Coffee Latte Hack on Vacation Without Espresso Machine

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While it’s bright and sunny in the Northern hemisphere, here in Southeast Asia it is dull and gloomy. Rainy days is finally here boots,raincoats,umbrella and a cup of coffee makes everything warm and cozy. Thankfully I can still remember how to make my favorite coffee latte even without my espresso machine while I’m on vacation.

So, let’s start making!

How To Make a Latte Without Espresso Machine

What You Need


Espresso or strongly brewed coffee from an Aeropress
2% or nonfat milk
Cocoa powder, to garnish
sweetener (optional)


Wide, shallow coffee cup
Jar with lid


Make your espresso or strongly brewed coffee: As mentioned in the notes above, any strongly brewed espresso from a home espresso maker or a capsule machine like a Nespresso will do. Or use strongly brewed coffee from an Aeropress, not diluted with any water. I usually start with about 1/3 cup espresso, but this is up to you.

Froth the milk: Pour milk into the jar. Fill no more than halfway. Screw the lid on tightly and shake the jar as hard as you can until the milk is frothy and has roughly doubled in volume, 30 to 60 seconds.

Microwave the milk: Take the lid off the jar and microwave uncovered for 30 seconds. The foam will rise to the top of the milk and the heat from the microwave will help stabilize it.

Pour warm milk into the espresso: Pour the espresso or coffee into a wide, shallow coffee cup. Use a large spoon to hold back the milk foam, and pour as much warm milk as you would like into the espresso.
Add foam: Spoon as much milk foam as you would like into your latte (or perhaps it’s a cappuccino at this point!). Garnish, if desired, with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or nutmeg on top of the foam. Sip immediately!

Recipe Notes

Flavoring the latte: If you want a sweetened or flavored latte, stir in some syrup with the warm milk, before adding the foam.
Flavoring ideas: You can add a teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract or a sweetened flavored syrup such as caramel syrup or maple syrup is also delicious.

So, this is it, you can now make your own latte while you are in vacation even without a coffee maker.