Out of the myriad of coffee based drinks available today, the Latte stands out as one of the most popular and desirable of all times. The latte as we know it today is a slight modification of the traditional Italian caffelatte, which was solely a breakfast drink. The traditional way to prepare one was quite simple: a shot of espresso was poured into a warm cup of milk – and that was it. Nowadays, with our taste buds and sense of culinary fashion having become more refined, a latte is made with a slightly frothed milk; almost like a cappuccino but less foamy.
It is still possible to make lattes at home with a coffee machine (or a froth machine and a regular moka pot) by frothing some milk, and pouring it in a glass of desired size while holding the foam back with a spoon, pouring a shot of espresso and mixing it with the milk in the glass, and lastly adding a layer of the foam from earlier on top. Or to simplify your life, you can use one of the following latte makers, which I have reviewed for you.
Mr. Coffee BVMC-EL1 Cafe Latte
One of the best options for those who want a reliable machine while containing their expenses is the Mr. Coffee BVMC-EL1. Its best features are all focused on providing a quick and easy way to make lattes all in one very compact machine, without complicating the life of whoever is using it.
All it takes me to have a deliciously customized latte drink is: place the coffee grounds and water on top (or you can also place the ready espresso), pour any type of milk I want in the detachable carafe, push the lever down, and then just wait for around 5 minutes until it’s done. It really simplifies the long process and because it does everything from a single machine, the cleaning up is also simplified: no milk or coffee droplets to wipe from the manual mixing. The attentive makers of this latte machine also include a handy recipe book for various kinds of drinks – which are nice to try out and experiment with when in company.
Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso Maker with Automatic milk frother, BVMC-ECMP1000
From the same company as the previous latte maker, comes an all inclusive machine which can do just about anything, including lattes: the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista Espresso Maker with Automatic milk frother. Just by looking at its front control panel, you will see what it is capable of: you can make regular espressos with the traditional twist handle, or have it mixed with milk directly if you select either the cappuccino or latte options. There are 2 degrees of everything: single or double espresso, regular froth or more of it, and two sizes of milk.
Though it looks very professional, it is very easy to use, and only requires you to place the right ingredients in the right compartment and use the front panel to select the drink you want. How to make each drink and combination is explained thoroughly and clearly in the manual; or if you want to experiment yourself, you can also do custom combinations.
DeLonghi Silver Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System
The DeLonghi Silver Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System is the kind of latte maker and coffee machine that will remain with you for a long time once bought. Not only because it costs a little more than the other machines, but it is so good that you will most likely never need anything else. It blends the efficiency of the DeLonghi latte maker with the convenience of the Nespresso capsule system to bring an amazing machine.
After loading the desired capsule in the top compartment and filling both the water and milk containers, all you have to do is press a button and wait. You can also play around with the amount of foam and milk using the various combinations and knob to get a more personalized drink – and if you think you’ve found your perfect blend, you can save it to your favorites for easy access. Other features include the thermoblock heating system which keeps the machine ready to use without any warm up times, and the programmable auto-off timer to save up on electric costs.