Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stove Top Vanilla Soy Latte

I've always been a coffee lover. 
Ever since I was little I loved the smell of it.
Now it's part of my daily routine.

It tastes amazing and it wakes me up when I need it!
My favorite kind of coffee to drink is a latte.

I used to go buy expensive lattes, in fact that was the only way I would drink a latte. The coffee I made at home just couldn't compare to the artisan lattes at coffee shops. But lattes are expensive, like really expensive! When I read that Starbucks lattes are $38.00 a gallon, I was done. And I like to use soy milk.. which usually tacks on another .60.. which adds up.

Plus, store bought lattes make a lot of waste! Unless you bring your own cup, you get a disposable cup which isn't good for the Earth at all! So, as part of my plastic free year, I also decided to make it a paper free year. I'm no longer buying anything "disposable".

Which incidentally means no more store bought lattes.

I decided I would learn how to make my own.
After quite a bit of trial and error, I've discovered how to make really good lattes at home.

I do not have a milk steamer, I don't have an espresso machine. I do it all by hand on the stove. It takes me about 6 minutes to make my espresso and it's totally worth it.

Vanilla Soy Latte.

Medium Sauce Pan
Espresso maker (stove top, coffee maker, french press) 

Espresso or strongly brewed coffee
Milk (I use soy or coconut)
Sugar (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
dash cinnamon
dash nutmeg

A latte is usually 1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk.
You can make it as strong as you'd like.

Brew your espresso with a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon.
This really enhances the flavor of the coffee, and it gives it a very cozy taste.

While your coffee is brewing, warm your milk in a medium sauce pan on low-medium. Don't cook it too quickly too hot because you don't want to scald the milk. I've found that almond milk always gets a burned taste when it's heated up, so I usually choose soy milk. As the milk warms, add sugar to taste, and about 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.
Continually whisk your milk while the coffee is cooking.

Once they are done, combine in the 1/3 espresso, 2/3 milk ratio.

I always like to whisk and froth up the last bit of milk to pour over top.

Stir together, and enjoy.

Cinnamon enhances the flavor of the coffee, nutmeg gives it a very cozy feel.
This makes about 2 espresso shots in 5 minutes.
Don't let the milk get too hot too fast, it can burn the edges of your pan. (Like mine)

It's delicious...
and so much cheaper and better for you. 


  1. I go to my local coffee shop about once a month. I take either my reusable cup for cold/frozen drinks, or my ceramic reusable for hot drinks, and they'll make them right into my own cups, no problem. I don't think Starbucks would do that for me. My cold cup is made of recycled materials & a % of the purchase went to sea life rescue, and then my hot cup was a larger % went to rescue for pets on land. This coffee shop also only uses locally roasted beans/coffee, and that roasting company sources only fair-trade, organic coffee beans. I love them!

  2. Ahhhhh, thank you, my love! This looks divine! :) I can't wait to try it.

  3. I am going to make this tomorrow morning and report back with my review :D hehehe

  4. Definitely trying this!! Always looking for a way to save money by making thing myself!


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