How to make Latte with Nespresso?

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Johny Morrisson


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Latte has become a beloved icon in coffee culture, offering a delightful blend of smooth espresso and creamy milk. And you can easily prepare a delicious Latte with a Nespresso machine in the comfort of your home.

In this article, I’ll unveil the art of crafting a delightful latte with a Nespresso machine. From extracting the perfect espresso shot to frothing milk with precision, you’ll learn how to create heavenly lattes tailored to your taste. 

Latte with Nespresso

So, Can You Make a Latte with a Nespresso Machine?

Yes, you can make a Latte with a Nespresso machine. Advanced Nespresso models like the Creatista and the Lattissima have built-in Milk frothers and allow you to prepare a Latte at the ease of the touch of a button.

With basic Nespresso models and the Nespresso Vertuo line series, you have to froth the milk separately to make a latte.

Read a guide on Nespresso Vertuo line vs Original line

Making Latte with Nespresso VertuoLine and Entry-Level Models

The Nespresso Vertuo Models and the Entry level models like Essenza and Pixie don’t have a built-in milk frother and they are only good for preparing Espresso shots or Black Coffee.

However, Nespresso offers the Aerroccino Milk Frother that makes preparing a Latte very easy and smooth.

The Nespresso Aeroccino is a compact and efficient device designed to easily heat and froth milk. With a simple touch of a button, you can achieve velvety and creamy milk foam in seconds.

It offers two options: one for hot milk and another for cold milk froth, giving you the flexibility to enjoy your latte just the way you like it. 

Nespresso Aeroccino

Things You Need

  • 2 single Espresso Pods or One double Espresso Pod (Skip to the bottom to see my favorite Pods)
  • 150 to 200 mL Fresh Whole Milk
  • Milk Frother or Mason jar
  • Nespresso Machine

Step-by-Step Process to Make Latte

1. Prepare Espresso

Prepare a double Espresso shot if you have a Nespresso Vertuo Machine or 2 single Espresso shots one after the other if you have an original line Nespresso Machine.

You can also use Lungo Nespresso Capsules instead of 2 single Nespresso Original line Pods but I personally never liked that!

Prepare Double Espresso in Nespresso

2. Prepare the Milk

If you have an Aeroccino Milk frother simply pour the milk in it and Press the “Hot Froth” button and it will heat and froth the milk automatically.

If you don’t have an Aeroccino milk frother, heat the milk (150-200 mL) on the stovetop at medium heat until the small bubbles start appearing.

The standard Milk to Espresso ratio for Latte is 1:3. So, for a single shot of Espresso (30 mL) you will need around 90 mL Milk and for a full-sized Latte prepared with a double shot of Espresso (60 mL) you will need around 180 mL Milk. Of course, you can adjust the ratio depending on your taste.

3. Froth the Milk

If you find yourself without an Aeroccino or any other automatic milk frother, don’t worry! I’ve got a DIY method that you can use to create cafe-styled frothed milk at home. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Pour the hot milk into a tightly sealed jar, the jar should be large enough so that it should be half empty after you add the milk. Make sure the lid is tightly closed to prevent spills.
  • Shake the jar vigorously for about 30 to 60 seconds. While shaking, you’ll notice the milk volume has increased and a layer of foam will form on the top.

There is also the option of using a French Press to froth the milk, or you can use an electric blender, or you can shake it with a manual or electric whisk. The possibilities are endless you just have to put in some effort.

Foaming milk in Mason Jar

4. Layer the Milk on top of the Espresso

Let the frothed milk settle for 20 to 30 seconds and after that Slowly pour it on the top of freshly brewed Espresso shot.

Tip: To create captivating layers of foam in your latte, tilt the milk frother and cup at a slight angle and pour in a circular motion. As you pour, move the frother in circles, allowing the milk to cascade down the sides of the cup. The foam will settle on top, creating enticing layers.

And Voila! Your Nespresso Latte is Ready!

latte milk

Some Tips to take your Nespresso Latte to the next level

1. Add Flavorings or Syrups

You can enhance the taste of your latte by adding flavored syrups. Here are some common syrups that are most commonly used in Lattes.

