Easy Vanilla Latte Recipe Using a Pour Over
I'm a lover of all things coffee! I can drink coffee all day (and all night if I didn't need sleep, haha). If you ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you that 90% of the time I have coffee in my hands. Lately I have been making coffee videos for my stories on Instagram and it's been so fun to do and it's actually a relaxing thing for me to make! For my birthday Jonathan bought me a milk frother/steamer and I started to hunt for the perfect vanilla latte recipe because that is my number one Starbucks drink order. I have finally perfected it and wanted to share this recipe with you all (I've adapted this recipe by Christine from Jar of Lemons)! I use espresso coffee grounds to make this recipe and I think it tastes delicious! I find that the espresso coffee keeps it's strong flavor once you add milk to it!
Also, I'm using a pour over in this recipe, but 8 oz of strongly brewed coffee will work just as fine. I've even used it with a regular pot of brewed coffee and find that it tastes good, too. The coffee will taste a little weaker with a regular brew, just be advised. If you choose to make your coffee via a different vessel than a pour over, just skip to step number 5!
- 2 Tbsp of espresso coffee (rounded)
- a kettle full of boiling water
- 4 oz of milk (I use whole milk, but I think any milk of your choice will work just fine)
- 1 Tbsp of sugar
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1. Start boiling your water. While your water is coming to a boil place a coffee filter in your pour over. Then place you pour over on a scale and put your mug under the spout. I use a scale to measure out 8 oz. of water while I am pouring, but alternatively you can pre-measure your boiling water if you don't have a scale. I would ad an ounce or so for the next step if you chose to pre-measure.
2. Once you water is boiling, pour a small amount of water into your cone without any coffee grounds in it. This will essentially help prime you filter and make it stick to the glass so it doesn't slip around. Pour out the collected water in you mug and place it back under your pour over. Turn on the scale, set it to fluid ounces, and zero it.
3. Pour your coffee grounds into the pour over cone and pour enough water to cover the grounds and let them bloom for about 30 seconds. Doing this step helps opens up the coffee grounds to become richer flavor.
4. After your 30 seconds are up, begin pouring your water into your pour over. I usually do this in three increments. I'll saturate my grounds and then let it completely drain before I go at it again. I do this while keeping an eye on my scale. Doing it in increments helps build up flavor instead of dumping all of the water in at once. It will result in weak coffee if you just continuously pour water in without breaking it up. Continue this step until your scale as reached 8 oz or if you pre-measured, until your water is gone.
5. Remove your mug of coffee from the pour over and add in your sugar and vanilla extract and stir until well combined.
6. Now pour your milk into your frother or you can even heat up your milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds and use a frothing whisk. On my frother I use a setting that basically makes mine half foamed and half steamed. I find that is the perfect amount for my taste. Once it is frothed and steamed, use a spoon to hold back the froth and pour the milk into your mug. Quickly stir your coffee until it is combined with the milk and then add the foam on top!
7. Look lovingly at your work of art and enjoy your delicious vanilla latte!
I hope you all have enjoyed this easy vanilla latte recipe! If you make this recipe please let me know in the comments below - I would love to hear your thoughts!