How to Make White Chocolate Latte

Do you love to order a White Chocolate Latte at your favorite coffee shop? Save money and make it just the way you like it with this at-home recipe.
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A latte, also sometimes kind a caffe latte, is a coffee drink that originated in Italy. It is  a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. 
The word “latte” comes from the Italian word “caffè e latte” (other variants are “caffeelatte” and “caffellatte”), which simply means “coffee & milk.” 

Latte Basics

As we've already established, a latte is has two core pillars - coffee and milk. Where you take your latte from there is virtually limitless. But before you start experimenting, let's get the basics down.

As an espresso-based drink, lattes most closely resemble cappuccinos. A cappuccino consists of equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foam.

On the other hand, a latte is made with much more milk than coffee. It is made up of a ratio of at least 1 shot of espresso to 2 ounces of steamed milk and it is capped with just a thin layer of foam on the top. 

Since lattes have more steamed milk than foam, the milk sinks to bottom and creates a beautifully blended, light caramel-colored drink. Meanwhile, cappuccinos typically maintain three distinct layers.

Lattes are frequently enhanced with a flavored syrup or powder. Some of the most popular flavor enhancers include: vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, pumpkin spice, and mocha (both regular chocolate and white chocolate latte).

How to Make a Latte

The traditional method of making a Latte involves using an espresso machine. However, if you don't have one, don't let that stop you!
There are lots of options for you to make a latte at home even if you do not have an espresso machine.
The three most popular options:
  1. Making a strong brew with Espresso-roast beans (such as our Midnight Oil Coffee).
  2. Use an aeropress with your favorite coffee beans.
  3. Create a strong espresso-like brew by combining around 1 tablespoon of instant coffee with 1/3 cup boiling water.

Now that you have the latte basics down, here's how to make a White Chocolate Latte at home without an espresso machine. (If you do have an espresso machine, feel free to use that!)

White Chocolate Latte Recipe


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons mini or regular white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup freshly-brewed hot coffee (We recommend Midnight Oil or The Closer)
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Garnish: Fresh whipped cream, mini white chocolate chips and a dusting of nutmeg


1. Pour the milk into a pot and add the white chocolate chips. Whisk together over low heat until the white chocolate is melted and the sauce is smooth.

2. Pour your freshly-brewed hot coffee into a cup or mug. Pour the prepared milk sauce into the the coffee, along with any additional sugar (if desired), and stir.

3. Top with whipped cream, sprinkle on white chocolate chips and dust with nutmeg. Serve and enjoy!