The saffron latte is a lovely, fragrant, and healthful coffee with a golden hue and a flavor that’s reminiscent of fall. A vegan-friendly recipe, the saffron lattes are light and low in calories and fat.
You can enjoy it as a special treat after dinner or for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Below, you’ll find all the information needed to make a saffron latte at home. Grab some coffee and start reading away!
What is a saffron latte?
A saffron latte is a vegan-friendly coffee that uses any dairy-free milk alternative that has been infused with saffron, and this is mixed with robust espresso coffee for a delicious treat.
The saffron is infused with dairy-free milk for a few minutes to give off its flavor and color.
Saffron has a kind of sweet and earthy flavor that works well very well with espresso coffee.
What does a saffron latte taste like?
A saffron latte tastes a bit sweet and savory from the saffron that’s added. The combination of the dairy-free milk of choice will make your saffron latte taste different every time!
The saffron and espresso coffee make for a complex flavor that I’ve not tasted anywhere before.
I love the flavor of it, and I’m confident that you’ll also love it. Have a look below for the ingredients list for this recipe:
What ingredients are used in a saffron latte?
To make a saffron latte at home, you’ll only need three ingredients to get started. You’ll need the following components:
- A dairy-free alternative of choice
- Espresso shot
For this recipe, you’ll only need a few strings of saffron for that amazing flavor.
You can make the espresso coffee with a brewing technique of choice. If you have an espresso machine at home, make sure to pull a shot of espresso from it.
I’ll be using my Moka pot to prepare the espresso coffee. You can also use an AeroPress to produce an espresso-like coffee as the basis for this drink.
Your Nespresso or Keurig machine works well for this recipe as well. Choose a coffee pod that is strong in flavor, so the amount of milk will not be too overpowering, and you’ll create a nicely balanced coffee.
Can you use brewed coffee for this recipe?
If you don’t have any of the above-listed ways to make an espresso coffee at home, you can brew a nice cup of coffee and use it for this recipe.
I like to make my brewed coffee taste a bit stronger than usual when infusing it in coffee recipes, and I suggest you do the same.
The best way to brew a powerful cup of coffee is by using a medium to dark roasted coffee bean and using a bit more coffee than your regular coffee brew.
This recipe calls for a single espresso shot, which is a tiny bit of coffee. If you’d instead use brewed coffee, I recommend using 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of brewed coffee and the same amount of saffron-infused milk for a nicely balanced drink.
If you’re using a Nespresso or Keurig machine, you can use a lungo coffee pod instead of an espresso pod as well.
Tip: Do you want to learn about the best coffee beans for lattes? Then you can find my recommendations here.
What is the best milk alternative for this recipe?
Because this is a vegan-friendly recipe, you can use any milk alternative you already have at home or love the most.
I’ve tested quite a few milk alternatives over the years, and I know that they all taste delicious in this recipe.
I’m using soy milk today, as this is my go-to milk alternative. I’ve also tested this recipe with almond milk, which tasted amazing as well.
Do you have a favorite milk alternative you love and works well with this recipe? Please let me know in the comments, as I’d love to give it a try!
Now that you know about all the components of this drink let’s get started with the recipe, so you can make a delicious saffron latte at home:
Vegan-Friendly Saffron Latte
This delicious combination of robust espresso coffee and saffron-flavored dairy-free milk is a great way to start the day!
- 3/4 cup (0.18 l) of dairy-free milk of choice
- 4-5 strings of saffron
- Espresso shot
- Infuse the saffron with the milk alternative of choice. Have a look below for the best way to do so.
- Foam the infused milk the best you can with a whisk.
- Brew your espresso with the coffee brewer of choice.
- While brewing the coffee, grab a tall glass.
- Pour the foamy saffron-infused milk into the glass.
- Let the milk sit for 30 seconds to create those amazing layers.
- Slowly pour the espresso coffee into the glass.
- Now, all there's left to do is enjoy this delicious drink!
I suggest serving the saffron latte with a straw so that you can combine the espresso coffee with the rest of the ingredients.
Remember, you can also substitute the espresso coffee for brewed coffee.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 3.5gSaturated Fat: 0.4gUnsaturated Fat: 0.7gSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2.4gSugar: 0.9gProtein: 8.2g
The best way to make saffron-infused milk at home
Saffron is an expensive but amazing spice, and it needs to be infused to extract the flavor and color from it.
As we’re making a latte today, the best way to infuse the saffron is by adding it to the dairy-free milk you’re using. To do so, you can follow the steps below:
- In a small saucepan, add the milk alternative of choice along with 4 or 5 strings of saffron.
- Place the pan on the stove, on medium heat.
- Scald the milk and, once scalded, lower the heat.
- Now, let the saffron infuse for an additional 5 minutes.
- After you’ve finished the infusion, remove the saffron strings from the milk.
- Grab a whisk and start foaming the milk for a minute.
- After there’s a nice layer of foam, you can use it and finish the recipe!
Milk alternatives take a bit longer to foam and don’t foam as well as dairy, but the goal is to create a small layer of foam, as this will create a nice layer of texture on your saffron latte.
Tip: Do you want to learn more about scalded milk? You can get more information here.
This saffron latte is a great way to start your day and has such a unique flavor that you can’t get anywhere else.
I like that it has this amazing yellow color to it, which makes it even more special to drink.
The infused milk mixed with robust espresso coffee is the perfect combination, in my opinion, and I’m glad how this saffron latte turned out.
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