This is a delicious hot beverage for grown-ups. Add creamy Kahlúa steamed milk to a great shot of expresso for the perfect café style latte.
Using the espresso machine, run a single shot of water into the cup you'll be using for the latte, without the portafilter. This clears up any left-over grinds and heats the cup at the same time.
Rinse the cup and pull a double shot of espresso into the cup you'll be using for the latte.
Combine the cold Kahlúa and cold milk in the milk stainless steel milk jug.
Purge the steam wand of any water first. Once you see only steam, move on to the next step.
Steam the milk using the expresso maker's steam wand. Start with the wand on an angle with the tip just under the edge of the milk. The milk will start to expand. Avoid big bubbles by lifting the jug a touch if necessary.
Keep one hand on the base of the milk jug while steaming. Once the milk has expanded to about 1 1/2 times it volume, lift the jug so that the steam wand is still angled and is no longer expanding the milk. You should see the milk swirl around. This will last step help the microfoam wet paint consistency by minimizing any bubbles on top.
The milk is ready when the jug becomes too hot to touch (careful not to go beyond this point to avoid burning the milk), shut the steam, wipe down the wand and purge (run the steam for 2 or 3 seconds to clear the wand tip of any leftover milk residue).
Tap the jug a little on the counter a carefully swirl to remove any last few bubbles.
Hold the cup with the coffee in one hand and use your other hand to carefully pour the milk over the coffee. Start by pouring straight into the middle, lift the jug a touch to create a longer milk stream and then bring it back down. The last quarter of the cup is where the latte art magic happens.
Now sit down on your comfy couch, turn on some tunes and sip your delicious latte. Enjoy!
Even if you don't start with a design, your coffee will still taste great! The design is purely for aesthetics and doesn't make the flavour. Breville Canada offers some wonderful videos with tips and tricks on making latte art if you want to take your coffee making skills to the next level.