintenance. Delicious, but not always worth the work.
Although I’ll always be a caramel macchiato girl at heart, I do get the craving for a latte once in awhile. In efforts to save a little bit of money (still keeping up with my resolutions!) I chose to recreate this latte with what I had at home already. Say you’re paying $4.65 for a medium sized latte at Starbucks…sounds about right, yes? $4.65 x 3 lattes per week = $13.95. If you’re diligent about your thrice a week Starbucks habit, that’ll run you $725.40 over the course of a year. Wait, WHAT?! I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend that money on a weeklong cruise or a trip to Disney World!
Here’s how you can make your own makeshift latte without an espresso machine.
Caramel Latte, without spending a latte.
Brew either 4 or 6 ounces of strong coffee. We have a Keurig 2.0 with different brew size options. There’s also an option for a “strong” cup of coffee. If you have that option, check that button. If you’re like my mom and still love your old drip coffee machine, add in a few extra grinds to your usual amount of water that’ll yield you 6 ounces of coffee.
“Steam” your milk and caramel flavoring. I microwaved the milk for a minute and a half, and poured in about 3/4 worth in with the strong coffee. I was out of caramel syrup that day, but did happen to have caramel coffee creamer on hand. It works all the same. Since I also don’t have a steamer (or frother…) I did what I could by improvising. I’d like to think of myself as the coffee MacGyver. I never watched an episode of that show, (since it stopped airing when I was two) but I think I got the reference right.
To “froth” the milk without a frother, aerate the remaining hot milk in a single serve blender cup by blending it for 10-15 seconds. I never said this was glamorous, but I did say that this would make you a delicious latte-inspired beverage for a fraction of the price. Definitely save up all that latte money and use it on a trip or something you really want instead!
Pour the froth over the milk and add sweetener if that’s your style. I like a packet of stevia. Sip away, my friends!
No-Espresso-Machine Caramel Latte
- 6 ounces strongly brewed coffee
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tbsp caramel coffee creamer
- sweetener to taste
- cinnamon optional
- Brew 4-6 ounces of strong hot coffee into a mug.
- In a separate microwavable dish, heat milk and creamer for 90 seconds or until desired temperature.
- Pour 3/4 of milk mixture over hot coffee.
- With remaining 1/4 milk, blend in single-serve blender cup for around 10 seconds, or until foamy.
- Pour foamed milk over coffee and milk.
- Add sweetener to taste and ground cinnamon if desired.
This recipe was inspired by an infographic on the anatomy of Starbucks beverages.
What would you do with an extra $725.40? What’s your favorite coffee drink?
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