How to Make the Ultimate Aeropress Latte Recipe

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This Aeropress latte recipe allows you to make delicious coffee at home without a fancy espresso machine. A true espresso latte is one of those coffee drinks that just hits the spot. With a few simple steps and a mix of hot water, steamed milk, and a shot of espresso you can be your own barista. 

Aeropress coffee press recipe

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Easy Aeropress Latte Recipe

The first question you may ask is what is an Aeropress? So let’s start there first.

The Aeropress coffee maker is a unique, portable coffee maker.  It operates by steeping the coffee grounds and water in the cylinder and then forcing the liquid through the paper filter using the included plunger. The Aeropress coffee maker is a must-have for all coffee lovers.  You can get the Aeropress here: Aeropress Coffee Press.

close up of aeropress coffee maker

What Can I Make with an Aeropress Coffee Press?

The Aeropress is a must-have coffee brewing tool that all coffee enthusiasts should own. This one little Aeropress makes regular coffee, lattes, espresso, and cold brew coffee! It’s like having a one-stop coffee shop in the comfort of your own home. 

Parts of the Aeropress Coffee Press & Espresso Maker

Now that we have the gist of the Aeropress and all the different things that make it the best choice for coffee enthusiasts let’s do a quick overview of the parts. The Aeropress is quite simple, it has a chamber for the coffee grounds and water. There is a filter cap where you put the filter. You can use paper filters or a stainless steel reusable metal filter. Last, is the plunger. 

aeropress parts

Make sure to check out The Best Accessories for your Aeropess Coffee Maker to take your coffee making to the next level here: Best Aeropress Accessories.

What Makes the Aeropress Coffee Maker Amazing

What makes the Aeropress better than your typical coffee brewing machine?

  • It’s no secret that the Aeropress makes a great cup of coffee, but there’s so much more. 
  • Portable: the Aeropress is small and convenient for travel. Toss it in your travel bag and make great coffee on vacation or a business trip. No more searching for a popular coffee spot when you can make your own. 
  • Fast Coffee: You are able to make your own homemade latte in less time than it would take you to wait in line and place an order.
  • Flexible: Whether you are making traditional hot coffee, espresso coffee, or specialty coffee you are able to have a lot of flexibility. You can adjust the grind size, water temperature, and brew strength.
  • Easy Clean up: Clean up is a breeze!

The Best Grind Size for Aeropress

First, start with your favorite coffee. You will get the best results if you grind our own coffee beans for fresh full-flavored coffee. The best coffee beans for this simple recipe are good quality medium roast to dark roast coffee and a medium-fine grind. These will produce the flavor of a truly delicious latte. The type of coffee beans you choose is really a personal preference. If you don’t have a grinder you can absolutely use pre-ground coffee. 

One thing to keep in mind is that a finer grind size will work better than a coarse grind. Typical preground store-bought coffee is medium ground because it is made for a standard drip coffee maker. Grinding your own beans allows you to get a bit more finer with your coffee grind. When grinding your own beans to make homemade lattes with Aeropress set your grinder to the finest setting. And when buying pre-ground try to find a fine grind or espresso grind if you can. This recipe is using Charleston Organic whole coffee beans and the Hamilton Beach coffee grinder.

aeropress and whole coffee beans

Follow these step-by-step instructions for the best way to make a really tasty latte coffee. It is just as good as those made with fancy coffee makers but without all the extra fuss.

Coffee Strength

Now, decide if you prefer a strong coffee flavor or not. We find that one heaping Aeropress scoop of coffee offers a weaker cup of coffee, whereas three Aeropress scoops are very strong. You may have to play around with different coffee ratios to find the best ratio for you. Adjust water temps, grind sizes, and brew times to find your favorite. For the sake of this easy Aeropress latte recipe, we are using 2 scoops, which equates to approximately 28 grams of coffee.

Simple Latte Ingredients

Gather your simple latte ingredients. This is all you will need:

  • 2 scoops, or 28g of coffee of choice
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup whole milk
  • water
how to make aeropress latte

You will also need the Aeropress and a milk frother to make your delicious latte.

