#3 – Caffé Latte
Latte is the Italian word for milk, and caffé means (you guessed it) coffee. Together, the term caffé latte covers a broad range of espresso-based drink types with milk (usually steamed milk) added in.
You’ve likely heard the signature twists on the common latte, from mocha, to caramel, to the divisively-spiced squash variety that returns every Autumn (a la pumpkin spice). With a mountain of different syrups, sugars, and spices to mix up your milky java, the variations are endless. This drink can also be enjoyed hot or iced.
That said, a standard espresso-based caffé latte consists of:
● Freshly-brewed espresso shot
● Steamed milk
In order to make our basic caffé latte with microfoam milk, we must:
● Brew – Extract a double-shot of espresso in a large, preheated mug.
● Steam– Carefully texture your milk until it has aerated to your desired amount of microfoam. Use a powerful steam wand that gets your milk to about 150Ffor the best results.
● Pour – In a steady stream, pour your steamed milk into your espresso. Art (Optional) – Once your espresso is ready, latte art can be added using the steamed milk. Highly-skilled baristas employ special pouring techniques and milk foam-shaping tools to create their milky masterpieces.
If you want to mix up your caffé latte, a shot of mint or vanilla syrup will take the flavor to a new dimension. Additionally, if you abstain from traditional milk, oat and almond milk are great, lactose-free alternatives to dairy.
Go wild with your caffé latte, the flavor possibilities are only bound by your own creativity. Speaking of, when it comes to uniqueness among different espresso drinks, this next one might just take the cake (not to mention, it kind of tastes like one).