If you’re craving a frothy latte but don’t have a fancy espresso machine at your disposal, you don’t have to trek all the way to the coffee shop. You can do it right at home—and you don't even need milk. All you need is a bit of xanthan gum.

In the short video above, WIRED and Chef Steps have teamed up to teach the world how to make a milk-free latte. Their recipe is perfect for coffee fanatics who don’t do dairy or who've simply run out of milk. According to WIRED, the only ingredients you need to make the substitute are regular old coffee beans and xanthan gum. Xanthan gum, which is a food thickening agent most commonly found in salad dressings, helps turn freshly brewed coffee into a thick, creamy beverage that, at least according to WIRED, mimics the taste and texture of the real thing. While we can’t personally vouch for the DIY drink, it’s a neat opportunity to use a little bit of chemistry in the kitchen, and that is something we'll always endorse. 

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