Easy, Impressive Looking, Layered Caffe Latte





Introduction: Easy, Impressive Looking, Layered Caffe Latte

You have managed to get the latest flirt of yours over for a dinner that you prepared. He/she is generally impressed with the food but you feel that something more is needed to finish the meal off perfectly. "Would you like a coffee?", you ask and your flirt happily accepts your offer. Great! If only you could pull off a really impressive coffee... Well, you can! This Instructable shows you how to make a very impressive looking caffe latte, and it's dead easy too!

Feel free to ask questions, comment and critizise. This is my first Instructable, so please be gentle...

EDIT: I just bumped into this similar Instructable. I had not seen it before, and I do think the two instructables are different enough to warrant co-existing.

Step 1: What You Need...

You need:
1.Some way of making espresso coffee
Personally I prefer a stove top Moka. I'm sure any other way of making an espresso will be equally fine though.

2. A good strong espresso roast coffee
Which one is a matter of taste. I favor a local coffee roaster here in London as I generally like supporting small local businesses, and their coffee is amazing!

3. A pot and a good whisk
The best way in my opinion to get nice milk froth. I have not tried to make this coffee with steamed milk, but I expect it will be the same.

4. Skimmed milk
Now this is important!! I figured out how to make this specific caffe latte by accident once when I had ran out of my regular milk and used my flatmate's skimmed milk. You must use skimmed milk!! I have not managed to get the same result using semi skimmed or regular milk! (Please let me know if you do somehow though :) )

5. A heat proof drinking glass
The impressive part of this caffe latte is it's looks, so we need to see the coffee and thus we pour it into a glass. Make sure you use a glass that is heat proof, and won't shatter from the heat of the milk and coffee. I will not take responsibility for you failing to do so when following this Instructable!

Ground cinnamon
A pair of scissors

Step 2: While the Coffee Is Brewing, Whisk That Milk!

Making the perfect espresso is an art I do not pretend to master. I will therefore not delve into detail on the coffee brewing. However, once you have prepared the right amount of coffee, packed it appropriately etc. and it is actually brewing, you have some time on you hands while you wait for it to finish. Time to make some milk froth!

Pour roughly the equivalent of half a glass of milk into the pot. I usually put a bit more, but generally get some left over. Put the pot on the hob and turn the heat to medium-high. Continuously whisk the milk during the heating. This has two purposes, we create froth and it keeps the milk from burning. Don't stop whisking (You'll get great lower arm muscles after making a bunch of these :) ) until the milk has reached it's boiling point. You will notice when it does reach it's boiling point because the froth you have made so far will create an air tight cover on top of the non frothy milk which will start rising when the milk starts boiling. So when you see your froth start rising, take the pot off the hob and turn off the heat. The end result should be a thick fluffy froth floating on top of non frothy milk.

By now your coffee should be done too!

EDIT: Look in the comments section on the intro page of the Instructable for some useful input from mrtentaclenun regarding if you should or shouldn't bring the milk to the boil. Then let your taste buds decide!

Step 3: Pour Hot Milk Into the Glass

Pour milk into the glass. By this I mean the non frothy milk from underneath the milk froth. You can use the whisk to hold the froth back if it seems like it wants to go first, but my experience is that the milk naturally comes out first from underneath the froth when you pour from the pot. Pour a little less than half the glass.

Step 4: Pour the Froth Into the Glass

Pour froth into the glass, on top of the milk. I find that I have to use the whisk to push the froth from the pot into the glass. Put froth until the glass is almost full. When we pour the coffee in, it will compact the froth somewhat.

Step 5: Pour in the Coffee

Carefully pour in the coffee. Aim for the center of the glass, and pour rather slowly. As through magic the coffee will form a layer in between the milk and the froth!

Step 6: How Does It Work?

Well, to be completely honest I haven't done any scientific research on the matter, but my background in physics tells me that the froth gets a lower density that the milk, and the density of the coffee ends up to be just in between. This allows the coffee to sink through the froth, but float on top of the milk.

As far as my testing goes this only works with skimmed milk. If I use semi skimmed or regular milk the coffee sinks through the froth but instantly mixes with the milk. The fatter milk must have a density closer to that of the coffee, and thus they mix easily.

It should also be noted that the difference in density when using skimmed milk is not big as you will find that the coffee and milk easily blends when you stir it.

Step 7: Adding That Little Extra Touch (Optional)

Back to impressing your flirt! If you feel confident enough, you can turn this already impressive cuppa into a flirting move much more graceful than winking an eye ("Is something stuck in your eye, or have you got a tic?")

