Homemade Instant Latte [Video Recipe]

Homemade Instant Latte

Yield: 1 extra large mug (or 2 standard mugs)

Prep Time: 3 minutes

This barista style Homemade Instant Latte recipe can be made in minutes and looks and tastes like a coffee shop style latte.


Foamed milk

  • 20g (scant ¼ cup) milk powder
  • 150ml (6 fl oz) hot (but not boiling) water


  • ½ tbsp good quality instant coffee
  • 1-2 tsp sugar, optional
  • 100ml (3.5 fl oz) boiling water or hot water


  1. Boil the kettle ensuring you have at least 250ml (just over 1 cup) of water. If you have a kettle that allows you to adjust the temperature, set it to around 90-95°C (195-205°F), and measure out hot water into two small jugs, set aside.
  2. Add the milk powder to a large jug and slowly pour in 150ml (6 fl oz) hot water into the milk powder, stirring to ensure no lumps form. Using a milk foamer, foam the milk by adding the wand in the milk at around 30-40 degree angle, foaming the top before submerging as it starts foaming to get rid of any large air bubbles - this usually takes around 1-2 minutes (see the video if you're unsure). If you don't have a milk foamer, you can either use a hand or electric whisk, or add the milk powder and water into a large mason jar and shake constantly for 30-seconds to 1-minute.
  3. Pour the foamed milk into an extra large mug or equally between two standard mugs. You will have a little foam in the jug afterwards. Reserve the foam until later.
  4. In the jug with 100ml (3.5 fl oz) water, add the instant coffee and sugar (optional), and stir well to dissolve. Carefully pour the coffee mixture into the extra large mug or equally between two standard sized mugs.
  5. Immediately top with the reserved milk foam. You can also sprinkle some instant chocolate over the foamed milk at this point, if desired.
  6. Serve immediately.


  • Don't like milk powder or don't have any to hand? No problem, substitute the hot water on the foamed milk for regular milk and omit the milk powder. Also, if using regular milk, it's best to foam the milk whilst still cold from the fridge - it stabilises better when foamed before, for some reason. Just heat it in the microwave until hot for about 30-seconds 1-minute, depending on your microwaves powder.
  • Don't have a milk foamer? You can either use a hand or electric whisk to foam, or add the milk powder and water into a large mason jar and shake constantly for 30-seconds to 1-minute.