So, you are a fan of lattes AND you own an Aeropress? Well, then you know what time it is… it’s time to make yourself a delicious Aeropress-style latte.
If you’ve read our previous article on Aeropress Tips, you’ll know that although the Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker is a fairly straightforward device, there’s a lot you can do with it, which is why it’s so great. Simple to use, yet dynamic and versatile as well.
First off, let’s talk about lattes for a moment. Most people know what a latte is, but if you don’t google definitions of things every 5 minutes, here’s a recap: A latte is just steamed milk and espresso with some milk foam, basically.
Now some of you might be saying “Whoa! Hold on a minute, what about cappuccinos? What about flat whites? They also contain milk…”
Well, what defines your drink as a “latte” vs. a cappuccino, is the ratio of milk to espresso. As you can see from our little diagram above (on the right) there, there is just one shot of espresso in a latte, with a lot of steamed milk, whilst a cappuccino has more espresso. It’s one of those sliding scale types of things, where the more milk you have in your beverage, the further into latte country you go. Not a big deal, really. The diagram above on the upper left there should put it all into perspective, so we can get on to the good stuff…
Ok, well there is one more thing we should mention before we plow into the actual process, and that’s the fact that some people say that an Aeropress *technically* can’t produce authentic espresso according to people who are very particular.
Once again, we’ll refer you to our article on Aeropress Tips if you want to get super technical about that, or you can go dive into some coffee forums out there on the web.
But we’ll have you know, the majority of people just don’t care if its technically coffee or espresso in their latte, as long as it’s delicious.
That’s the side we’re on here, for the record, and the bottom line is that as long as you know how to use your Aeropress to make some sort of tasty dark liquid, you’ll be fine when it comes to making an Aeropress-style latte.
The whole point of an Aeropress latte, as far as we can see, is for it to be quick, easy, and delicious. Alright, so now that we’ve cleared a few things up, let’s move on to the actual HOW TO.
The Aeropress Latte Recipe
To start with, you’re going to need an Aeropress Coffee & Espresso Maker.
If you’ve used it before, then you’ve won half the battle already, because you’re simply going to be taking your favorite ground coffee and brewing it in your Aeropress as per usual.
If you found your way to this page and somehow don’t have an Aeropress yet, you can buy one from Amazon here, or you can also read our detailed review on the Aeropress to find out more about it before you fork over any cash. Overall, the Aeropress isn’t so pricey – usually under $30.
Oh, and if you want to go into more depth on the topic of grinding coffee beans specifically for your Aeropress, you can read our article that’s called How To Grind For Aeropress, which gets into those specifics, but that’s optional – pre-ground coffee is fine if that’s how you normally do it.
Here’s a quick video about using your Aeropress in general if you’ve never really used one.
Alrighty, so you’ve got your Aeropress and you’re good to go.
Now of course you need the other main ingredient used to make lattes. What could it be? Ah yes – milk!
So right away the question arises: what kind of milk is best for making an Aeropress latte?
Our answer is, to the chagrin of anyone who is counting calories right now – definitely the fattier kind of milk. 2% will work fine. Why is it better? That would be for the foam. Unless you don’t like foam, and are not planning on making any foam.
Is there a particular brand we’d recommend? Nope, that part is completely up to you. We just say to choose your favorite milk, but remember: the fattier the foamier!
We like our lattes to have a rich foam, which is why we use the following tool. If you haven’t seen it, this is the Aerolatte Electric Milk Frother. Its simple to use. Here’s a video showing the Aerolatte Electric Milk Frother in action…
Aeropress Latte – How It’s Done
Ok, maybe we’ve gotten a little bit ahead of ourselves here. Let’s talk about the process, or the order of events here. It’s not complicated, after all.
One thing to mention here is this method assumes you don’t want to heat your milk beforehand. The process of making an Aeropress latte is a quick one of about 4 steps, so if you want heated milk for a hotter drink, you’ll have to factor that in…
- Brew your favorite coffee with your Aeropress in your favorite style (inverted, non-inverted, etc.)…
- Let your coffee sit in your Aeropress for a few minute and brew, while keeping the lid on so the heat stays in…
- Meanwhile, because Aeropress coffee doesn’t take long at all to brew, you have just enough time to froth your milk, which is easy enough to do. Just froth away until your milk is rich and foamy. You can use the frother we mentioned above, and it will take a minute to whip it into some nice foam. Of course, you can froth it in another way, or not at all – the choice is yours…
- Put your Aeropress on top of your glass or mug of milk and press your coffee slowly into your frothed milk, letting it slowly integrate into the beverage. You will probably notice one, if not two distinctive layers that makes lattes look so appealing…
- Add some decorations if you have a fancy coffee stencil of some kind to make the drink look even more appealing…
And you’re done!
Now you’re ready to enjoy your delicious Aeropress Latte for your own personal enjoyment, for the latte lover in your family, or to dazzle guests! We hope you enjoyed our article, thanks for reading. 🙂