Grab a pair of scissors and cut a stencil out of some paper. The flirty style would mean cutting a heart shape, like in my example images, but other shapes or maybe text, should be fine too. Add a little froth (Hopefully you have a little left, otherwise whisk some new :) ) on top of the caffe latte to cover up where you poured the coffee in, and hold you stencil just above the surface of the froth. Powder some ground cinnamon over your stencil and voila, a subtle but yet direct message of love, hopefully leading to cuddling in the sofa...

Good luck! Happy frothing!



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    22 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Yeah I too made it using One shot of flavored simple syrup (preferably a popular latte flavor)popular latte flavor) or chocolate syrup (or chocolate powder mixed into a paste with a little hot water)....It added taste to this recipe...

    I came to read many interesting recipes in a website.will share if anyone wants to try :


    Hey! I made something like this with 2% and it worked out great.

    My usual method for making a cheap latte is to shake up some milk in a tupperware container and pour it over some coffee with dissolved sugar. This time I just switched the order around because, hey, why not, and I got the same layered effect.

    I'm not sure what the tupperware container I've got is actually called, but it's a liquid container with a pour-spout and a 'wheel' held in place by the lid. When I bought it, it was labeled 'salad dressing mixer' or something to that effect.

    Anyway, I just wanted to share that because you asked.

    Great instructable. Thanks for sharing!

    Oh hey! I just remembered... A friend of mine toyed with our espresso machine (it belongs to my parents, it's some kind of Cube from Nespresso, back to topic) he was able to make 5 (!) stories espresso! Again in a tall glasse the result looks amazing! He said, basically, for each step, try to mix the milk and coffee at different rate. What I conclude in the end, after reading your instructable, is well you can do it as in this guide for the 3 basic stage (milk, coffee and froth) and if you want to add another story, pour some coffee and milk at the same time. The pouring rate of each layer will determine where it's going (eg. a layer with 60% milk and 40% coffee will go under a layer with say 50% of each; that is if you decide to make more than 4 layers). For a 4 layer, I would just do as in the ible, then slowly pour a mix in equal part of milk and coffee! I'll try this and give news if it's successfull, if all else fails, I'll just go ask him..!

    Haha very nice instructable! I love it! I also love the geek joke!

    Very cool. If I hadn't had two expressos today I'd go try it now. Might try it tomorrow though. Just a thought.. But couldn't you use 2% for the froth, and just use skim for the bottom part?

     Amazing, I surprise my wife and friends with this magic.
    Thanks so much and waiting more !!!

    Just wanted to let you know that I used Vanilla Soy milk when making mine and the foam was surprisingly close to the result of the skim. Plus, I love the taste of vanilla soy milk and you really do not need to sweeten it because of the vanilla.

    Just bought an espresso machine today, and this was the frst drink i prepared with it. M famil did not know the research i did before buing the machine on different drinks, and were very shocked when i brought these in to them. Thank You =)

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    You can try to ad some condensed milk, it will probably sink into the bottom, causing the same visual effect, and you can still use the hole fat milk to the foam.

    I happen to work at Starbucks, and just wanted to point out that when milk starts rising like that, it usually has hit 190 degrees (F) and this is too hot! passing 180 usually burns the milk. if you have a thermometer that you can use while making your milk take it off when its 150-170, any higher will burn the milk and you will change the taste

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    Hi! Thanks for your input! The Instructable is completely based on my own experience and experimenting, and I was not aware of the change in taste. The constant whisking keeps the milk from burning to the pot, and I suppose I figured this indicated that the milk hadn't burned. I'll see if I can find a suitable thermometer and try if I can taste the difference. I must say I think it tastes fine when prepared according to my instructions though. I'll amend my instructable to tell people to have a look at your insightful comment. Cheers!

    Glad I could help, I personally don't drink my drinks that hot so I cannot vouch for if the taste difference is anything huge, just going off of my training.

    trying is part of training my friend ;) chefs always taste what they make, i think it should be the same for us coffee creators eh?

    You can't fool me. That's really soap suds isn't it? Real milk foam would melt under the lights. ;)

    Love the instructable!!! I'm on my way to the store to grab some heat-proof glasses!!! Keep experimenting! Looking forward to your next work of genious!

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    Thanks ever so much for the kind words! Did you find any glasses?

    Just made this and it turned out great :D and made lots of froth which I love,thanks! looks really cool

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    Happy to hear it! I'm glad that someone finally said they made it, not only read about how to make it!