Are you craving your favorite coffee blended with creamy milk foam, but you don’t own a fancy espresso maker? Don’t worry, because, with an AeroPress, you can be your own barista and whip up lots of lattes!
The AeroPress lets you make all kinds of specialty coffee drinks without ever leaving your home. But we know nothing compares to the best-known coffee beverage on every coffeehouse menu: the latte.
What is an AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker?
If you haven’t taken the plunge with plunging your espresso coffee in the morning, let us introduce you to a handheld quality espresso machine that could fit into your briefcase.
The AeroPress is a manual, portable coffee maker that uses pressure to brew coffee. It has two cylinders that create a vacuum to press the water through the coffee grounds, a bit like an authentic espresso machine.
The resulting concentrated coffee has less acidity but a strong coffee taste. Coffee lovers agree that it’s as good as regular coffee from a coffee shop!
With AeroPress, you can make delicious coffee and turn it into indulgent coffee drinks in just a few simple steps. Our favorite is the basic latte coffee recipe.
What is a Latte?
A latte is simply a combination of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam mixed in your coffee cup. The milk to coffee ratio is essential. It should be one-third milk, one-third foam, and one-third coffee.
Coffee snobs will argue that you require a fantastic coffee maker and the ideal pressure to brew espresso. But as a fellow coffee lover, I know the AeroPress extracts coffee with plenty of coffee flavor.
Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe for a latte, you can make a latte with syrup or sugar, or even an iced coffee!
What You’ll Need
If you’ve owned your AeroPress Coffee Maker for a while, you know the actual process to brew a delicious concentrated coffee is easy. Perhaps even easier than using an actual espresso machine! In only five simple steps, you’ll have a flavorful coffee drink.
|One scoop or 14-15 grams of ground coffee||AeroPress|
|Water||Aeropress paper filter|
Step 1 – Coffee Beans and Water
Start with adding one scoop of whole bean coffee to the coffee grinder. You’ll want a medium-fine grind.
While your coffee beans are grinding, start the water boiling in a kettle.
Did you know? Most of the flavor of coffee comes from the beans you choose. So we recommend choosing quality roasted coffee beans to get plenty of coffee flavor.
Step 2 – The AeroPress
Place the paper filter in the AeroPress cap and fill it with your coffee grounds. Then, place the AeroPress over a coffee cup to prepare for coffee extraction.
Step 3 – Start to Brew
Once the water has come to a boil, pour a small amount of hot water over the grounds and let it rest for about thirty seconds. Then add the rest of the hot water.
Let your favorite ground coffee steep for anywhere from one to three minutes. The longer you let the coffee steep, the stronger coffee notes you’ll have. The concentrated coffee that comes out will have a strong coffee flavor.
When your concentrated coffee has steeped long enough, attach the plunger and push it down, forcing the coffee into the coffee cup.
Step 4 – The Steamed Milk
Heat your milk on the stovetop or the microwave to create steamed milk for your latte coffee. Be careful not to burn or boil it, or it will leave a bitter aftertaste that isn’t pleasant.
Once the milk is hot, you’ll want to shake or whisk it to create milk foam.
Step 5 – Combine and Enjoy!
Simply pour the steamed milk into the concentrated coffee. The ratio of coffee to milk should be one to three if you’re creating an authentic latte. But you can adjust based on your preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the best milk for a latte?
The answer to this comes down to your preference! Of course, high-quality milk or milk alternatives will always make the best hot and iced lattes. We recommend whole or 2% milk for a creamier flavor.
However, if you’re dairy-free, you might enjoy oat milk or macadamia milk.
Should you froth the milk?
An authentic latte has three parts: espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. To create the perfect foam, you may want to consider a milk frother. The frothing process will aerate the milk fat and create a nice foam that adds that extra creaminess that we love so much to the latte.
If you don’t own a milk frother, don’t worry! You can also add the steamed milk to a cocktail shaker. Shake for as long as you like, then pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into your coffee cup and enjoy.
How do you make latte art?
If you’re ready to take your latte to the next level, consider learning latte art. You may want to upgrade to an excellent frothing pitcher and steaming wand.
Too much fuss? If you want to elevate your espresso without the mess-o, try a fancy coffee stencil and some caster sugar mixed with cinnamon.
What else can you make?
Once you’ve created a simple latte from concentrated coffee, the sky’s the limit! Why not try iced coffee, concentrated coffee over vanilla ice, or a latte with sugar. Sometimes adding simple syrup to any latte creates a whole new beverage.
- One scoop or 14-15 grams of ground coffee
- Start with adding one scoop of whole bean coffee to the coffee grinder. You'll want a medium-fine grind.
- Place the paper filter in the AeroPress cap and fill it with your coffee grounds. Then, place the AeroPress over a coffee cup to prepare for coffee extraction.
- Once the water has come to a boil, pour a small amount of hot water over the grounds and let it rest for about thirty seconds. Then add the rest of the hot water.
- Heat your milk on the stovetop or the microwave to create steamed milk for your latte coffee. Once the milk is hot, you'll want to shake or whisk it to create milk foam.
- Simply pour the steamed milk into the concentrated coffee and enjoy!