What is a Guayaba Latte and How Do You Make It?

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Dive into the refreshing world of Guayaba Lattes, a unique blend where the deep flavor of coffee meets the sweet and tropical taste of guayaba. This post is your guide to understanding and enjoying Guayaba Lattes, offering a new perspective on your coffee routine, perfect for those who love trying new flavors in their beverages.

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What is a Guayaba Latte?

A Guayaba Latte is crafted from a rich blend of espresso, frothy steamed milk, and the sweet essence of guava syrup or puree, offering a delightful coffee experience with a fruity twist. The guava, celebrated for its sweet and subtly tart flavor profile, introduces a tropical flair to the classic latte.

In case you were wondering, “guayaba” and “guava” actually refer to the same fruit, famous for its sweet flavor and coming from the guava tree, scientifically known as Psidium guajava. The word “guava” is the go-to term in English, but “guayaba” is what it’s called in Spanish, and this name is also used in Portuguese and Filipino.

This difference in names just shows how widely loved and used this fruit is around the world, finding its way into all sorts of dishes, including creative coffee beverages like the Guayaba Latte.


The origin of the guayaba latte is uncertain. It might have originated in Cuba, reflecting the country’s use of guava and coffee, or possibly in Miami, influenced by its Cuban community. Another theory suggests it evolved independently in coffee shops around the world through experimental flavor combinations.

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Despite the lack of definitive historical records, the guayaba latte has become popular, particularly in areas with Latin American culinary ties, known for its distinctive blend of sweet guava and rich espresso. The exact birthplace of the guayaba latte remains unknown, but its appeal among coffee lovers is undeniable.

What to expect

A Guayaba Latte has sweet, slightly floral notes of guayaba puree that blend surprisingly well with the boldness of espresso. I found it to be a drink that’s both refreshing and comforting. Beyond taste, guayaba is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which is a plus!

Crafting Your Perfect Guayaba Latte at Home

Here’s how to bring this tropical delight into your own kitchen:

  • Brew a rich shot of espresso.
  • Steam your favorite milk to creamy perfection.
  • Blend with guayaba syrup or guava puree for that tropical flair (about 2 tablespoons).
  • Optionally, crown it with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Note: Unfortunately, there’s no single “perfect” answer to how much guava puree you should add to a 12 oz guayaba latte, so I went with 2 tablespoons. The answer actually depends on several factors:

1. Desired Sweetness: Do you prefer your lattes sweeter or more tart? Fresh guava can vary in sweetness depending on the variety and ripeness. Start with less puree (around 1-2 tablespoons) and adjust to your taste. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out!

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2. Guava Puree Concentration: Is your guava puree thick and concentrated (like guava paste) or thinner and looser (like fresh blended guava)? Concentrated puree will require less quantity (around 1-2 tablespoons) compared to thinner puree (which might need 2-3 tablespoons).

How to Make the Guava Puree

Don’t fancy the idea of buying premade guava puree? Me neither. We’re in luck though, because making guava puree is super easy. Here are two main methods:

Method 1: Raw Puree (Simple and Quick)


  • Ripe guavas (amount depends on how much puree you need)
  • Water (optional)
  • Honey or sugar (optional, to taste)
  • Lime juice (optional, for a touch of tang)


  1. Wash and trim the guavas: Discard any brown spots or blemishes.
  2. Cut the guavas into quarters or halves: Leaving the skin on is fine.
  3. Blend the guavas: Use a blender or food processor until almost smooth. Optional: Add a little water if the mixture is too thick.
  4. Strain the puree (optional): This removes any remaining seeds or skin. Use a fine-mesh strainer and press the puree through with the back of a spoon.
  5. Season to taste (optional): Add honey, sugar, or lime juice for extra sweetness or tang.

Method 2: Cooked Puree (Slightly richer flavor)


  • Ripe guavas (amount depends on how much puree you need)
  • Water (just enough to cover the guavas)
  • Honey or sugar (optional, to taste)
  • Lime juice (optional, for a touch of tang)


  1. Prepare the guavas: Wash and trim them as in method 1.
  2. Simmer the guavas: Place them in a saucepan with water and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the guavas are very soft.
  3. Puree the guavas: Transfer them to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Strain the puree (optional): Same as in method 1.
  5. Season to taste (optional): Add honey, sugar, or lime juice as desired.


  • Use ripe guavas for the best flavor and texture. Ripe guavas will yield more puree and have a deeper color.
  • Don’t over-blend the puree, especially if you want to keep some texture.
  • If you don’t have a fine-mesh strainer, you can use a cheesecloth instead.
  • Store leftover puree in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze it for longer storage.

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Drinking a 12 oz Guayaba Latte is more than just enjoying a yummy drink; it’s a tasty way to boost your health, thanks to the guava in it. Here’s how guava does its magic:

  • Packed with Vitamin C: Guava has a ton of vitamin C, way more than an orange, helping to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.
  • Full of Fiber: It’s got lots of fiber, which is great for your tummy and might help you feel full, a plus if you’re watching your weight.
  • Extra Nutrients: Guava throws in a little extra goodness with vitamins A and K, potassium, and antioxidants that help protect your body.

The health perks can change a bit based on how much guava is used and the type of milk in your latte. But, guava in your latte means you’re not just getting a delicious drink; you’re also adding a nutritional boost to your day.

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Guava’s benefits don’t stop there; it’s also known for:

  • Lowering blood sugar levels
  • Boosting heart health
  • Easing menstrual pain
  • Supporting your digestive system
  • Helping with weight loss
  • Offering anti-cancer properties
  • Strengthening your immune system
  • Being great for your skin


Can I make a Guayaba Latte without an espresso machine?

Absolutely! Strongly brewed coffee can work as a substitute for espresso, offering a similar depth of flavor. Use a Moka Pot, aka Stovetop Espresso Maker, and you’ll be set. I like this Moka Pot by Bialetti.

Where do I buy Guava Puree or Syrup?

Both guava puree and guava syrup are available on Amazon. If you’d like to go a more natural route, make your own guava puree by blending fresh guava fruit.

Is it available at cafes in America?

While still a novel item, the Guayaba Latte is making its way into more coffee shops, each adding its own twist. Some cafes might accentuate the guayaba’s tartness, while others might lean into a sweeter, smoother rendition. If you’re lucky enough to find it on a menu, it’s a must-try.


The Guayaba Latte is more than just a novel coffee drink; it’s a celebration of flavor, innovation, and cultural fusion. Whether you’re making it at home or savoring it at your local cafe, it’s a delightful way to bring a taste of the tropics to your coffee routine. So why not give it a try? Your new favorite latte might just be a sip away.

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With over two decades in the coffee industry, Kelsey is a seasoned professional barista with roots in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Accredited by The Coffee Association of America and a member of The Baristas Guild, he combines practical expertise with a profound understanding of coffee's history and cultural significance. Kelsey tries his best to balance family time with blogging time and fails miserably.

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