Starbucks Latte Copycat

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A latte is an espresso drink with steamed or frothed hot milk. See how you can recreate this Starbucks drink at home using an espresso machine or Nespresso.

Starbucks Latte copycat in a clear glass.

Recipe Highlights

  • A Starbucks Caffè Latte (shortened to Latte), is a hot drink that’s made with espresso (never with brewed coffee from a drip coffee machine) and steamed milk that has a light layer of foam.
  • This drink is easy to make using an espresso machine or a Nespresso. An electric milk frother can be used to make steamed milk at home.
  • Lattes don’t come sweetened but you can add simple syrup or any flavored syrup like vanilla syrup to dress it up.
  • This copycat recipe recreates a grande size (16 ounces) Starbucks Latte using just 2 ingredients.

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Lattes at Starbucks

The Caffè Latte is the starting point of all the flavored lattes at Starbucks. A Vanilla Latte is a Caffè Latte with vanilla syrup and a Pistachio Latte is a Caffè Latte with pistachio syrup.

The espresso used in a latte is Starbucks Signature Espresso, which is a dark roast.

Lattes come in 4 drink sizes: short, tall, grande, and venti. Short and tall drink sizes are made with 1 shot of espresso, and grande and venti are made with 2 shots.

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Using a Nespresso

Making the espresso is essential to a latte and it’s super easy to get espresso shots from a Nespresso machine.

You’ll need 2 espresso shots for a 16 ounce drink, which means 2 Nespresso pods are necessary to recreate the Starbucks Latte.

Make sure to use 2 espresso pods instead of trying to get 2 shots from 1 pod. Trying get 2 shots out of a single pod will water down the drink and change the taste.

To get the Starbucks Signature Espresso taste, use Starbucks Signature Espresso Roast pods, which are available for both the Original and Vertuo Nespresso machines. Starbucks pods are made by Nespresso.

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Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Latte copycat ingredients in measuring cups on a table.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Two step instructions for a Starbucks Latte copycat recipe.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Make espresso.
    Pull 2 shots of espresso from an espresso machine or use 2 Nespresso pods to get 2 espresso shots. Pour espresso shots into a cup or make espresso directly in the cup.
  2. Add steamed or frothed milk into the cup of espresso.
    Use an electric milk frother or use the steam wand on an espresso machine to steam or froth milk with a thin layer of foam.
Pouring frothed milk into a latte.

Expert Tips

  • Starbucks uses 2 espresso shots for a grande Latte, but feel free to use only 1 shot if you’re sensitive to caffeine or if you want less of an espresso taste. Or use Starbucks Original decaf Espresso.
  • Creating too much foam instead of a light layer will turn a latte into a cappuccino. The difference between a latte and a cappuccino at Starbucks is in the amount of foam that’s in the drink.
  • Nespresso Aeroccino froths milk, but it doesn’t hold enough milk to make a grande size latte. Get a milk frother that can create 1 ¾ cups of steamed milk, like the Breville milk frother.
  • Milk will increase in volume when steamed or frothed. To get 1 ½ cups of steamed milk, use 1 cup of cold milk.
  • To froth milk without an electric milk frother, simmer milk on low heat and pour milk into a French press. Place lid and use the plunger to pump the French press until milk doubles in volume. For detailed info, see How to Froth Milk for Lattes in a French Press.
  • Lattes are always assembled with espresso first, then the steamed milk.
  • For flavored lattes, add syrup first, followed by the espresso, then the steamed milk.

Questions You May Have

What is in a Starbucks Caffè Latte?

A grande Caffè Latte has just a double shot of espresso and steamed milk.

Is there caffeine in a latte?

Yes. There are two espresso shots in the recipe that makes a 16 ounce size drink. If you use Starbucks Signature Espresso Roast, it will be about 150 mg of caffeine.

Can I use dairy-free milk to make a latte?

Yes. At home, you can use any alternative milk you like. Some dairy-free milks, like oat milk and almond milk, come in barista versions, which are blended to froth up the way dairy milk would.

What’s the difference between a latte and a cappuccino?

Both drinks are made with espresso and steamed milk but a latte has just a light layer of foam while a cappuccino has a thicker layer of foam.

Starbucks Latte copycat in a clear glass mug.

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Starbucks Latte Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
A super easy, 2 ingredient recipe to make a Starbucks Latte at home.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 2 shots espresso (Starbucks Signature Espresso Roast)
  • 1 ½ cups steamed 2% milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Make espresso.
    Pull 2 shots of espresso from an espresso machine or use 2 Nespresso pods to get 2 espresso shots.
  • Add steamed or frothed milk into the cup of espresso.
    Use an electric milk frother or use the steam wand on an espresso machine to steam or froth milk with a thin layer of foam.

NOTES

  • Starbucks uses 2 espresso shots for a grande Latte, but feel free to use only 1 shot if you’re sensitive to caffeine or if you want less of an espresso taste. Or use Starbucks Original decaf Espresso.
  • Creating too much foam instead of a light layer will turn a latte into a cappuccino. The difference between a latte and a cappuccino at Starbucks is in the amount of foam that’s in the drink.
  • Nespresso Aeroccino froths milk, but it doesn’t hold enough milk to make a grande size latte. Get a milk frother that can create 1 ¾ cups of steamed milk, like the Breville milk frother.
  • Milk will increase in volume when steamed or frothed. To get 1 ½ cups of steamed milk, use 1 cup cold milk.
  • To froth milk without an electric milk frother, simmer milk on low heat and pour milk into a French press. Place lid and use the plunger to pump the French press until milk doubles in volume. For detailed info, see How to Froth Milk for Lattes in a French Press.
  • Lattes are always assembled with espresso first, then the steamed milk.
  • For flavored lattes, add syrup first, followed by the espresso, then the steamed milk.

NUTRITION

Calories: 212 | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 647mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 497mg | Iron: 1mg
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