Cafe au Lait – What is it and how does it relate to a latte?

coffee, latte, mocha, espresso… you know what all these are, but what is a latte? isn’t that just a different way of saying latte? No! we’ll explain.

cafe au lait, coffee and milk

Reading: Cafe au lait vs latte

what *is* latte?

café con leche is coffee with milk. literally. that is the translation of coffee with milk. is a French term and a French drink. in that sense, lattes are similar to lattes. it differs in that a latte is an Italian drink made with espresso, while a cafe au lait is a French drink made with coffee.

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Nowadays, many European countries have their own version of coffee and milk. in spain it is called coffee with milk in poland they have kawa biala or coffee with milk. germany has milchkaffee or coffee with milk. and depending on the type of coffee, how it is prepared, the milk, its quantity, and how it is prepared, they can determine even more descriptive names like cappuccino, meia de leite, and more. In Switzerland, French-speaking areas have a popular version that starts with milk and adds espresso. it is appropriately called renverse coffee or reverse coffee.

Here in the US, lattes are typically strong coffee that has been brewed with a French press or brewed with a drip coffee machine (instead of an espresso). then it is combined with steamed milk. it is usually served in a regular coffee cup rather than the bowl a latte is normally served in. however, you may see lattes served in colorful ribbed mugs in traditional French restaurants or cafes in contrast to the smooth, rounded white mugs. you see coffee with milk being served. When you visit New Orleans, your latte will likely have chicory in it and be made with scalded rather than steamed milk. the difference between them is that scalded milk is heated in a pan just before boiling, while steamed milk is heated with a steam wand.

make a coffee with milk at home

You can easily make your own latte at home. It’s up to you if you choose to be a “purist” and use a French press to make your coffee, as you can make it just as easily with your drip coffee maker. the coffee you use should be a dark roast with a strong flavor. our black sumatra satin and our after dinner mix are two of the best options.

then use a steam wand to steam the milk. if you don’t have a steam wand, that’s fine! In the United States, it is customary to prepare a latte with scalded milk. heat milk in small saucepan until just before boiling. or, if you prefer to use your microwave to heat your milk, that’s fine too. the best milk to use is whole milk with 2% second. if you are vegan or lactose intolerant, soy milk is your best option.

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When combining coffee and milk, you’ll want equal parts of both. if you wish, you can add foam to your drink, but that is not the tradition. but it’s your drink and you make it however you want.

As for sweetening your latte, you can sweeten it to taste after adding the milk to the coffee. sugar is fine, but vanilla sugar is better. you can buy vanilla sugar, make your own, or just add a drop or two of vanilla extract to your cup.

To make your own vanilla sugar, add two cups of sugar to a large bowl. take two vanilla pods and cut them lengthwise. scrape the seeds into the sugar. Mix the sugar and vanilla pods well, either by hand or with a hand mixer. Add the vanilla bean-sugar mixture to an airtight container, add the pods, and place in a cool, dry place for about 2 weeks.

enjoy your latte!

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