Coffee shops’ menu will not be complete without Cafè Latte, we bet, most of the coffee lover’s already knew. However, few are still struggling to distinguish which coffee is which. Don’t be ashamed, we have been through that stage. It’s not your fault that you just want to drink coffee, but it’s harmless if you also want to know what’s behind your coffee, especially your favorite latte.
The Birth of Cafè Latte
You probably might already notice that the word ‘latte’ came from Italy, which means ‘milk.' Well yes, but you’ll confuse the Italians if you will order ‘latte’ in their coffee shops and will serve you milk instead. It is said that this kind of coffee and milk combination has existed in Europe, but was invented in America. Wherever it came from, we thank them for inventing such creation.
The term ‘caffè latte’ was first used in English in the year 1847 as ‘Caffe latto’. Then in 1867, William Dean Howells used the phrase in his “Italian Journey’s” essay. Obviously, the word ‘latte’ is adapted from the Italian term ‘caffè e latte', which means coffee and milk. Then, as time passed by, and people constantly adapted it when referring to the coffee drink with milk on it.
What is Latte?
Now that going back to history is done, let’s indulge in the real thing here. Caffè Latte is an espresso-based coffee combined with steamed milk. As you know, espresso has a robust and strong coffee taste that is concentrated. A latte is usually made of one shot of espresso and topped with a foamy layer of steamed milk of about 12 mm.
Latte is served in a bigger cup than espresso. You might confuse latte with a cappuccino, but just remember that cappuccino is equally made of espresso, milk and foamed milk. There is also an Australian coffee, which looks like the Cafè Latte called the flat white that is usually served in small ceramic cups.
If you are still confused, its time to read more about other types of coffee that we will be sharing in our next article. Keep tuning in to be updated with these confusing yet interesting types of coffee drinks.
What’s Special About Latte?
Well, besides its creamy and foamy coffee taste, it can also be transformed into other flavors such as vanilla, caramel, mocha, and many more. If you get tired of drinking coffee, which rarely happens, you can have your tea latte.
Another interesting fact about latte is being loved by many because it is integrated with art. Most of the baristas loved showing their creativity by making a cup of latte. The latte art is formed through pouring the steamed milk slowly to create figured such as flowers, leaves, or even a person’s face.