What is a Café Latte?
A café latte is an espresso drink in which steamed milk is added to espresso shots in a cup. The order is important, as the reverse (espresso added on top of steamed milk) is known as a latte macchiato. Flavored syrups or simple syrup (sugar water) can be added to flavor or sweeten the drink. Latte art is made by pouring the steamed milk in a manner that creates beautiful shapes and patterns.
Making a Café Latte:
- Pour espresso shots into a cup
- Froth and texturize milk (optionally with sugar or flavoring added)
- Pour the steamed milk into the espresso and enjoy
Factoid: Increasingly common in the United States and Europe, latte art has led to the stylization of coffee making, and the creation of what is now a popular art form. Created by pouring steaming, and mostly frothed, milk into the coffee, that liquid is introduced into the beverage in such a way, patterns are distinguishable on the top of coffee. Popular patterns can include hearts, flowers, trees and other forms of simplistic representations of images and objects.
Café Latte vs. Latte Macchiato
“A cafè latte differs from a latte macchiato in that in a latte macchiato, espresso is added to milk, rather than the reverse.The latte macchiato is milk steamed to microfoam, served in a glass with a half shot of espresso poured gently through the foamy top layer, creating a layered drink with a ‘macchia’ – a ‘spot’ on the top. As with a traditional macchiato, which is espresso with a spot of milk atop, indicating there’s a hint of milk underneath the cream, a latte macchiato is the opposite, to indicate there is espresso in the milk. A cafè latte is also made up of espresso and steamed milk, but differs from the latte macchiato in that it has a stronger flavor of coffee, and the two drinks’ names indicates this. The use of the term ‘macchiato’ has been widened to include a huge array of beverages and ice creams. In some countries (like Germany), latte macchiato is the preferred term.” (Source: Wikipedia)