Great news! You no longer need to blow $4.00 at Starbucks or at your local trendy coffee shop to enjoy a latte.
In this post, I'll explain how to make a delicious latte-style coffee in the comfort of your own home, without any expensive coffee-making equipment, milk-frothing attachments or other gadgets. Here's how:
1) Fill a microwave-safe coffee mug half full with milk (skim, whole, 2%, it doesn't matter).
2) Microwave on high for 60 seconds.
3) If you want to add sugar, stir it in immediately after microwaving.
4) Let the heated (and sweetened) milk stand for 10-15 seconds. You'll see a layer of foam rise to the top of the milk. Then, very gently, fill the mug the rest of the way with strong coffee.
5) Drink and enjoy.
A quick final note: Obviously, some microwaves are more powerful than others. If you heat the milk to a point where it begins bubbling, not only will it not form the desired foamy texture, it may explode all over the inside of your microwave. Tears and suffering will ensue. Keep an eye on things the first couple of times you do this and you'll quickly figure out your optimal microwave time.
Needless to say, this isn't identical to a latte, but it's a surprisingly close--and laughably cheap--approximation. Enjoy!
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