The Best Coffee
Creating the perfect latte is a combination of different elements, starting with the coffee beans. The best-tasting latte is made with freshly roasted and freshly ground beans. When it comes to the roast, most baristas tend to prefer medium or dark roasts for lattes because the milkiness of the drink can make a lighter roast taste underpowered. Medium roasts provide a creamy taste that blends well with the milk, making for a softer flavor. For those who prefer a stronger taste, a darker roast is a good option as it has a bit more bite and a slight bitterness that is balanced with the milk ratio, leading to a full-flavored morning beverage.
The type of coffee machine used is also an important factor in creating a perfect latte. For commercial office coffee machines in a larger workspace, an automatic machine is ideal as it is speedy and reliable and produces perfectly proportioned lattes. On the other hand, espresso machines put the art back into brewing and are ideal for a slower environment like a home office. These machines require more work, but the payoff is worth it as you are involved in every step of the way, from creating the perfect puck to steaming the milk to a smooth and silky texture.
When it comes to milk, lattes are typically made with full-cream milk for the velvety, smooth texture it provides. However, more and more people are opting for non-dairy options such as oat, almond and soy milk. Among these options, oat milk is the best alternative as it mimics the full-cream appearance, froths wonderfully and has a sweet and rich taste that complements a dark roast superbly.
Finally, the size of the latte is also important, with a typical latte served in a 220ml glass. This ensures that the proportions of espresso, milk and foam are balanced to create the perfect final taste. This stops it from becoming too milky, or too strong.