The Latte Taste Test

You might be asking yourself, how do I make my latte?  It should be stated as a fact that variance in process can ruin the taste of a latte.  So if I try to minimize this variance, then the taste of the beans should be standardized and comparable regardless of the coffee roaster.  So in the past 5 years, I’ve come up with a standard approach.

  • Grind approximately 30g of coffee beans.
  • Add approximately 120g of hot water at 98C (or 4x the weight of ground beans) in an Aeropress.
  • Stir and brew the hot coffee slurry for no more than 5 minutes.
  • Use the Aeropress to extract the coffee extract out into a cup.
  • Weigh the total recovered espresso liquid.
  • Add approximately 180g of Horizon 2% Organic cold milk into the espresso liquid (or 3x the weight of recovered espresso liquid).

It should be obvious that the strength of the espresso liquid is dependent on the amount of milk used.  For Cafe con Leche, I find a 1x the weight of the recovered espresso liquid to yield a good strong coffee.

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