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Hey, look! It's Rachie's first tutorial! :-D
I'm doing this because pretty much nobody here in Israel knows what coffee actually IS (they think it's cheap grounds mixed with hot water and sipped that way), and I was brought up by coffee snobs.

No, seriously. My parents have a coffee maker, a French press, a milk frother, a cappuccino maker, and about 8-10 flavors of gourmet coffee in the fridge at any given time.

Posted by *Witchy Rachie* from Holon, Israel • Published See *Witchy Rachie*'s 69 projects »

You Will Need

  • How to make a coffee. How To Make A Real Latte!  - Step 1
    Step 1

    For a traditional latte (without any additions and flavors), you will need:

    A French press or coffee maker

    A milk frother (mine is manual,but you can use whatever.)


    Milk (Yes, I have cream in the photo, because that's what I had available this morning, but this needs milk or soy milk to actually work.)


    Coffee Cup

    Teaspoon (for scraping the milk froth into the cup, and also for use while drinking)

    Measuring Tablespoon

    Microwave (optional, depending on how cooperative your milk is!)

    *Yes, my microwave has a mirror on it. It rocks. I know.

  • How to make a coffee. How To Make A Real Latte!  - Step 2
    Step 2

    For one, or possibly two, lattes, put two full tablespoons of coffee grounds into your press or coffee maker. This ensures that the coffee itself will be strong enough to qualify as good coffee! ;)

  • How to make a coffee. How To Make A Real Latte!  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Add a pinch of salt! I know this is weird, but trust me, this is a HUUUUUGE family secret I am sharing with you right now. Everyone says that the Cotters make the best coffee--well, this is why.

    Don't put too much salt in; just a pinch is perfect! *(Note: Always use "just a pinch," whether you are making a full press or just one or two cups.)

  • How to make a coffee. How To Make A Real Latte!  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pour as much water into the press as you want to have coffee. I suggest filling a press 1/4 to 1/3 (at the most!) for 1-2 cups. I usually fill my press 1/4 of the way and have a little left over. If you are using a machine coffee maker, just fill it for 1 or 2 cups of coffee. Turn on your coffee maker/let the press sit.

  • How to make a coffee. How To Make A Real Latte!  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now for the fun part! Put a little milk into your frother and froth away! You don't need much at all--remember, the milk is about to get very puffy.

    With my hand-frother, I have noticed that the milk froths much more easily when warm, so if your milk is not frothing, try warming it in the microwave for a few seconds and then returning it to the frother.

    Also, in my experience, cream does not froth when warm OR cold--but maybe that is just my experience with a hand frother. They require a little more work than the machine frothers, I think.

  • How to make a coffee. How To Make A Real Latte!  - Step 6
    Step 6

    (This is a hand-frother post-frothing.)

  • How to make a coffee. How To Make A Real Latte!  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Add the frothy milk to the coffee cup! Don't worry if there is a little non-frothed milk in the mix; this will just mix with the coffee for a milkier drink.

  • How to make a coffee. How To Make A Real Latte!  - Step 8
    Step 8

    the coffee should be done steeping by this time. If you are using a press, this is the time to "PRESS" (haha--bad joke) the coffee down! It might be a little stubborn, but this is good--it just means that the grounds have been mingling with the water all this time. The longer the grounds stay floating, the better the coffee. Israeli coffee, naturally, does not like to stay afloat. Go figure.

    Short story long, prepare your coffee for its final destination. :-D

  • How to make a coffee. How To Make A Real Latte!  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Add the coffee to the frothed milk carefully. I tend to pour it in rather slowly, on the side in one area. I know baristas can do all sorts of crazy designs on top with the coffee, but I'm not good at that for the moment, so I'll post a tutorial on that once I'm good at it.

  • How to make a coffee. How To Make A Real Latte!  - Step 10
    Step 10

    Enjoy your latte! As you can see here, mine is a failure, even though I warmed and frothed the cream like none other. This is why you do not use cream, but instead, milk.

    Your latte should look similar to this, though. the coffee will show on top of the froth a little bit. That's natural--it's coffee; it stains.

    I hope you like!!! Also, don't forget that practice makes perfect. :)

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Nail Art and other DIY
Nail Art and other DIY · Irving, Texas, US · 29 projects
wow i love your microwave oven. i didn't know they made them with mirrors lol
Emily Katherine
Emily Katherine · Princeton, West Virginia, US · 5 projects
Your parents sounds like my kinda people!
*Witchy Rachie*
*Witchy Rachie* · Holon, IL · 70 projects
This comment situation is getting ridiculous. >.<
*Witchy Rachie*
*Witchy Rachie* · Holon, IL · 70 projects
Crap!! I just commented on what you said, Mag, and then it disappeared!! Happy

Anyway, I said thank you for the milk tips--I'm wondering how you can get the milk specifically to that temperature? I also said before that I hope those who read my tutorial read your tip. :-D

*Witchy Rachie*
*Witchy Rachie* · Holon, IL · 70 projects
Mag, those are great tips!! Thanks, and hopefully those who are interested in my tutorial will read your comment as well. Happy

I'm also very impressed that I learned the genuine way from my coffee-snob American-Irish-German family, of all things--LOL! :-D
Mag M.
Mag M. · Munich, Bavaria, DE · 2 projects
I'm a coffee snob too, plus I'm italian and we start drink coffee when we're teens.
Your technique is perfect, I just want to add something about milk.

Tips and tricks for a real italian cappuccino from a 100% italian girl:

Milk: use whole milk, the temperature must be over 113F (45°C) and under 145F (65°C).

After frothing, remove the frother top and do some gentle rotation, this way the milk foam bubbles will blend, and you'll have a creamy shiny foam that will last till the last sip.

*Witchy Rachie*
*Witchy Rachie* · Holon, IL · 70 projects
hooray! i hope it turns out great! the milk frothing can be a little tricky, but as long as you have that down, then you are good to go. Happy
cool! thnx 4 the tut!
im gunna make one for my mom and dad now!
Melissa K.
Melissa K. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 51 projects
mmmmmmmm That looks soooooo good, i could go for one right now!!!!

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