Vanilla: You can add a sweet and aromatic twist by adding a few drops of vanilla syrup or a sprinkle of vanilla powder.

Chocolate: You can add chocolate syrup or cocoa powder to give rich and decadent notes to your drink. Chocolate Latte is most commonly known as Mocha Latte.

Hazelnut: Hazelnut syrups enhance the nutty flavors of the Latte and add a delightful crunch that complements the creamy texture.

Caramel: The smooth, buttery taste of caramel pairs well with the creamy texture of a latte, creating a delightful combination.

Also, there are many other flavors you can try, such as Pistachio, Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, etc, but I personally only like the four syrups listed above.

2. Serve it with Elegance

Serve your latte in a tall glass or ceramic mug to enhance the overall experience.

Sprinkle some cocoa powder, nutmeg, or crushed nuts to improve the overall feel of the drink or if you’d like you can also top it off with Whipped cream.

Also, you can make beautiful Latte art on the top, but it will require a steaming pitcher and some expertise.

Latte Toppings Nespresso

How to make an iced latte with Nespresso

For summer treats, here’s how you can make Nespresso Iced Lattes.

1- Brew 1-2 shots of Nespresso coffee directly over ice in a glass.

2- Froth a cup of cold milk in the Aeroccino frother or shake vigorously in a jar.

3- Top freshly prepared espresso shots with cold-frothed milk and add syrups and sweeteners to taste. Vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut are classic syrup choices that pair well with the flavor of espresso and cold milk.

4- Stir to combine and enjoy your refreshing Nespresso iced latte! You can garnish the drink with chocolate shavings or cinnamon for a luxurious touch.

How to make an iced Latte with Nespresso

Making Latte with Nespresso Lattissima and Creatista

If you own a Nespresso Lattissima or Creatista machine, I don’t think you need a guide to prepare a Latte as you just have to gather the ingredients and press the button. Anyhow, for the sake of the article, here’s the step-by-step guide:

  1. Pour your desired amount of cold milk into the machine’s milk container. Remember, the standard milk to Espresso ratio is 3:1.
  2. Adjust the settings on the machine to control the froth density according to your preference. Lattes are generally less frothy than Cappuccino.
  3. Insert your favorite Nespresso coffee capsule into the machine.
  4. Press the “Latte” button to start the brewing process and place a large glass under the spout. The machine will dispense frothed milk first, and then pour espresso shot on top.

If you would like a strong coffee flavor, you can add another shot of Espresso by inserting a fresh capsule into the machine and pressing the Espresso button.

Choosing the Best Milk for Your Latte

The choice of milk plays a crucial role in the overall texture and taste of the Latte. Different types of milk can provide varying flavors and dietary considerations and it ultimately comes down to your personal preference.

To help you choose the best milk for your latte, here is a breakdown of some common types of milk and their characteristics

Milk TypeCharacteristics
Whole milkWhole milk is always the best choice for Latte as it has a creamy texture and rich flavor and forms the perfect froth
Skim milkSkimmed milk has less fat content, and gives Latte the lighter texture and less creamy texture.
It can also form good Froth but not as rich as Whole milk
Half-and-HalfIt contains a higher fat content than regular milk and gives drink the an extra rich texture and creamy taste. Latte prepared with Half and Half is known as Breve Latte.
Oat milkOat Milk is the popular Vegan option with a slightly sweet flavor and a creamy texture. It forms the best froth out of all dairy-free options.
Almond milkAlmond milk is a popular dairy-free alternative for lattes. It has a slightly nutty flavor and a creamy consistency.
This milk doesn’t produce the best froth.
Coconut milkCoconut milk adds a unique tropical flavor to lattes, but it may not froth as well as other milk options.
Soy milkSoy milk is another common dairy-free option that can be used for lattes. It has a mild and slightly sweet flavor.
It forms stable and thick foam and best for Iced Latte.

