The Capresso machine from Sur La Table is what I use at home, for only $59 it’s a steal. I ordered the 49th Parallel espresso beans from my favorite Vancouver coffee shop, because serious change requires serious beans! For the foam, you can use the steamer on the Capresso machine but I prefer to use the Bodum Milk Frother most mornings. (I've tried generic brands, but Bodum is worth the extra penny, and also makes way better foam than the battery-operated wands.)
How to make perfect latte foam
Pour about 1/3 cup cold milk into the glass Bodum beaker until it hits the line. (I use 2%, the higher the fat content the better the foam.) Move the plunger up and down for about 30 seconds until the milk turns into foam. Let it sit for about 20 seconds, and then warm it up in the microwave for another 20 seconds. Spoon over your espresso or coffee. Also delicious over iced coffee!
Tip for the clumsy: If you break the glass beaker, you can replace it with a wide mouth mason jar and it works just as well.
Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 3/4 cups warm milk
- 1 shot espresso
- 1-2 tablespoons pumpkin spice latte syrup (try Torani brand available at World Market)
- foam on top + whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired