How to Brew an Iced Latte at Home (No Espresso Machine Necessary)
Summer’s here, which means your favorite hot beverage could use a serious cool-down. We’re thinking something cold and frothy, like an ice latte. But let’s be real: who wants to wait in the latte line when there’s precious sun rays to catch? You can make something just as delicious as what you're drinking at the cafe - at home!
Don’t have an espresso machine? Don’t fret! It's pretty easy to make a concentrated espresso-like drink from your Moustache Coffee Club beans, and even easier to create some frothy foam without a steamer or any specialized equipment.
What you need:
- Aeropress (optional)
- Cocktail Shaker
- Milk of choice (whole, skim, soy, almond... whatever you like!)
- Garnish of choice
- High-Quality Coffee
That last one's actually pretty tricky - most coffee companies are lying about what actually goes into making a cup of coffee. Click here to learn about coffee quality - and how some companies skirt the issue. Then, when you've got some good beans handy - come back and brew!
1: Make an "espresso"
The cafe on the corner uses an expensive espresso machine to pull shots, but there are a few ways to get a delicious brew for your at-home latté. Espresso is essentially just coffee that's brewed under high pressure, resulting in a concentrated and flavorful beverage. You can adjust your brewing technique to get a concentrated cup, which will taste great in your at-home iced latté.
Option 1: The easiest (and most delicious!) way to make an espresso-like drink is with an Aeropress. Find out how to make a strong coffee drink with an Aeropress here.
Option 2: If you don’t have an aeropress, begin by grinding your beans as finely as possible. Then brew your coffee with a high ratio of coffee to water. Our go-to is 12.5 grams of water to 1 gram of coffee (or 12.5 : 1).
The most important thing to remember here is to brew with freshly-roasted beans. Coffee tastes best about 3 days after roast, and only keeps at peak flavor for a few weeks.
Cafes get fresh beans delivered regularly, which helps their espresso taste great. If you want cafe-quality brews at home - start with fresh coffee! (We'll even send you some for free - check out our free trial today!)
2: Make an iced latte!
After you've assembled your ingredients and brewed your espresso or concentrated coffee - it's time to get down to business.
- - Fill your cocktail shaker with ice
- - Add your espresso-like beverage to the cocktail shaker.
- - Add 12-16 oz of your milk of choice.
3: Shake it!
Channel your favorite mixologist, and shake like a mad person for 30 seconds. Don't skimp out here, the more you shake, the frothier your latté will be.
4: Pour over ice
Or however you want to keep your drink cool.
6: Skip the $6 dollar ice latte and enjoy!
Don’t waste this summer in the coffee line. Get your day started right with a cafe-quality, ice-cold latté from your very own kitchen! For more recipes, coffee tips and tricks, check out Moustache Coffee Club’s brew guides including a few more cold coffee recipes.