Cafe Latte

When it comes to drinking and enjoying a cup of coffee, people can often find it hard to keep up with the sheer variety of options on the market. With everything so varied, it can be hard to know if you are even going to like a specific kind of coffee! 

For many people, the café late is among the most enjoyable drinks in the world. It’s that fine blend of wonderful richness, friendly charm, creative taste and wonderful balance. If you use this, you can enjoy a much more satisfying cup of coffee which is short on the coffee taste but rich in a milky, charming taste.

If you like a cup of coffee but don’t want something that is too overpowering or something that leaves that coffee taste lingering in the mouth for too long after, a café latte can make the perfect place to start. Like any other kind of coffee, though, knowing how much you’ll like it prior to trying one can be tough.

With the cost of having a café latte in a standard coffee shop, uncertainty puts a lot of people off giving it a go. Read through this guide; by the end you should feel much more comfortable about trying a café latte without the fear of being put-off. 

What Is In A Cafe Latte

This is the hardest part to determine; like many other forms of coffee, there is no set standard. A café latte can carry just about anything that you might expect. Typically, though, a café latte will be made in much the same way as a normal cappuccino or any other kind of coffee; a mix of espresso with frothed milk. This rich coffee-based drink often comes with a starting point of using a strong, thick espresso. It has to be strong, but not strong enough to overcome the frothy milk used afterward. This has to always be the prevailing taste.

It’s usually a blend of around 1/3 espresso, 2/3 heated milk and a small helping of foam at the bottom. This usually has some kind of extra added, like a chocolate powder on the top to help create some impressive latte art. We’ll look closer at the art style in a moment, though.

First and foremost, though, it’s important to note that a café latte is very popular for not just the taste, but the sensation. It’s often the type of coffee used to try and get non-coffee fans to change their mind. The lack of prevalence of the espresso taste makes it easy to enjoy without being too extensive or intense.

That’s a very important point to make; a good café latte is very enjoyable for the fact that it helps to contain such a blend of tastes in the one platform without too much issue. What, though, is a café latte?

What Is The Meaning Of Cafe Latte

The actual term café latte is a little easier to be decisive on, thankfully. The term itself, like many coffee terms today, stems from Italy. It’s a term that means milk in Italy; latte literally means milk in Italian dialect. Therefore, in Italy, a café latte is a “coffee and milk” blend; it sounds a lot easier to say café latte than coffee and milk, though, right?

It’s not all just for the preservation of style, though. The name itself is very important because if you were to just order a latte in Italy, you would just get a glass of milk. The term itself being used in the dialect of ‘café latte’ comes from the late 1840s, when William Dean Howells mentions the term in an essay titled Italian Journeys. This impressive read explains that a café latte is a specific form of drink, different from being able to just ask for a latte.

While you could do this in England and get a coffee drink, café latte is the difference between getting a glass of milk or a cup of coffee and milk. So, if you ever go to Italy to try it at ‘home’, remember this important fact! 

What Is Cafe Latte Recipe

Typically, a café latte can be made with just two ingredients:

  • A cup of milk – you can choose how much, depending on how many cups you are making and how big the cups are.
  • You also will need to make up 1/3 cup of espresso for every 2/3 of frothy milk that you will get to enjoy. If you do this, then you can make sure you are left with the right blend.
  • Feel free to use a pod or to make up some dark roast espresso coffee on your own. The choice is yours and yours alone; either way, you can find that this makes it nice and easy for you to get the help that you need.

If you do follow on with the above, you should have all that you need to make a latte. While you are free to add in anything else you like – many people enjoy everything from a touch of pumpkin spice to a little shot of hazelnut or similar – you should always try out the above ‘recipe’ on its own. This makes it easiest for you to find a cappuccino taste that you can enjoy without any issue. 

How Do You Make A Cafe Latte

Really, making a café latte could not be any simpler. If you are intending on using the above recipe, then you can make it in a matter of moments. It depends on if you use a coffee machine or if you do it without the use of one; we recommend that you make all café latte drinks with the help of a good coffee machine. It can make what is usually a rather complex task a little touch easier for you to plan and prepare for as time goes on.

Either way, we recommend that you start by trying the following:

  1. Take your milk and heat it up in a saucepan. We recommend using a low heat, but you might wish to go for a medium heat for a more specific, heated texture.
  2. Now, get a wire whisk and start to whisk the milk so that it begins to foam and froth. Do this for as long as you need, being careful not to cause any spillages as you go.
  3. Now, you can start to make your espresso whether you do so in a machine or any other manner that you enjoy making espresso with. If you do this, then you can make sure you are left with a café latte that is 1/3 espresso and 2/3 the milk.
  4. Start by pouring in the milk, with a spoon used to try and stop the foam from dropping in until the end. 
  5. Add in the espresso next, and gently stir it together. Now, take the milk foam and add that – voila!

How Do You Make Latte Art

One of the best things that you can do, though, is to help make your latte a touch more charming with the help of artwork. Latte art takes a lot of work to get right, but when you do? It can utterly transform the enjoyment and quality of your entire drink!

To follow making the best latte art, we recommend that you try out the following. The real challenge is making sure that there is a good balance in the development of the art itself. This is all about when you pour in the milk to the espresso; it’s how you make the design shine through.

You need to slowly but surely start pouring a little slower, slowly moving around the cup and angle to try and make the right kind of blend as you go. Try and bring your pitcher closer to the surface as you get beyond the half-way point, making sure that you are left with a fine balance between the latte and the art that you are creating.

It’s a hard thing to explain in mere words, so we recommend that you watch this video by Howcast for a better idea on how to carry out the classic heart-shaped design imperiously. 

Cafe Latte Calories

Typically, a medium-sized latte cup could be around 140 calories. It depends, though, entirely on the actual latte itself. If made with some extras it can skyrocket from this 140 level. Typically, though, you can break down a standard average for a café latte by taking a look at it being around 42 calories per 100g. 

The kind of milk used, anything extra added to the cup and various other factors all come to life here that can make a major determination over the kind of café latte caloric intake that you get form each cup.

Be sure to consider everything mentioned in here when buying coffee; it could be the difference between enjoying a cup of coffee, or putting yourself off the café latte for life. All true coffee lovers love the latte, though, so make sure you make it right to get that bright, lasting and loving taste each time! 

Paul Mason

coffee blogger

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