I have always been a fan of whole milk for my lattes. Its rich and creamy texture adds a luxurious element to the drink, making each sip a truly indulgent experience.

Milk for Latte

Best Nespresso Pods for Lattes

I always recommend using dark roast and high-intensity Nespresso pods for Latte because their bitterness pairs well with the creaminess of the milk.

Best Vertuo line Pods for Latte

Here are some of my favorite Nespresso Vertuo Pods or Latte and milk-based coffee drinks.

Double Espresso Scuro (Strong Coffee Lovers)

Double Espresso features a blend of highly roasted Robusta and Arabica beans with an intensity level of 11 of 13. It has a rich, intense flavor with notes of Cocoa, Vanilla, and Spices that pair well with Latte.

Bianco Doppio (Mild Coffee lovers)

This unique coffee pod is a blend of lightly roasted Arabica beans and has less intensity. These capsules are perfect for those who hate the bitterness and strength of coffee and want something sweet and creamy.

Best Original Line Pods for Latte

Here are some of my top recommendations for the Nespresso Original line.

Palermo Kazaar (Best for Strong Coffee Lovers)

Palermo Kazaar is the highest intensity Pod (12 of 13) and has a bold and intense flavor profile with notes of pepper and spices. It’s an excellent choice for those who enjoy lattes with a strong coffee flavor.

Venezia (Best for Medium Coffee Lovers)

These coffee pods have delicate and balanced flavors with notes of cereal and dried fruit and have an intensity level of 8 out of 13. It’s an excellent choice for those who prefer milder coffee in their lattes.

Read a detailed article on Best Nespresso Pods for Latte

Final Thoughts

By following the steps and tips, exploring different milk options, and experimenting with various Nespresso pods and toppings, you can create barista-quality lattes with Nespresso at the ease of your home.

Have your own Nespresso Latte tips? Do share with us in the comments!

Read guides on making other drinks with the Nespresso Machine

Nespresso Latte Recipe

This easy Nespresso latte recipe teaches you how to make cafe-quality lattes at home. With just a few ingredients and a minute of prep, you can enjoy delicious artisanal lattes any time.
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Johny Morrisson

Equipment

  • Nespresso Machine
  • Milk Frother

Ingredients

  • 2 Nespresso Capsules
  • 150 mL Milk
  • Sugar or Sweeteners

Instructions

  • Prepare a double Espresso shot if you have Nespresso Vertuo Machine or 2 single Espresso shots one after the other if you have an original line Nespresso Machine.
    Dark roasted capsules are preferred for Lattes
  • If you have an Aeroccino Milk frother simply pour the milk in it and Press the "Hot Froth" button and it will heat and froth the milk automatically.
    If you don't have an automatic Milk frother, heat the milk in the microwave or stovetop and froth it manually in a blender or mason jar.
  • Let the frothed milk settle for 20 to 30 seconds and after that Slowly pour it on the top of freshly brewed Espresso shot.

FAQs

Can you make latte art with Nespresso?

While Nespresso machines may not provide the same level of control as professional espresso machines, it is still possible to create basic latte art by pouring frothed milk in a deliberate manner.

How many Nespresso pods do you need for a latte?

You need two Nespresso Pods (Espresso sized) for a standard serving of Latte as Latte is typically prepared with a double shot of Espresso.
And In the Vertuo line machines, double Espresso-sized Pods are available so you just need only one of those.

Can you get milk pods for Nespresso?

Nespresso does not make their own milk pods. However, some third-party companies have created single-serve milk pods that are compatible with Nespresso machines.
However, I won’t recommend them as they don’t prepare a perfect creamy froth.

Johny Morrison is a founder and content creator at Coffee About, bringing passion and expertise to the world of coffee.

You can often find him sipping a single-origin pour-over, rich French press, or pulling espresso shots at home. Johny loves full-bodied dark roasts – the bolder, the better!

As a former barista, he takes coffee equipment seriously and enjoys experimenting with the latest gear. When he’s not brewing or blogging, Johny is scouting local cafes for his next coffee fix.