Through some simple experimenting I've found a delicious and easy way to make lattes--at home, and without an espresso machine! Here's how:
Make your coffee (I use a french press). You only need to fill your mug half full, so you don't need to make much coffee.
Pour some milk (again, about half a mug's worth) into a small saucepan on the stove on medium-high heat. Whisk it until it is slightly thickened and frothy. Whole milk will result in the creamiest latte!
Finally, pour your coffee into the mug followed by the heated and whipped milk, making sure the last of the foam makes it into your mug.
You can add any kind of sugars or flavored syrups to taste, or enjoy it simple, as is.
Homemade lattes are great for many reasons. You can control the ratio of coffee to milk; it's vastly less expensive than Starbucks; it's a great way to cut down on caffeine, since you're only having half a cup of coffee; and of course, anything homemade is better in my book!