I love coffee. I good cafe au lait is like dipping into a hot bath after a cold difficult winter’s day when your hands and feet are red and blotchy and your muscles ache. I have only a  little luck creating a coffeehouse quality au lait at home, but here are a few tips I learned from a competitive barista named, oddly enough, Joe.

1: Hava a warm mug, this is best done by putting the mug in hot water, and quickly drying before pouring.

2. Heat the milk around 150 degrees, a magic barista wand is needed to create that perfect “steamed” milk, so just don’t worry about that.

3. Invest in some good coffee for your cafe au lait, it ends up being cheaper than buying them all the time.


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