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Can You Make Espresso In A Keurig For A Latte or Cappuccino?

Can you make drinks like a latte or cappuccino with Keurig machines? Technically, the answer is no. To make a real latte or cappuccino, you need to brew espresso. A shot of espresso is a highly concentrated coffee prepared under significant hot water pressure. Keurig machines cannot make espresso because the brewing process they use is not designed to achieve the needed level of high pressure. You would need an espresso maker or Nespresso machine for a true espresso. You can see my related post on the differences between Keurig and Nespresso.

If you can’t add an espresso machine to your home coffee bar, you can certainly your Keurig to make a drink that will be similar to a latte or cappuccino using a strong coffee concentrate K-cup instead of espresso.

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What You Need To Make A “Latte” or “Cappuccino” With Keurig

To make a drink that is like a latte or cappuccino, you will need to be able to froth milk. Unless you have the Keurig K-Cafe or Keurig K-Latte (only available at Walmart), your model does not have a built in milk frother. That means you will need to buy an accessory.

Keurig makes its own milk frother which is compatible with all machines. The Keurig frother heats up in just 3 minutes. You can use it to froth any dairy milk or soy and almond milk; however, generally speaking, whole milk or reduced fat milk tends to froth better than others.

In addition to a frother, you’ll want to stock up on K-cups that try to replicate an espresso taste. Look for a dark roast or espresso roast. I think the K-cups shown below are the best pods for lattes and cappuccinos.

How To Make a “Latte” With Keurig

See the following steps to make a warm “latte” with any machine. To make an iced latte, the steps are the same. Just add ice at the end and be sure to use a plastic or thermal cup (not glass).

Keurig K-Cafe Latte Maker Instructions

The Keurig K-Cafe makes it easy to make a “latte” in just 3 steps

  1. Brew a dark roast K-cup or espresso roast pod using the SHOT size
  2. Add cold milk to the frother to the Latte line
  3. Press the latte button – then enjoy!

To make an iced latte with the K-Cafe, follow the same steps. Just add ice at the end and be sure to use a plastic or thermal cup (not glass).

Keurig K-Latte Latte Maker Instructions

The Keurig K-Latte makes it easy to make a “latte” in just 3 steps

  1. Brew a dark roast K-cup or espresso roast pod using the SHOT size
  2. Add 6 oz cold milk to the frother to the MAX line. Press the top hot froth button.
  3. Add the frothed milk to the glass with the brewed Keurig coffee – then enjoy!

To make an iced latte with the K-Latte, follow the same steps but press the cold froth button on the frother instead. Then, just add ice at the end and be sure to use a plastic or thermal cup (not glass).

Making a Latte With All Other Keurig Machines Plus Keurig Frother

  1. Brew a dark roast K-cup or espresso roast pod using the either the 4 oz, 6 oz or STRONG button. The STRONG button is preferred if available.
  2. Add 6 oz cold milk to the frother to the MAX line. Press the top hot froth button.
  3. Add the frothed milk to the glass with the brewed coffee – then enjoy!

To make an iced latte with your Keurig, follow the same steps but press the cold froth button on the frother instead. Add ice next. Be sure to use a plastic or thermal cup (not glass).

How To Make a Keurig “Cappuccino”

Cappuccinos Using Keurig K-Cafe

  1. Brew a dark roast K-cup or espresso roast pod using the SHOT size
  2. Add cold milk to the frother to the Cappuccino line
  3. Press the cappuccino button – then enjoy!

Cappuccinos Using Keurig K-Latte

The Keurig K-Latte makes it easy to make a “cappuccino” in just 3 steps

  1. Brew a concentrated dark roast K-cup or espresso roast pod using the SHOT size
  2. Add 4 oz cold milk to the frother to the MIN line. Press the top hot froth button.
  3. Add the frothed milk to the glass with the brewed coffee – then enjoy!

Cappuccinos Using All Other Keurig Machines Plus Keurig Frother

  1. Brew a dark roast K-cup or espresso roast pod using the either the 4 oz, 6 oz or STRONG button. The STRONG button is preferred if available.
  2. Add 4 oz cold milk to the frother to the MIN line. Press the top hot froth button.
  3. Add the frothed milk to the glass with the brewed coffee – then enjoy!

Keurig Flavored Latte Recipes

If you like lattes with a bit of rich flavor, you’ll enjoy these simple single serve K-cup recipes. Use any of your favorite coffee pods that are dark or espresso roast.

Keurig Vanilla Latte Recipe

  1. Pour one ounce of vanilla syrup into a glass that is 12 oz or larger.
  2. Froth 6 ounces of milk and pour the milk into the glass.
  3. Brew one Keurig dark roast or espresso roast pods directly into the glass.
  4. Top with whipped cream and / or cinnamon (optional)

How to Make a Keurig Matcha Latte

  1. Froth 6 ounces of milk and pour the milk into the glass.
  2. Brew one Keurig matcha green tea K-cup directly into the glass.

Keurig Caramel Latte Recipe

  1. Grab a 12 oz glass or larger. Place 1 oz of caramel syrup into the bottom of the glass.
  2. Prepare 6 oz of frothed milk, then add to glass and stir.
  3. Brew one Keurig dark roast or espresso roast pods directly into the glass.
  4. Top with whipped cream and / or caramel sauce drizzle (optional)

How to Make a Keurig Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Grab a 12 oz glass or larger. Place 1 oz of pumpkin spice syrup into the bottom of the glass.
  2. Prepare 6 oz of frothed milk, then add to glass and stir.
  3. Brew one Keurig dark roast or espresso roast pods directly into the glass.
  4. Top with whipped cream and / or pumpkin spice (optional)

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