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How To Make A Latte With Keurig: An Easy Guide

Most people think a Keurig confines them to drinking plain, black coffee. 

But in reality, you can actually whip up some pretty cool lattes and milk-based brews with your Keurig too!

As a latte lover myself, I’ve put together a guide on how to make a latte with a Keurig.

By the end of this guide, you’ll have the know-how to make a latte with several different kinds of Keurig.

Ready to get drinking? Let’s jump in!

How to Make a Latte With Keurig

Lattes are generally made with espresso. 

Now, even though Keurig coffee machines are not espresso machines, you can still make your favorite latte with your Keurig. 

What you’ll make is cafe au lait, which is a type of latte made with regular coffee instead of espresso. The main difference is the coffee and milk ratio. 

For a normal latte, the ratio is 1:4 or 1:3 (espresso to milk). 

With cafe au lait, you’ll need less milk and more coffee. So, the best ratio for a latte with regular coffee is 1:1 (coffee to milk). 

You’ll also need to vary the steps slightly depending on what type of Keurig machine you have. 

I’ve broken down the different steps for three different kinds of Keurigs

Making a Latte with Keurig K-Café

Keurig K-Cafe is actually known for making great lattes and cappuccinos. It includes a milk frother cup for making these types of drinks. 

To make a latte with this machine, you’ll need: 

  • Milk
  • A K-cup coffee pod
  • The Keurig K-Cafe coffee machine
  • A latte mug

With those items in hand, you’re ready to get started making the drink:

  1. Pour milk into the frothing carafe. You can use dairy or non-dairy milk.
  2. Start frothing the milk by pressing the latte button on your Keurig K-Cafe.
  3. Get your chosen K-cup pod. I recommend choosing an espresso or dark roast for the complete latte experience. 
  4. Brew your coffee by pressing the button with the Shot option. 
  5. Stir your frothed milk.
  6. Pour the frothed milk into your brewed coffee. 
  7. You can also add your favorite syrup or sweetener to your drink!

Making a Latte with Keurig K-Latte

Making a latte with Keurig K-Latte is easy. 

You will need the following items to make a latte with this machine:

  • Your Keurig K-Latte
  • Your choice of milk
  • A K-cup coffee pod
  • A mug 

Once you have your supplies, you’re ready to start making your latte: 

  1. Choose a K-cup coffee pod and brew it using your Keurig K-Latte. 
  2. If you want to experiment and make a personalized latte, press the Shot option. This will make an intense coffee that’s perfect for pairing with steamed milk. 
  3. Froth warm milk. Remember that you can choose any type of milk you want. 
  4. Pour the frothed milk into the prepared coffee shot. Give it a good swirl. 
  5. Enjoy your latte! 

Making a Latte with Keurig K-Mini

Because the K-Mini is one of the simplest Keurig models, you might think it’s impossible to make a latte with it. 

But don’t underestimate this device! 

While you’ll have to buy a separate frothing device, it’s still easy to whip up a good latte. 

You can get a standalone milk steamer from Keurig, or you can get a motorized whisk (the cheaper option). 

To make a latte with the K-Mini, you’ll need: 

  • Your Keurig K-Mini
  • Your choice of milk
  • A K-cup coffee pod
  • A mug 
  • A standalone milk steamer or a motorized whisk

Follow the step-by-step guide:

  1. Froth and heat your milk using your standalone milk steamer. If you have the motorized whisk, don’t forget to heat it inside the microwave first. 
  2. Once you have frothed milk, get an espresso or strong roast K-cup and brew it using the 6-oz option. 
  3. Pour the frothed milk onto the prepared coffee. 
  4. Add your desired syrup and sweeteners. 

Other Latte Recipes With Keurig

Once you’ve perfected a standard latte, you might want to branch out and explore other recipes

Keurig machines actually have a couple of different types of drinks you can make as long as you know where to start. 

Here are a couple of other types of latte you can make using your Keurig machine. 

Iced Latte

Making an iced latte is similar to making a traditional latte, only with ice! 

Regardless of your Keurig machine model, you’ll need the following:

  • Milk
  • Your Keurig coffee machine
  • A dark roast K-cup pod
  • Glass ¾ filled with ice

Follow the step-by-step guide below:

  1. Froth your milk. 
  2. Get your K-cup coffee pod and brew it using the Shot option. If you have a Keurig K-Mini, choose the 6-oz size.
  3. Pour your brewed coffee into the glass with ice.
  4. Pour the frothed milk onto the glass with ice and coffee.
  5. Swirl the ingredients together and enjoy!

Vanilla Latte

Vanilla latte is a go-to drink for a lot of coffee drinkers. If you want to make one using your Keurig, you won’t have to put in too much effort!

