If you are anything like me, you go crazy about coffee! I think coffee has become indeed a new hot trend and what is even better is the fact there are a bunch of studies out there telling us that coffee may help prevent some disease such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s and even help prevent certain cancers. That is just awesome! And if you are already drinking coffee, here is a study where they have shown that increasing your coffee consumption may help even more! Check out it out - Increased coffee consumption may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. There are so many studies out there but here is one study that intrigued me: Effects of Coffee Bean Aroma on the Rat Brain Stressed by Sleep Deprivation found that just the smell of coffee helped reduce stress that was associated with loss of sleep. I thought it was just tired ole’ me that gets super happy when I walk into a Starbuck but now there is real research to back up my belief that coffee can instantly make people happy just by the smell! Cool, right?!
So let’s begin . . . my husband and I were in search of making our coffee better each morning so he did some research and found an AeroPress. If you don’t know what an AeroPress is – similar to a French press but in single servings more or less . . . For less than $30 this little utensil makes the best espresso that we use to make our lattes and coffee at least two times a day. I am sure it has saved us hundreds of dollars in order to fulfill our coffee fix.
I enjoy a latte at super-duper early o’clock and I get out my little basket of Aeropress items and start the morning making my favorite drink, non-fat plain latte. Simple, indeed as I have finally kicked the sugar in my coffee, woohoo! I found that buying really good coffee grounds helps me enjoy coffee without the cup of caramel creamer, ha! This all may look like a lot of work but it is totally worth it, really!
I start off with measuring one cup of skim milk. Sometimes I treat myself and buy 1% or 2% and it is even heavenlier – if that is even a word. The little extra milk fat makes the latte even creamier, ahhh! I put one cup in the microwave for one minute.
We also bought this Milk Frother from Amazon and it sure does the trick by adding more air to the milk like in a high-grade frother. I should probably put a disclaimer out there that I am by no means a barista or expertise in the coffee area, but I have finally found a way to make exceptional lattes at home and wanted to share!
The AeroPress it is really a simple kitchen utensil to use. There is a paper filter that you insert on the bottom, screw in and place over your coffee cup. Next add some delicious coffee grounds. If you watch videos on how to use an aero press, they usually use “funnel” for the bottom but I find it easier to place on top so I do not spill any coffee grounds because that would obviously be a sin to waste coffee grounds.
Pour hot water (they recommend a 175 degree F is optimal, I usually just nuke in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds) into the AeroPress. Notice there are numbers and that correlates with the number of scoops of coffee grounds you added. A normal cup would include two scoops, therefore you would add water till you reached the number two on the cylinder.
I of course, add three scoops of coffee grounds for a large coffee cup.
Stir the water with paddle for about 10 seconds.
Insert the plunger and gently push down slowly, lasting about 20 to 30 seconds. I like to let is sit for a bit to get all the good coffee juices.
Pure heaven, breathe in . . .ahhh . . .breathe out . . . is your stress gone?
Now add the frothed, hot milk . . . mmmmm . . . I like to put it back in the microwave for about 30 to 40 seconds in order to get the perfect temperature which seems to make it taste better to me, eh, I don’t know?
For the last couple of months I have finally put all items in a nice little basket and this makes for much quicker clean-up and tidiness in my cupboard, love!
There you have it folks, a simple and wonderful homemade latte that tastes just like how the pros make it . . . you will thank me, wink! You may add a tablespoon of flavored creamer if you like and when I used to do this I found that I had to measure it out every time because if I just poured creamer in my cup I would ruin the entire latte. Just a little is all that is needed. And maybe on a special occasion I still will use Coffee Mate Natural Bliss creamers which are simply delicious.
I heart coffee! Enjoy!