24 June 2019

A latte is a drink made with espresso and steamed milk. Compared to a cappuccino, the steamed milk is much creamier and milkier than that found in a cappuccino, which has dry, foamy, aerated milk.

Its traditional name is “caffè latte,” which means “milk coffee” in Italian, but in the US we just call it a “latte.” It’s called a “grand crème” in French, “milchkaffee” in German, and “wiener melange” in Austrian. I call it “delicious,” particularly when it’s poured over ice.

As you know, this is the quintessential drink that can be customized to your taste, with an endless possibility of flavor combinations. The most classic and well known is the chocolate version, aka the Mocha, but any flavor can be added to make it your own. Or if you’re so inclined, no flavor is always a great option too.


The Latte

Course Drinks


  • 2 oz espresso
  • 10 oz steamed milk


  • Pull a double shot of espresso (2 oz, or 60 mL). At the same time, steam 10 ounces of milk with very light foam. In a cup, pour the 10 ounces of steamed milk over the double shot of espresso. Try your hand at some latte art. Enjoy!

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