I know I know, you’re a coffee addict, but in the hot weather of the summer, you prefer to drink something refreshing, something like an iced latte. And from an economic standpoint, drinking coffee from Starbucks every day is a financial disaster. So the solution that fulfills your desires and fits your situation is to learn how to make an iced latte yourself, and that’s what this article is all about.
What is Latte
Before we begin on the how let’s put some definitions in order to be able to understand what we are doing.
A latte is an espresso-based drink that consists of three main components: an espresso shot, steamed milk, and frothed milk. The unique ratio between frothed milk and steamed milk is what differentiates latte from other espresso-based drinks.
The main difference between cappuccino and latte is in the thickness of the layer of foam or frothed milk, it’s thicker for a cappuccino.
What is an Iced Latte
Iced latte is basically cooling down all the ingredients of a latte. First, there’s no froth at all, it’s just an espresso shot and chilled milk poured over ice that consists of a delicious cup of iced latte.
Sweeteners can be added to the mix, sugar, and flavoring syrups are added to the cup to make it even more tasty and delicious.
To avoid warming up the drink, the espresso shot can be pre-chilled or even frozen.
What Kind of Coffee is in an Iced Latte?
The type of coffee used for making an iced latte is a medium to medium-dark coffee roast, this is what is going to provide you with the best and highest quality coffee shot. You could also try other types such as light roast and dark roast to see if you prefer them over medium roast but what medium coffee roast is what is recommended for the best results.
How much milk is in a grande cup?
For a grande iced latte, you will need to use 8 ounces of milk to make the perfect cup of latte.
What’s the Difference Between Cold Brew and Iced Latte?
The main difference between cold brew and iced latte is that cold brew coffee is brewed without heat which creates lower acidity for a smoother, naturally sweet taste. While iced latte on the other hand is brewed with boiling water then chilled which creates a refreshing, lighter body.
How Many Calories Does It Have?
For a 16 fl. oz drink a whole milk iced latte contains 120 calories, this of course could be reduced if you switched to nonfat milk.
Are iced lattes healthy?
Is it delicious? Of course. Is it healthy? It depends.
120 calories are considered in the unhealthy category but if you used alternatives for whole milks and reduced the amount of sugar and sweeteners you add to the cup of course it could be healthy. But at the end of the day this depends on your preferences.
How to Make Iced Latte with Espresso Machine
The actual process of making an iced latte is really simple if you know how to make an espresso shot.
There are many different ways for making an espresso shot with the best way is using an espresso machine, but if you don’t like the fuss of using an espresso machine you could use a Nespresso machine which does all the work for you, you just insert the capsules into the machine and it takes care of the rest.
So that now your espresso shot is ready you will want to pick your sweeteners, the one thing to look for with sweeteners is to use liquid sweeteners instead of granulated sugars because the granulated sugar doesn’t dissolve properly in iced lattes.
Do You Froth Milk for This Beverage?
No, you don’t froth milk for because that requires heat which will melt your ice and ruin the whole concept, also the foam needs hot milk to be put on top of it.