Making the perfect Iced Oat Milk Latte at home
Most of the time, when making coffee at home, we stick to the basics. Black coffee, espresso, and maybe we’ll add a little bit of cream and sugar but that’s about it. Whenever we want to get a fancier, more complicated drink, it seems a task too great and we end up relying on our local barista to make it for us.
Which, of course, is not a bad thing. We love our local barista. But it’s time we took matters into our own hands, and ventured into the land of making our own drinks – at least once in a while. It will be super fun and the results can be more satisfying than you would expect.
There are, of course, two very different phases to making an Iced Oat Milk Latte: The coffee and the milk. First, let’s go over how to make a good iced coffee.
Iced coffee for your Iced Oat Milk Latte
- Hario V60 (similar devices work, too)
- Paper filters
- 200 ml ice cubes
- 200 ml water at 200F
- 25 grams of ground coffee
- A kettle
- A digital scale
How to make:
- Heat up water in a kettle and use it to thoroughly rinse your paper filter and warm up the Hario V60 dripper.
- Choose a tall mug and place it on top of the digital scale, then tare it.
- Place the dripper on top of the mug you’ll be using, put the filter in place, then add ground coffee.
- In a kettle, heat up water to 200F and start pouring until you hit 40 ml on the scale.
- Allow 30 seconds for it to bloom. Do not stir.
- Pour the remaining 110 ml as slowly as you can. Make a spiraling motion and end at the center of the coffee bed.
- Immediately after finishing, add all ice cubes.
Of course, in this case, since we don’t have the milk ready yet, we should let it sit in the fridge while we get the milk ready. Even better, pop it in the freezer if you like iced coffee extra cold!
A few notes on making Iced Coffee
- For Iced coffee, it’s usually recommended to use the darker roasts, but since we’re making a sweeter drink, you can use blonde or medium roasts for milder results that will go better for the final drink.
- As with most pour overs, we strongly recommend using a bottleneck kettle, since it enables you to make more precise movements when pouring, something that is particularly important with this brewing method. Moreover, we also suggest measuring the water temperature instead of eyeballing it- you can find temperature-adjustable kettles and other tools like such in our store.
- Digital scales are handy and will make your life easier but, if you don’t have one at hand, you can always measure the coffee with measuring spoons. In the case of the water, use measuring cups.
Now, let’s go over how to make a good, tasty oat milk. This milk is great not just because of its taste and great texture, but it’s also probably the easiest milk to make. Some oats, a few minutes, and you’ve got your Iced Oat Milk Latte milk.
Homemade Oat Milk
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 cups water
- A pinch of salt
- Sweetener to taste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
How to make:
- Mix all ingredients together in the blender and start blending immediately.
- After 45 seconds, stop blending.
- Let sit for 15 seconds.
- Blend again for five seconds.
- Strain using a nut bag, and serve.
If you don’t have a nut bag (or nut milk bag), you can always use a piece of clothing that is durable, stretchable, and looks like it won’t let too much pulp through. You can also get a cheesecloth which is almost indistinguishable from a nut milk bag.
At this point, you can froth the milk a little (don’t heat it up) using a blender, a mixer, or a French press. Oat milk, particularly homemade oat milk, is easy to froth, so you’ll have no problems here.
A few notes on making oat milk
- Don’t use instant oats, oat flour, or such products. Ideally, you’d use either steel-cut oats or rolled oats.
- Be sure not to let them soak or sit in the blender for too long, as the texture turns gooey in a matter of one or two minutes. Making oat milk is very time-sensitive! On the other hand, if you like the texture, have at it!
- The amount of water you use is up to you. Less water yields a thicker, more concentrated milk and vice versa. The amount of water we use here reflects the needs of iced coffee, but you can make it even thicker by cutting down to 2 cups (or less).
As soon as you’re done frothing, take the coffee out of the freezer, serve, add ice cubes, and then pour the milk.
you just made an Iced Oat Milk Latte!
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