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Cafe Latte

Tommy was visiting a coffee shop to try to get some extra work done.  He had three essays due and he was wondering whether college was the right thing for him.  He always did suffer from moments of doubt when things weren’t going away, but Tommy decided to soldier on.  All he needed was one good night of heavy academic work and to do that he would need some coffee.  That’s why Tommy found himself at this sophisticated coffee store surrounded by confident coffee lovers.  Not really a big coffee fan, Tommy decided to order the drink that the person ahead of him had.  Little did Tommy know that the two words he would utter would absolutely change his life around – caffe latte!

One sip of this delightful drink and Tommy was in love.  Feeling a new wave of happiness and confidence, not only did Tommy finish off a cup of caffe latte, but he also finished off all of his essays.  Spurred by his love of this new drink, Tommy went on to finish school and became an accomplished historian.  Just think, before he had a caffe latte, Tommy wasn’t sure what he was doing in life.  However, with the rejuvenating taste of a caffe latte, Tommy has made something out of himself.

While there was more than just a coffee based drink to Tommy’s success, you have to admit that the caffe latte is a great drink that makes people do great things.  For those of you who haven’t experience the refreshing taste of a caffe latte, then what are you waiting for!  Originating from Italy, the caffe latte is one of many specialty drinks that have taken America by storm.  Using espresso as its base, the caffe latte is up there with the cappuccino, mocha, and café au lait as the kings of coffee based drinks for coffee lovers. 

With its seductively sweet taste, the caffe latte can be translated as literally, coffee with milk.  While it is quiet similar to the café au lait, there is one important distinction between these two fine drinks.  The café au lait is also a simple drink that combines coffee with milk, except the coffee it uses is brewed coffee.  This means that the coffee used in the café au lait is generally brewed by using a French Press.  For this reason, many coffer lovers prefer the caffe latte beverage, as it utilizes an espresso shot.  An espresso or expresso shot refers to a coffee that is brewed by forcing hot water through finely ground coffee beans, preserving more of its flavor.  As a result, the caffe latte generally has more kick than the café au lait.

To make a great cup of caffe latte, all that you have to do is follow these easy steps: 

  1. With 1 to 1 ½ ounces of gourmet coffee beans, make an espresso shot.  If you don’t know how to make an espresso, check out the article Espresso.
  2. Steam 10 ounces of milk.
  3. Steam another 2 ounces of milk separately.  This will be used to create foam, so make sure the milk completely foams.
  4. Pour the hot milk made in step two into a glass until the glass is ¾ full.
  5. Spoon small amounts of foam made in step three onto the top of the glass.
  6. Pour the espresso made in step one into the top of the glass and middle of the foam.
  7. Spoon just a little bit more foam on top.  Ways you can add some flavor to this drink is to add some ground chocolate, cinnamon, or nutmeg to the drink here.
  8. Enjoy your delicious cup of caffe latte.