A latté, or caffe latté, is a coffee drink which combines espresso with steamed milk as well as a thin layer of foam. Lattés utilise a ratio of at least 1 shot of espresso to 2 ounces of steamed milk. This means that lattés are milkier than cappuccinos, and as it has more steamed than foamed milk, the milk sinks into the espresso in a latté, while cappuccinos have three distinct layers.
In countries other than Italy, it is common to add flavoured syrups or powders when making lattés, including flavours such as vanilla, hazelnut, and caramel. Of all the coffee choices, making specialty drinks such as lattés and cappuccinos could seem a bit daunting, particularly if you don’t have a specialised latté machine which brews the espresso for you and has a in-built milk frother — two of the key components that require technique.
We’ve absolutely learned a thing or two about brewing coffee and frothing so we’re breaking down how to make a latté the right way so that you can enjoy one at home.
- Coffee: Espresso or quite strongly brewed coffee is essential for a flavourful latté. Decaffeinated works just the same.
- Milk: Any variety you like. Skim milk, whole milk, reduced-fat. Or for a Dairy-Free/Vegan Latté utilise non-dairy milk such as almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk. You can even utilise a flavoured creamer for a rich, sweet, flavoured latté.
You just need one simple kitchen tool to make a perfectly frothy latté – a small kitchen whisk which fits inside your coffee mug.
Here’s how to make the perfectly frothy latté at home while enjoying online gambling in Canada:
- Brew the coffee or espresso of your choosing.
- While the coffee is busy brewing, heat the milk of your choosing for between 30 and 45 seconds in a microwave-friendly coffee mug.
- When the milk is heated, take a small whisk and then vigorously whisk back and forth for between 15 and 30 seconds until the milk is frothy.
- Pour out the coffee into a mug. SLOWLY, pour the frothed milk on top of the coffee.
- The foam will rise up to the top of the mug, giving you a pretty close replication of a traditional latte.
- Coffee being poured into a mug with frothed milk
- Otherwise, you can heat the milk in a glass measuring cup and then froth it. Pour out the coffee or espresso into a mug and then slowly pour the frothed milk over the coffee. Ladle the remaining foam on top of your latte.
In terms of calorie content, for a small latté it’s 200 calories and for large one it’s 341 calories. A small latté has 10.6 g of fat and a large latté has 17.9 g of fat.
Unfortunately a latté is surprisingly unhealthy. A large latté contains almost one third of the daily recommended fat intake for women. Add in a vanilla shot and you add 380 calories and 14.5g of fat in each large cup. This is equal to 10 rashers of bacon. To make it healthier stick to skimmed milk and the calories in your large latté drop to 160.