how to make iced lattes at home
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
When I mentioned last week that I usually make my iced lattes at home, I got quite a few questions about that, so I wanted to do a little post to answer those.
Why make iced lattes at home instead of going to a coffee shop?
I really can't say enough about making lattes at home, because the convenience and money-saving is unbeatable. I mean, even if you spend $50 on an espresso machine and another $15 on grounds, syrup, and milk, that's about the same amount of money you'd spend on buying a latte from Starbucks every day for 2 weeks. It's nuts how fast coffee purchases add up, and I'd totally rather spend that money on new maxi dresses for this spring and summer.
How do you make your iced lattes?
If you haven't used an espresso machine before, or if you're new to making espresso drinks at home, an iced latte is the easiest way to go. All I do is follow the instructions on the bag of espresso grounds that I buy to measure out the proper amount of coffee grounds. Then, again, follow the instructions that came with your espresso machine to properly put the grounds into the basket and make your espresso.
While that's brewing, grab your glass or reusable tumbler and fill it about halfway full with milk. Pour your espresso on top of the milk, add some ice, and top off with more milk, if you have room. If you like flavored lattes or you're a mocha drinker, you can buy flavored syrups or chocolate at pretty much any grocery store.
What kind of espresso machine do you use?
I use a Mr. Coffee Steam Espresso Machine. Honestly, it was the cheapest one I found at Target when I was looking to buy one. If you want to make regular (hot) lattes and cappuccinos, you might want to spend a bit more money on a nicer machine because mine takes a little while to get hot enough to steam milk. I don't mind, but I know a lot of people who would rather pay more money to speed up their latte-making process in the morning. Either way, it's still faster (and cheaper) than waiting in line at Starbucks!
What kind of espresso do you use?
Right now I'm using Starbucks' espresso blend. I've tried a few other brands, but I definitely prefer Starbucks for my homemade lattes. However, when I'm at coffee shops that roast their own beans, I definitely like to try their espresso to see if I'd prefer that at home.
If you have any other questions, let me know in the comments and I'll answer them.