How to Make The Perfect Iced Latte

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Hope you all had a great weekend! Let’s keep the good times rolling with a homemade iced latte!

If I had known making an iced latte at home was this easy I would have been making them at home a loooong time ago. Making my coffee at home save me a big chunk of change too!

I like getting iced and lattes and mochas from Starbucks. Add a $0.60 milk substitute and we are looking at anywhere from $4.25 to $5.95. If I get one every day that’s $127.50 a month!! It pains me to even write that. And that is the cheaper drink estimate. Ouch.

So I am saving myself some serious cash because I learned how to make it at home and here’s how you can too!

First off, you need to get one of these bad boys.

This Aeropress pulls (or should I say pushes?) some of the most amazing espresso shots! No need to get those fancy smancy espresso machines. It looks really intimidating but it is super easy to use. I thought using it would take a long time because I thought it was like a french press. But you can pull a shot faster than you can say “Bob’s your uncle”.

Go ahead and snag yourself one of these. I’ll be sipping on my iced latte until you get back.

What you’ll need to make an iced latte:

The pretty purple Coca-Cola glass were my grandmother’s. She loved purple like I do so her set was given to me after she passed away.

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The makings of a great coffee starts with good coffee beans. You lose a lot of the flavor with you buy coffee grounds. It is best to start with whole coffee beans then grind them daily for the best results.

When you grind your coffee beans for the Aeropress, grind them very fine so that the water pulls a lot of flavor out the coffee.

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Add your sweetener to your glass first then add ice to completely fill the cup.

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Next, grab your Aeropress and place a filter in the black cap that has the holes in it. Screw it onto the bottom of the chamber.

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Fill the chamber with a heaping scoop finely ground coffee beans and the place the chamber on your coffee cup.

When adding the water, you want the temperature to be between 175 and 180. If you have a teapot or kettle this is a little after your water gets to a complete rolling boil. Or you can get an electric kettle that has specific temperature settings to do the hard work for you.

Depending on how strong you want your shot to be will depend on how many scoops of coffee grounds you add to the Aeropress and the amount of water you use. For mine, I added 2 scoop and filled the chamber with hot water to the 1 dot so the shot would be really strong.

Stir the wet grounds with the stir stick so that the grounds are completely wet then add the plunger to the chamber. Push the plunger down gently for about 20 to 60 seconds. You don’t want to press too fast because you want the flavor to be rich and strong. That and you don’t want the Aeropress to slip and you scald yourself with hot water.

After you have pulled your shot just unscrew the bottom and push the coffee grounds out into the garbage can. So much easier to clean than a french press! You can also reuse your coffee grounds and make this body sugar scrub or you can add the coffee grounds to your garden to balance the pH. There are so many uses for coffee grounds!

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Add the shot to your glass. I have heard some people say that pouring the shot over ice will make the coffee watery but I didn’t find this to be the case. There is so much ice in the glass that it cooled off the coffee quick enough so it didn’t melt the ice. Besides, then you wouldn’t get these really pretty milk swirls in your coffee!

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Look at that color!

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There you have it! A beautiful, creamy homemade iced latte. Cheers!

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Like DIY projects and coffee? Be sure to check out this hanging coffee cup holder!

Which are you? The make-your-own-at-home type or the let-someone-else-do-it type?

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DIY Hanging Coffee Cup Sign

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I finally took the plunge and tried my hand at chalk painting with this super chic hanging coffee cup sign.

Let me tell you it was sooooo easy!

I was super intimidated by all of the really pretty furniture I had seen done by others that I thought, “Ain’t no way mama gonna make it look that nice.” Well, I proved my self wrong and have a fantastic finished product to show for it.

I found the style of sign that I wanted at Hobby Lobby (A. K. A. my second home) and also the chalk paint I was going to use. I wasn’t sure if my piece would turn out as nice looking because the chalkpaint is on the cheaper end of the spectrum but it turned out better than I had imagined. I highly recommend the Folkart chalk paint for newbies or for smaller projects because of it price and ease of use. And if you make a mistake, you’re not out that wad of cash you spent on the more expensive kind.

I applied two coats and there is still half a bottle left. I am brainstorming as I write what other projects I could paint with it.

