How to Make a Latte So Good You Won’t Believe It’s Instant

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I love a good latte.

Homemade latte is easy to make. This is how to make a latte at home with instant coffee. It is so good, you will think it is from a coffee house.

I wanted to make one at home, but I didn’t want the process to be complicated. My mornings are busy enough.

So, I came up with this little latte hack/recipe to make it easy.

This is how to make a latte so good that it tastes like it came from a coffee shop.

Here’s the secret (shhhh!) …

I use instant coffee.

Yes, it’s a travesty.

But you know what? I think it tastes pretty darn good.

In the morning, I am looking for coffee that I can make quickly and that doesn’t require a lot of clean up.

This is a very practical latte recipe in my book.

What Is A Latte? Let’s Get Clear On What We Are Making

Traditionally, a latte is a layer of espresso coffee mixed with steamed milk and topped with a layer of milk foam.

Cappuccino vs. Latte

The difference between a cappuccino and a latte is that a latte is about two thirds steamed milk and one third espresso coffee.

But a cappuccino is about one third coffee, one third steamed milk, and one third milk foam.

I am calling my latte recipe a “latte” because it is entirely milk based.

You will see what I mean.

This article on the Dunkin’ Donuts site explains the differences in coffee drinks in more detail.

Let’s get started.

Pour 1 cup milk in a two cup glass measuring cup. You can heat the milk directly in your coffee much if you like - just make sure that there is plenty of room for frothing to take place. I use a half cup of fat free milk combined with a half cup of whole milk. But you can experiment with the milk that you like best. Heat the milk for two minutes in the microwave on high heat. When heated stir the milk. The measuring cup should not feel cold to the touch or scalding hot - rather it should feel nice and warm. Add one teaspoon instant coffee crystals to the warm milk. Use the milk frother to froth the coffee and milk mixture for a few seconds.

Homemade Café Latte

Yield: 1 8 oz serving
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup milk (I use 1/2 cup fat free milk and 1/2 cup whole milk combined)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals


  1. Pour milk into a 2 cup glass measuring cup.
  2. Heat in microwave on high for 2 minutes or until measuring cup is warm to the touch.
  3. Stir the instant coffee crystals into the warm milk.
  4. Froth the coffee and milk with a milk frother for a few seconds until foam appears on top.
  5. Pour latte into your favorite mug and add sugar, if desired.

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Homemade latte is easy to make. This is how to make a latte at home with instant coffee. It is so good, you will think it is from a coffee house.

Not a Fan of Instant Coffee?

I get it - this coffee hack may not be your cup of tea (see what I did there?).

True coffee connoisseurs may want to use freshly brewed espresso coffee in a homemade latte.

If that is you, then you may want to consider a cappuccino maker that also has a latte setting like this one from Mr. Coffee.

I wouldn't mind having something that good looking sitting on my countertop.

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Behind the Scenes

Homemade cafe latte recipe - behind the scenes.

Taking Good Food Photography

Even though this is not an official food blog, I do like to add easy recipes every now and then.

When I started adding recipes, my food photography skills were absolutely terrible.

But with the help of Food Blogger Pro, things have gotten a lot better.

Food Blogger Pro is a food blogging course that covers everything from setting up a blog to photography and video. They only open for enrollment a few times per year - so if you are interested, I suggest that you click here and get on the no obligation waiting list.

Use a Recipe Plugin

Another thing I use in every recipe post is a recipe plugin for WordPress.

This is what gives you the nice and neat printable version of the recipe. And - I don't know the technical ins and outs - but the recipe plugin also makes your recipes more search engine friendly because it adds some kind of open graph type tags that you need.

The recipe plugin that I use and love is called Tasty Recipes by WP Tasty.

You Don't Need a Fancy Table

To add variety to my food photography I also use these vinyl backdrops from Ink & Elm.

Enjoy that latte!

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One Comment

  1. This is perfect! Everything I want as a busy mom in the morning to get a tasty latte treat. Tastes yummy with decaf instant coffee too.

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