What is a Latte?
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The iconic latte is one of those classic types of coffee that’s loved in coffee shops all over the world. The subtle coffee taste and creamy flavouring makes it a coffee that’s universally cherished by even the most casual of caffeine indulgers. With that being said, many don’t actually know what a latte is, the drink’s origin or the difference between a latte and a cappuccino. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about this well-loved drink.
What is a latte?
A latte, also known as a caffè latte, is a milky coffee originating in Italy, served with a silky layer of foam. They're similar to cappuccinos, but there are some obvious differences - mostly in the ratios of milk, water, and coffee, coming together to create a perfectly balanced milky coffee that possesses an aesthetically pleasing look and an irresistible texture.
What is a latte made of?
A latte or caffé latte is a type of coffee drink that uses one or two shots of espresso, lots of steamed milk and a final, thin layer of frothed milk on top, perfect for latte foam art. You can easily use your favourite dairy or dairy alternative to make a latte the way you want it, with whole milk, low-fat milk, or plant-based alternatives like soy, oat, or coconut milk.
Differences between a latte and a cappuccino
A lot of people get the Cappuccino and the Latte mixed, and it’s easy to understand why. They’re made of the same ingredients – espresso, and steamed milk. The difference between a latte and cappuccino is in the milk. A cappuccino has 20mm thick layer of steamed milk foam on top. Lattes, on the other hand, are brewed and poured into a cup prepared with steamed milk, which gives this beverage a much thinner, more delicate layer of foam. Lattes are also versatile – they’re delicious when they’re hot, and refreshing when they’re iced.
How to make a latte at home
Like the cappuccino and the macchiato, it's super easy to make a latte at home without an espresso machine. Here's what you need to get you started on making this iconic coffee drink in the comfort of your own kitchen.
- 1 heaped teaspoon (3g) NESCAFÉ Gold Instant Coffee
- Water heated to 80 degrees Celsius
- Milk of your choice
- Sugar to taste (optional)
- A tall glass
- A handheld or electric whisk, or an empty jar with a tight-fitting lid