I painted the piece first in “Linen” by Folkart paint (not pictured). I wanted a creamy color peaking through after I distressed the piece. Let that dry and painted a second coat on top of that.

Next came the chalk paint.

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I have never used Annie Sloan chalk paint or any other professional chalk paint so I have nothing to compare it to. This chalk paint is very smooth and dries very quickly! It says it takes a couple of hours to dry between coats but mine dried much faster because I was in a nice toasty room. Applied a second coat to cover up the cream color and waited for it to dry.

Next, I used a really fine grit to sand the edges of the sign. 220 grit, to be exact.

I only sanded the edges to give it depth and dimension. It only took a few strokes to take the chalk paint off to let the cream show through.

Next came the more trickier part.

The words.

I was originally going to free hand the lettering because I have done so many times before buuuut not with paint. So I didn’t trust my hand this time because paint isn’t as forgiving as pencil or actual chalk.

I found this pretty font here and traced it onto the board. I created some guidelines so that the words would be straight. I took off part of the curl on the C because it was too difficult to trace.

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I used a white eraser so as not to leave any pink smudges on my work. I didn’t bother erasing the lines in the letters themselves because I knew the paint would cover them up.

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This part was a little more time-consuming than just slapping the paint on but the sense of accomplishment when you finish is well worth the effort, right? Like when you finish organizing your pantry…oh, just me that feels that way?

Okay, moving on.

I used the same color as the base coat and started painting my letters on it.

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The above picture is the first coat. See, the pencil lines are already covered even with just that one coat.

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And here’s the second coat.

Now comes the part I was most terrified of. The wax coat. I even left the project sitting several days because I didn’t feel up to the task. That, and my children and laundry were calling to be taken care of.

Then I just had to bite the bullet and get on with it.

Again, I haven’t tried the wax from Annie Sloan, or any other wax for that matter, but this seemed to do the trick. For those of you new to chalk painting and such, you need to wax your piece afterwards so all your hard work doesn’t get scratched off. This is what’s called “sealing” your work. If your piece is a going to be in a high traffic area you should seal it with something more heavy-duty like a polycrylic. Otherwise a soft wax should be just fine.

I went with a clear wax because I didn’t want it to have that antique look that a brown wax would give the piece. That, and I didn’t think the brown wax would look good over the grey. This Folkart wax is super runny. Very similar to Mod Podge. You need to allow the wax twenty-four hours to dry before your next coat if you want to do two. When it is dry it feels very smooth. The bottle says you can buff it with a rag and that it can be washed with soap and water, which is good to know because I want to hang this in the kitchen where food could potentially get splattered on it.

Time to add the hardware.

Lay your work on a towel (or an old t-shirt of your husband’s) so your work doesn’t get scratched and draw a long line across the back so your hanging hooks will be lined up. To keep these little babies from moving around while you hammer in the nails just put a little piece of tape across the top of it. Now you’re free to hammer away.

I put two hanging hooks on the back because I wanted it to be extra secure.

This is the hook size I used. The 1 1/4 inch measurement is the length of the hook not including the screw thread. Make sure to bring the cup you will be hanging on your board with you to the hardware store or measure the width of the coffee cup handle because the first hooks I bought were too small and I had to take them back. Your local Ace Hardware store will most likely carry these or you can get them here.

Flip your piece over and add the hooks. I spaced mine about 3 1/2 inches apart. I estimated this spacing by placing the cups in a hanging fashion next to the work to see how far apart I would need to space them so they didn’t knock into each other.

These little hooks hold up to 20 lbs! Do you hear that? That is the sound of my heart beating thinking about how much coffee a cup that big would hold!

Ahem.

Any who! These hooks are fairly easy to screw in. Just apply a small amount of pressure and twist at the same time and the hook should screw in smoothly.

And now, the piece de resistance…

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Aren’t these little espresso cups adorable? These cups are from Starbucks but I don’t think they make this kind anymore. There are very similar ones here. My son loves drinking hot chocolate out of these and pretends that he is drinking coffee like mommy and daddy. The cups only hold 3 ounces so I don’t feel bad about giving him that little of hot chocolate.

Well, there you have it folks!

What chalk paint projects have you been dying to try but have been too intimidated to start? I would love to hear from you!