How to Make a Latte Like a Barista

Start with regular coffee and you can make these frothy, steaming drinks in five minutes.

Step 1:

Brew 2 cups of strong coffee. Many machines have a “strong” or “espresso” setting. Or add an extra teaspoon of grounds before brewing.

Step 2:

Pour ⅔ cup nonfat or 2 percent milk into a jar with a lid. (Whole milk is richer but foams less, because of its lower protein content.)

Step 3:

Shake the jar vigorously for a minute until bubbly. Uncover and microwave for 30 seconds until froth rises to the top of the jar. (Heating briefly helps stabilize the foam.)

Step 4:

Pour the coffee into 2 mugs, then spoon the frothed milk over the coffee. For the full effect, drag a toothpick through the foam to create swirls.