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Tea latte

Perfect Tea Latte (in 5 Minutes!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s how to make a tea latte just like your favorite coffee shop…in 5 minutes! It’s got the best creamy flavor and frothy foam topping. 


  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) strong black tea (1 tea bag and 1/2 cup water)
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) whole milk*
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Make the tea using 1 black tea bag and 1/2 cup water. Allow to steep for several minutes.
  2. Add the milk and maple syrup to a small saucepan. Heat the milk to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (measure using a thermometer): this is hot with some small bubbles forming around the outside, but not simmering. The exact temperature is helpful for getting the perfect foam (if you don’t have a thermometer you can approximate).
  3. Use a hand frother, whisk, or French press to foam the milk into small, even bubbles. (The French press is our favorite method: Add the scalding milk to the French press and pump using quick, short plunges for 20 seconds until small foamy bubbles occur. Pour into a pitcher and tap it on the counter to break down large bubbles. You’ll get best results with 1 cup of milk for two drinks.) Go to How to Froth Milk if it’s your first time frothing.
  4. Pour the tea into a cup. Gently pour the milk and foam into the center of tea.


*If you’re using the French press frothing method, note that you’ll get best results using 1 cup milk and making 2 drinks. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tea
  • Diet: Vegetarian