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Most people fall into one of two categories of coffee: iced lattes in the summer or iced lattes all year round. Whatever your allegiance, knowing how to make a good one at home helps. It’s a simple drink: just espresso and milk on ice. But do you need an espresso machine? Should you froth your milk? What is the perfect ratio?
The experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab can answer all of these questions, as they’ve tested and tasted for the best methods for making hot espresso, cappuccino, lattes, and more. They have rated coffeemakers, single-serve brewers, filter coffee makers, portable camping coffeemakers, cold brew coffeemakers – basically all types of coffeemakers. And they tested machines with full functionality as well as stand-alone coffee grinders and milk frothers.
Simon-Pierre Caron, barista partner of De’Longhi, co-owner of CafÃ© In Gamba, in Montreal, Quebec (and winner of the Best Montreal Latte in 2018!) Also shares his tips for making a good frozen latte at home.
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whole milk (or oat milk)
(2 shots) freshly ground espresso
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- Fill a 10-ounce glass with ice cubes. Add the milk.
- Garnish with the espresso.
What is the difference between an iced latte and an iced cappuccino?
An iced latte is just milk and espresso on ice – no need to froth your milk (although you can if you want!). An iced cappuccino requires milk froth, so there will be froth on top. Frozen lattes also use more milk per drink than frozen cappuccinos.
Do you need an espresso machine to make iced latte?
Caron likes to use an espresso machine to make milk-based drinks. Fully automatic machines can grind the beans for you, which can save you one step and make drinking even easier. Caron also notes that shots fired with an espresso machine tend to always be balanced and have great flavor.
If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can still make frozen lattes at home. A stovetop coffeemaker, like the Bialetti Moka Stovetop Espresso Machine, will produce strong, strong espresso-style coffee. You can even prepare a strong infusion in a French press which will give a pleasant iced latte.
How to make an iced latte at home?
- First of all you need finely ground coffee (and water, for brewing). If you use an espresso machine, you’ll find that some do it all – grind the beans, wrap the patterns, and prepare your shot – but others require you to pull the shot yourself. To do this, you will fill a hopper (called a filter holder) with grounds and then tamp it (which means compressing the grounds in a washer so that the hot water under pressure can extract a lot of flavor as it passes quickly). . Then you can insert the filter holder and prepare your espresso. If you don’t have an espresso machine, opt for a strong French pressure coffee maker or a hob coffee maker; filter coffee does not work as well as swapping for espresso.
- Once your shot is ready, you will need ice – cubes are ideal because they will chill the drink without making it too runny right off the bat. If you prefer crushed ice, just use less, as it tends to melt faster.
- You will also need milk. Caron likes whole milk for the body’s balance and smoothness. For those who avoid cow’s milk, he recommends oat milk. He notes that some alternative milks, like almond and soy, have a strong flavor. âBut with oats you can taste the coffee, which is great,â he says.
- Wants a flavored iced latte? You can add flavored syrup to the finished drink, but Caron recommends brewing the espresso on the flavor so that it is completely dissolved and incorporated into the drink. Caron advises using natural versions (like real chocolate or caramel and pure vanilla extract) for the best flavor.
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