I’ve been trying to be better about saving lately (it hasn’t been the easiest,) so I decided no more cafés. Enter these 4 things that you might already have around your apartment to make an iced latte just like the cafe down the street, but way cheaper.
Yes, I said FOUR. There’s 5 listed below, but the grinder is optional and so is the honey if it’s not your thing, but definitely try it at least once! I promise it won’t disappoint.
- You need a espresso machine (mine was under $200).
- Espresso of your choice, ground or not ground depending if you want or have a coffee grinder.
- OPTIONAL – Coffee Grinder if you buy your espresso whole bean, but this is optional.
- Milk of your choice, I choose almond milk or Ripple barista milk. This is techincally
- Local honey on deck to use.
This is the most simple, basic latte recipe, but it’s honestly so delicious and I’d choose it over going to any local café.
I’m picky about my coffee because it honestly sets a tone for the day. A good cup of coffee has so much motivation and inspiration behind it, and I want to make sure we’re all our best, most motivated selves over here, okay?
- Grind your espresso. If you’ve already purchased ground espresso, or ground it at the market then you get to skip Step 1, but stick around. If not, get grindin’. I use Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso. Get it nice and fine, there will be some stuck to the bottom of the grinder – that’s when you know it’s fine enough. I love grinding it in the morning because it makes the house apartment smell delicious in the morning. It adds a little extra inspiration in the air that I really enjoy, plus taste a lot fresher. I use the Bodum grinder that I got for $20 at Target.
- Set up your cups with iced milk. Grab a cup, add like 5-7 ice cubes (I’m superstitious about the # of cubes at this point,) you don’t want a latte that’s not strong enough and add the milk of your choice on top. Getting the milk nice and cold will chill the espresso quick, and to me it always feel like it stops the brewing process and keeps it nice and creamy. Here’s a link to the recycled glass ones I use at home. I got mine at Home Goods as a set of 4, but they’re apparently on Amazon too.
- Pack and pull your espresso shots, but add honey at the bottom of the shot glass for the last shot. I always make lattes for me and my fiancé so I always just pull 2 double shots, then I split the third double shot and add a teaspoon or two of local honey at the bottom of the shot glass to get nice and melted. I haven’t tried to make espresso with an aeropress or moka pot or anything like that, but if you’ve made espresso that way and like the taste I’d say go for that too! However, I can only guarantee deliciousness by using what I use, which is the Delonghi Cappuccino Maker as they call it.
- Grab your reusable straws, and start spinning the milk and ice – pour shot over while you do this. This is common sense I know, but just know it’s an important part of this, keeping that baby niiiiice and cold! Here are the stainless steel shorter ones I use regularly.
- Brag and enjoy. Yes, brag to everyone how amazing you are at making lattes and then follow it up by making them an amazing latte.
It’ll take a little practice packing and pulling the shots to get that nice crema on top and the cascading, but I promise if have quality espresso and little patience you’ll learn quickly.
Hope you guys make some delicious lattes, and please tag me on Instagram when you make your lattes!! @thekcorinne