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Be Your Own Barista: The Perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte

Written by Robyn Blassoples · 3 min read >

Love lattes? Loathe spending your hard-earned money on it? Well, learning how to make your own latte might save you a great deal of money down the line. Even though those delicious frothy beverages are well worth the money, it would be even more fulfilling if you could make one at home, exactly the way you like them. All you truly need to understand to be your own barista are the fundamental steps on how to make a latte. When you’ve mastered the essentials, then you can perfect the procedure on your own. Expect your friends to be coming by more often! 

Seeing as it’s the start of fall, what better way to get into the season than with a warm pumpkin spice latte? So Millennial right?

Here’s what you’re going to need for the perfect DIY Pumpkin Spice latte:

  • 2 cups milk* (dairy or non-dairy) – I prefer almond milk for that extra nutty taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons sugar, depending on how sweet you like it
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (gives a caramel candy-like aroma) 
  • Pumpkin spice blend: 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1.5 tablespoons cinnamon, and half a teaspoon of Nutmeg – stir together, and save the rest for your next mug/batch – Use 1 teaspoon of this mixture for one batch of 2 cups- more than a teaspoon can make it taste a bit too pungent with all the strong spices
  • 1 cup strong hot coffee/espresso – depending on if you like a more coffee-flavored latte*
  • Whipped cream, for serving
  • Some of the above-mentioned pumpkin spice for topping

*For (2)  tall mugs

Quick and easy steps:

1. The pumpkin spice latte main ingredient

Combine milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a saucepan on the stove or in a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl for the microwave oven. Boil the milk mixture until it’s hot, around about 2-3 minutes. Whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy, so about 30 seconds. 

Using a whisk is good for getting a smooth, even consistency as you don’t want thick or lumpy puree bits in the latte

2. Brewing the coffee:

Grinding your own espresso beans using a special espresso grinder is advised by all the espresso specialists in the industry! Be careful not to grind your coffee beans too much, as your grinds will be too fine and could potentially block the device. 

Start the coffee machine when you have correctly ground the espresso beans. It should take around 15 to 20 seconds to brew, but times may differ depending on the coffee maker. When it dispenses, the espresso should have a dark brown layer on the bottom, known as the heart, a medium-brown layer in the middle named the body, and a light brown foam on top that is the crema. Make sure to stop the dispensing process by the time the espresso has actually finished pouring out from the device during it’s suggested time . Continuing the shot past the optimum duration will result in a bitter taste for your latte.

Generally, when it’s time to froth and steam the milk, you might warm the milk by microwaving it or by stirring it in a pan on top of your range. However, if you really wish to find out how to make a latte the right way, then you should do it as the professional baristas do it. This means utilizing the steam wand on your espresso maker. Steam wands work better than any other method when it comes to efficiency, texture, speed, and taste. Milk heated with a steam wand will have the correct amount of air in it, which provides it a velvety, foamy texture. Steam wands also aerate the milk to make extra foam, the ideal topper for the best at-home latte. 

 3. The final touches:

Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and then add the foamed milk. Then finish it with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or some cinnamon. 

Find the above recipe or watch a video on how to make it at Food Network  

4. Bonus tip

Coffee syrups are what the barista’s use to give your beverage that tasty flavour. 

Choosing your favorite coffee syrup can be tough since there are so many different options available, such as nutty, swiss, candy, chocolate or butter flavor. These syrups have been used by the coffee pros all over the world. Pick a popular brand for the best flavor experience, for example Monin. The syrups mix various fruits, nuts, spices, water, and sugar together for the best taste. There is no fat in the syrups, knowing that definitely makes me feel less guilty about enjoying it. 

You can also choose a sugar-free syrup since diabetes is such a large health issue. In addition, to keep our carbs down a low sugar choice may be best as well. You can get almost any taste in a sugar-free variety. For your first try, choose either vanilla or hazelnut. The vanilla essence mentioned in the recipe for the Pumpkin Spice latte is an alternative for syrup, but not for the taste but rather the smell. Syrup can give your coffee that certain je ne sais quoi. So up your coffee making skills today and throw in some syrup for that unique touch!  

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