How to Craft the Perfect Latte with an AeroPress At Home (Barista's Guide)

Joshua Allerton
February 21, 2024

Welcome fellow coffee enthusiasts! Today, we're delving into the world of home brewing, specifically focusing on the magic of AeroPress lattes. This cherished device has revolutionised the way we craft our coffee, offering a wide range of taste experiences right from our kitchen counters.

The AeroPress's effectiveness lies in the grind size of your coffee beans, a crucial element in achieving that rich, latte taste we all crave. Remember, consistency is key, and a quality burr grinder can be your best friend in this process.

Here's what to expect


To whip up a delightful Midnight AeroPress Latte with that dark and stormy look, gather the following ingredients:

  1. Coffee: 20 grams of coffee, preferably ground for espresso. Remember we are making an espresso-style coffee with the AeroPress, so a very fine grind is crucial.
  2. Water: The amount would depend on your brew preference. For the ideal espresso-style coffee, we would need 90ml of water for brewing.
  3. Activated Charcoal: You only need a pinch of this. It's what gives our AeroPress Latte its unique midnight appearance.
  4. Vanilla Syrup: Use for sweetening to taste. Feel free to substitute with other syrups or sweeteners or omit altogether if you prefer your latte less sweet.
  5. Sea Salt: Just a pinch. Surprise! It's not for saltiness but to give our latte a complex flavour profile.
  6. Milk: Your choice here. I'm using whole milk for a rich, creamy finish. You can use any milk you prefer.

For the finishing touch:

  • Heavy Cream and Vanilla Syrup: I create a homemade sweet cream to top off the drink. This needs heavy cream and a sweetener of your choice. I recommend using the vanilla syrup for consistency of taste.

As for our key apparatus, we can't forget our AeroPress coffee maker and the famous Prismo filter. This filter replaces the ordinary cap and filter and gets attached easily to the AeroPress. The secret to the Prismo filter's ability to extract all the aromatic coffee oil lies in its fine, 150-micron etched design.


The aroma of a freshly brewed cup of coffee is guaranteed to brighten up any morning. If you're a coffee enthusiast interested in making latte with AeroPress, then this is the place for you! Let's get started.

With our ingredients assembled, let's jump into the AeroPress latte making process:

  1. Start by grinding your coffee to a very fine consistency, ideally suited for espresso. An AeroPress works best with finely ground coffee. While 20 grams or approximately 1 scoop is the usual recommendation, if you prefer a more robust flavour, don't hesitate to add more coffee.
  2. Once your coffee is ready, place it in your AeroPress. Remember, fine grounds and fully immersive brewing are key to a full-bodied AeroPress brew.
  3. Heat your water and pour it over the coffee, stirring gently. Leave it to steep for a precise 1 minute.
  4. After a minute, give your coffee another gentle stir before pressing the plunger down to start brewing. Use slow, steady pressure and stop as soon as you hear a hissing sound.
  5. At this point, slowly stir in a small amount of activated charcoal. I know, charcoal can sound like an odd ingredient, but this will give your coffee that unique, dark appearance (and don't worry, it won't affect your coffee's taste!).
  6. Next, transfer your freshly brewed coffee into a mug and add your sweetener. I'm using vanilla syrup for its smooth, sweet flavour. By now, the result should be a powerful, velvety coffee highlighted by subtle sweetness.
  7. Gently heat your milk of choice. The choice of milk can add different dimensions to your AeroPress latte. Whole milk or oat milk are great for a creamy texture.
  8. Pour the milk into your mug, coupling it with the coffee, ensuring the mixture blends nicely.
  9. Finally, top it off with a dollop of heavy cream whisked with a little bit more of your vanilla syrup. A fabulous ending indeed!

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