How to make a latte at home with a Chemex

How to make a latte with a Chemex

March 20th, 2016

Definition of latte: “A latte is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. The term as used in English is a shortened form of the Italian caffè latte.”

If you have a Chemex coffee maker then you’re half way there with the equipment you’ll need to create a latte, but you will also need a milk frothing device. I found this gorgeous copper milk frother by Bodum.

How to make a latte with a Chemex

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The Supplies

Chemex coffee maker $39.42
Milk frother – $34.95
Coffee filter – $7.57
Ground coffee
Milk (I prefer (Organic) whole milk, it’s makes a much creamier latte, but any cow milk will froth)
A cup or mug!

Pour the coffee grounds into the filter

Boil the water for the coffee, you’ll need about 1/2 a cup. Place the filter onto the Chemex and pour into it about 1/4 cup of coffee grounds (per cup of coffee).

Add boiling water to the coffee

Pour boiling water into the center of the coffee grounds, pour just enough to cover the grounds. Wait 30 seconds for the coffee to “bloom”. While the coffee is blooming, measure the milk in the milk frothing machine, then heat the measured milk either in a saucepan (until it starts to simmer) or microwave (for 1 minute).

Pour milk into the milk frother

Now continue to pour the heated water over the coffee grounds. You don’t need very much coffee because you are effectively creating an espresso.

Pump the milk frothing device to create the foam

Pour the heated milk back into the milk frother and pump the machine, the milk should double in size.

How to make a latte with a Chemex
Pour filtered coffee in your your mug

Pour the coffee into your cup, and then add in the frothed milk.

Add frothed milk to your coffee

There you have it, a homemade latte. Yum!

** Update**

Since writing this post, I upgraded my milk foam device to an electric Nespresso milk form machine. The Nespresso machine I use is much easier than the hand pump machine. At a click of a button, the machine froths the milk for you. The machine I have doesn’t heat the milk, so I do so in a mug in the microwave (which heats the mug too!). You can buy milk frothing machines that do both the heating and the frothing, which would make the processes easier – although it wont heat the mug!

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