What is a Latte

What is a Latte
Caffe latte or latte (LAH TAY) is a delicious, caffeinated drink that originated in Italy. It is derived from the Italian word which means coffee and milk since it is a combination of espresso and steamed milk.

People have all types of versions of latte drinks, from those made with just steamed milk and espresso to different hot cocoa drinks. These drinks include instant espresso, hot chocolate cappuccino, macchiato, mocha, and other delicious foam drinks.

Why Fall in Love With the Latte?

Latte

It is very easy to fall in love with the latte. Many people include latte in their daily diet. There are many reasons to think of why falling in love with the latte is not as hard as loving your partner.

Lattes are the milkiest. If you love both coffee and milk, a cup of latte is best for you. Latte is the milkiest of all the coffee drinks. You can add your preferred amount of milk to dilute the caffeine content of the coffee. Being a beginner who wants to try espresso without worrying about its strong and robust taste and aroma, the latte is the most suitable drink for you.

Lattes are perfect with add-ons. If you want to customize your latte, you can easily add flavorings like mocha, caramel, or any syrup of your choice. Add ons like almonds, oats, or soy are also perfect additions to your latte. Perfect supplement for latte includes matcha and masala chai.

Latte Art: Creating a Tasty Coffee Collage?

Coffee art is prevalent in most espresso drinks. The term latte art comes from lattes since the milk texture and its serving size make it the most relaxing drink to be manipulated to do latte art.

Making latte art is doable by merely pouring the espresso into the cup and then adding the steamed milk. There are many designs you can create with steamed milk and espresso. You can choose from classic designs like heart, tulip, and Rosetta. If designing your latte is a bit hard, you can go to the nearest coffee shop and order cups of lattes with different designs. You can take pictures of them and make an instragramable collage of latte art.

The History of the Latte

What is a Latte

Going back to the 17th century, the Europeans were already combining coffee and milk in their everyday drink. This drink came to be known as "caffe e latte" after William Dean Howells named it in his essay entitled "Italian Journey." Though it is Italian in origin, the term "latte" was first coined and widely used by Americans.

Since then, latte became even more popular, especially when coffee makers introduced innovations like latte art in the 1980s. The milky texture and the art created on top of the drink became popular. It is very evident with the fast emergence of coffee shops like Starbucks and Bo's Coffee in the different parts of the world.

Drink Comparisons

Cafe Au Lait

Translated to "coffee with milk," café au lait is a French coffee drink. The significant difference between the two is the kind of coffee being used. The French drink uses drip coffee instead of espresso. Drip coffee has a lesser amount of caffeine since it uses more water compared to espresso.

In usual serving, café au lait is made up of 1/2 drip coffee and 1/2 steamed milk. On the other hand, a latte is usually served with 1/3 espresso and 2/3 milk. Both coffee drinks have no rules in setting the ratio of coffee and milk per serving.

Anyone can make café au lait at home. If you want to try, you can brew your coffee beans using your coffee machine. Next is to froth your milk. The final thing to do is combine the two, pour the brewed coffee into a cup, and add your frothed milk. You can now have a French-style day with a cup of café au lait.

Latte Macchiato

Latte Macchiato or Espresso Macchiato (MAKI-AH-TOE) is the combination of both latte and macchiato. The term is Italian in origin, meaning "stained" or "spotted." This term was coined because of the espresso spots that formed after the espresso is added into the milk. This spot is called a "macchia."

The main difference between latte macchiato and latte is the sequence in combining espresso and milk. If latte has an espresso-then-milk sequence, latte macchiato has a reversed process. The milk is to be poured first into a cup, then the espresso.

If you want to try a latte macchiato at home, you can start grinding the coffee beans and extract two shots of espresso, and steaming the milk. The last thing you need to do is pour an ounce or two tablespoons of milk into the cup containing the two espresso shots. You can now enjoy your day with a cup of latte macchiato.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino (CAP-PU-CHEEN-O) is a classic Italian drink of espresso and milk. It is made up of 3 parts: the espresso, the steamed milk, and the foam.

Cappuccino and latte both have the same amount of espresso shots but still have many differences. They differ in the amount and proportion of the ingredients and the potency of their taste and aroma. Compared to the latte, the cappuccino has a lesser amount of steamed milk but has a milkier and fluffier foam.

The balance of caffeine and milk makes many coffee lovers love it. It has milkier foam compared to a latte. It also has a lesser amount of steamed milk, making it more caffeinated. If you want to experience cappuccino, you start extracting 1-2 shots of espresso and pour it into a cup. Create a milky and fluffy foam by frothing 4 ounces of milk. Afterward, add the milk into the espresso. You can now enjoy your day with a cup of cappuccino.

How to Make a Latte

How to Make a Latte

Loving the latte is synonymous with learning how to make a cup of it. Below is the list of ingredients, and the step-by-step process on how to make a latte.

Ingredients:

  • 7-9 oz of your preferred milk
  • 16.5 grams of ground espresso coffee beans
  • 10-12 oz latte cup

Instructions:

  • Prepare the Espresso. Grind 16.5 grams of coffee beans to extract two espresso shots. Pour it into a cup.
  • Steam the Milk. Froth 7-9 oz of milk. The existence of tiny bubbles and the smooth velvety look of the milk signify that it is ready.
  • Pour the Milk. Pour the milk about 3-4 inches above the cup and slowly get closer as you fill the cup. Microfoam is expected to form on top of the espresso as you pour the milk closer to the cup.

With this step-by-step process, you can surely make a cup of latte for yourself in the comfort of your home.

Think Normal Lattes Are Lame?

Like any other espresso drink, a latte always has something for you. If you have the preferred amount of ingredients and potency for your latte, you will surely not be disappointed. Latte can adapt to your preference and make you enjoy your coffee break.

Summary

Latte is one of the most popular espresso drinks. Trying a cup of it is now within your reach. You do not need to go to famous coffee shops. Instead, you can make your latte at home at your most convenient time. You can customize your preparation by setting the volume of ingredients and adding more flavors. You can play with it using latte art. So, enjoy your latte and make more cups of it for your friends and loved ones.

FAQs

Is a latte stronger than coffee?


Latte is not stronger than coffee. It does not even have the same level of taste and aroma potency. The main difference between latte and coffee is the presence of milk. The presence of milk in the latte makes its caffeine diluted, and the absence of milk in coffee makes it more robust.


What is a latte vs coffee?


Latte is milkier and has lesser caffeine compared to coffee. Coffee contains no milk and has a higher level of caffeine.

 
What makes a latte a latte?


Milk makes latte a latte. Latte is just coffee or espresso in the absence of milk. The word "latte" is an Italian word that means milk.

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