How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte Without an Espresso Machine
When autumn rolls around with its chilly, dark nights and endless rain, there is nothing better than cuddling up with a good book and an even better cup of coffee. Unless, of course, you are snuggling up with a good book and a Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Unfortunately, unless you are lucky enough to own an espresso machine, that means a trip to your favourite coffee shop. And by the time you get home your latte will be cold, so you have to microwave it (which should be a crime)…and then you can’t find your book…so you have to microwave the latte again… *sigh*
But don’t despair! BBJ has got your back. Here is a simple way to make your Pumpkin Spice Latte, at home, without an espresso machine!
Before we go any further though, we have a disclaimer. This isn’t a real latte. Despite what you might read on the internet, it is not possible to make a real latte without an espresso machine. A true latte requires properly brewed espresso, and the silky smooth micro foam that only comes from properly steamed milk. This recipe is actually for what we at BBJ like to call a “fatte” (fake latte). BBJ does not endorse passing a fatte off as a latte. But hey, there is nothing wrong with a good fatte!
How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Fatte
- Fresh coffee
- Milk (we recommend 2%)
- Torani Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Spice coffee syrup (also available in a sugar free version)
- Cinnamon or chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
- A medium saucepan
- An electric hand mixer
- Your favorite coffee brewer (we recommend a Moka Pot or AreoPress®)
- A thermometer, such as a milk thermometer (optional, but recommended)
- A mug
Step One: Brew the Coffee
Brew 1/2 cup (125 ml) of strong coffee. Espresso style coffees (Moka Pot or AreoPress) work the best, but any brewed coffee will work. The stronger the better!
Step Two: Froth the Milk
1. Pour 1 cup of cold milk into a saucepan
2. Clip a milk thermometer onto the edge of the saucepan
3. Place on the stove over medium heat
4. With an electric hand mixer, whip the milk as it heats
5. Continue whipping the milk until it reaches 150°-160° F/65°-70° C, then remove from heat
- Milk scalds at 160° F/70° C. Scalded milk tastes awful and will ruin your fatte, which is why we recommend using a thermometer. If you are not using a thermometer, make sure to remove the milk from the heat before it boils.
6. Your milk should be nice and frothy
Step Three: Assemble
1. Unless you brewed straight into it, pour 1/2 cup (125 ml) of coffee into your mug
2. Add 1 tablespoon (2 pumps) Pumpkin Pie coffee syrup
3. Using a spoon to hold back the foam, pour the milk into your mug
4. Use the spoon to scoop the milk foam on top
5. Garnish with cinnamon or chocolate shavings
Enjoy your Pumpkin Spice Latte (okay, Fatte)!