To make a vanilla latte with a Keurig, you’ll need: 

  • Your chosen K-cup coffee pod
  • Fresh whole milk
  • Vanilla syrup

With those ingredients and supplies prepped, you’re ready to follow these steps:

  1. Brew your K-cup coffee pod using the Shot option
  2. Pour fresh whole milk into the frothing pitcher. Fill until the latte line. 
  3. Add about a tablespoon of vanilla syrup. If you want to make your drink sweeter, you can add a bit more to the taste.
  4. Select the Latte button to start frothing.
  5. Pour your frothed milk onto the brewed coffee. 
  6. To make the drink even more special, add whipped cream on top and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. 

Chai Tea Latte

The best Keurig coffee machine to use for making a chai tea latte is the Keurig K-Latte Single Serve. But, if you have other models, such as the K-Slim, making a chai tea latte is also doable. 

Whichever machine you have, for this recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Your Keurig coffee machine
  • A chai tea brew K-cup coffee pod
  • Milk

Next, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Brew your chai tea K-cup coffee pod using the Shot option. 
  2. Froth warm milk using either your Keurig machine’s frother or a standalone milk frother.
  3. Pour the frothed milk onto the brewed coffee. 
  4. Stir and enjoy! 

Caramel Latte

The caramel latte is a close runner-up to the vanilla latte in most coffee shops. 

If you want to try making this at home with a Keurig machine, you’ll need: 

  • Half and half (around ½ cup)
  • A dark roast or espresso K-cup coffee pod
  • Caramel syrup
  • Glass ¾ filled with ice

With your ingredients prepped, you’re ready to get to work: 

  1. Brew your coffee pod using the 6-oz option. If you want it cold, place brewed coffee in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  2. After chilling the brewed coffee, transfer it into the glass with ice. 
  3. For the milk, pour ½ cup of half and half as well as a tablespoon of caramel syrup into the milk. 
  4. Place the frother cup on the machine’s frothing station. 
  5. Select “cold” and “latte.”
  6. Pour the frothed milk onto the iced coffee. You can add whipped cream on top and drizzle with caramel syrup.

What is the Keurig Milk Frother

keurig mini and milk frother

Throughout this guide, I’ve talked a bit about Keurig milk frothers. The Keurig Milk Frother makes all the difference when making a latte or cappuccino with a Keurig coffee machine. 

It has two frothing options – hot and cold. 

The hot froth button is best for rich cappuccinos and lattes. 

And, of course, the cold froth button is best when you want to make refreshing iced coffee drinks. 

What’s great about the frother is that you can use any type of milk in it. It has a non-stick interior, making it easy to clean regardless of the milk type. 

And, because it’s compact and lightweight, you can slide it next to your coffee maker even if you have limited counter space. 

Best of all, making frothed milk with this device is super simple. Here’s what to do: 

  1. Get your chosen milk and pour it into the non-stick jug that comes with the milk frother.
  2. Place the lid back on the machine. 
  3. Press the hot or cold froth button, depending on your preferred drink. 
  4. The frother will automatically shut down once it’s done frothing your milk. 
  5. Pour the frothed milk onto the brewed coffee and enjoy drinking! 

FAQs

Now that you’ve mastered making a latte with your Keurig coffee machine, let’s answer a few other related questions. 

Here’s a brief FAQ to make your latte brewing experience a little bit easier. 

Can I put milk in a Keurig?

Never attempt to put milk in your Keurig’s water tank. Not only can this damage your machine, but it can also make it extremely difficult to clean. Instead, purchase a separate milk frother for heating and steaming milk for lattes.

Can Keurigs make espresso?

There are Keurig espresso K pods you can use to make brew an espresso drink from your machine. But, because it does not brew under pressure, it isn’t really a true espresso. The only Keurig that brews pressurized espresso is the Keurig Rivo.

Can a Keurig make iced coffee?

Making iced coffee is one of the easiest recipes you can do with any Keurig coffee machine. All you need are the K-cup coffee pod, a glass filled with ice, and filtered water. After the machine brews the pod, you can just pour it into the glass with ice to create an iced coffee!

Conclusion

Keurig coffee machines are versatile, even if many people think they’re only designed for brewing up black coffee. 

With this guide on how to make a latte with Keurig coffee makers, you can easily start whipping up your own latte at home. Customize the drink according to your liking and enjoy! 

If you liked this article and want to try the recipes with a summer twist, we also have a recipe on how to make cold foam. Try your hand at it to brew up a cool summer treat with your Keurig!

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Jessica Ruth Lee Fleming
Jessica is a seasoned caffeine-addict who spent 3 years behind the bar. Her early coffee days took her from the commercial Starbucks scene in urban DC all the way to helping launch a craft coffee shop in California. Today she prefers sharing her years of coffee capers through media, although you’ll find she does it with a trusty cup of coffee by her side.