Setting up the Aeropress for the Brew Process

First, rinse the paper Aeropress filter with water. This will rinse away impurities and eliminate any paper taste. Next, insert the paper filter into the filter cap and secure it to the bottom of the Aeropress chamber. 

coffee grinds and paper filter

Next, heat up your water to 185 degrees. Place the whole assembly on top of your cup. Make sure the Aeropress fits nicely on top of a coffee mug or cup of choice.

how to make a latte with aeropress

While your water is heating add your desired amount of coffee grinds to the Aeropress chamber, for the sake of this recipe we are using two scoops, which equates to approximately 28 grams of coffee. Give the Aeropress chamber a gentle shake to level out the coffee grinds.

The Brewing Process for Aeropress Latte

Slowly add freshly boiled, filtered, hot water (185 degrees F) until it reaches between the “2” and “3” stamped on the side of the chamber. Filtered water will make sure to remove any odd flavors that may be in your tap water. 

aeropress latte recipe

Most of the water should remain in the chamber. A small amount of drip through is normal, but if it seems excessive then you may need a finer grind.

Use the stir stick to gently stir the coffee and water. Do this for at least 30 seconds to make sure that all of the grinds are fully immersed.

stir coffee in aeropress chamber

The coffee should look very dark while steeping in the chamber.

strong coffee in aeropress

Place the plunger into the top of the chamber and allow the coffee to steep for at least 60 seconds. A longer coffee steep time will result in a stronger coffee flavor.

steep coffee in aeropress chamber

Heating Milk for Your Latte

For the frothing process place 3/4 cup to one cup of milk into a small saucepan or a frothing pitcher and heat on the stove. Heat over medium heat to 185 degrees F. You want hot milk but do not let it boil. 

Next, use a frothing wand to froth your warm milk. You can find the one pictured online here: frothing wand. If you own a fancy milk steamer then of course that works just as well. 

frothing milk

Finish the Coffee Brew

Next, apply gentle pressure and depress the Aeropress plunger pushing the water through the chamber and into your cup or mug.

home brew latte recipe

As you reach the bottom of the chamber you will hear a slight hiss as the remaining coffee pushes through and into your coffee cup. You will also notice a bit of foam under the filter cap as soon as you finish. Both are completely normal.

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Making Aeropress Latte Recipe

Leave your coffee in the cup and grab the frothed milk. Gently pour the frothed milk into your prepared coffee.

how to make a homemade latte with aeropress

Add as much or as little milk foam to the top of your Aeropress latte as you would like.

milk foam on latte

If you are really good then go ahead and try some latte art. Otherwise, garnish with whole coffee beans.

garnish with coffee beans on latte

Even the fanciest coffee snobs will love this Aeropress technique. Happy brewing and enjoy.

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Check out more delicious coffee recipes made with Aeropress here: Aeropress

Aeropress Latte Recipe Options and Variations

This delicious latte allows you the ability to change things up and make adjustments to your own liking. Here are a few alternative things you can swap out in this homemade latte recipe:

  • Prefer non-dairy milk? Go ahead and try a different type of milk. The whole milk can be swapped out for soy milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or unsweetened almond milk.
  • Feeling Fancy? Go ahead and top your latte with whipped cream, and chocolate shavings, and/or drizzle with chocolate or any coffee syrups.
  • In the mood for a cold coffee drink? To switch it up on hot summer days all you have to do is make the coffee stronger (3 scoops instead of 2) and serve it over iced cubes and boom you have a refreshing iced latte.
Ultimate Easy Aeropress Latte Recipe

Ultimate Easy Aeropress Latte Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

This Aeropress latte recipe allows you to make delicious coffee at home without a fancy espresso machine. A true espresso latte!


  • 2 scoops, or 28g of coffee of choice
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup whole milk
  • water


  1. Grind your coffee beans to a medium fine grind
  2. Scoop 2 aeropress spoonfuls into the Aeroprpess chamber
  3. Add freshly boiled water to the chamber (up to between numbers 2-3)
  4. Heat milk (but do not boil)
  5. Froth the milk
  6. Depress coffee through aeropress chamber into cup/mug
  7. Pour frothed milk over freshly brewed coffee and enjoy

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