Definitive Latté

By admin ~ January 21st, 2010. Filed under: latte.

A latte is a type of coffee drink made with hot milk. Variants include replacing the coffee with another drink base such as chai, mate or matcha.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary the term caffè latte was first used in English in 1847, and in 1867 as caffè latte by William Dean Howells in his essay “Italian Journeys”.  However, in Kenneth Davids’ Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing and Enjoying it is said that “At least until recently, ordering a “latte” in Italy got you a puzzled look and a hot glass of milk. The American-style caffe latte did not exist in Italian caffes, except perhaps in a few places dominated by American tourists… Obviously breakfast drinks of this kind have existed in Europe for generations, but the caffe version of this drink is an American invention…”

Classic Caffè Latté

By admin ~ January 21st, 2010. Filed under: latte.

In Italy, caffè latte is almost always prepared at home, for breakfast only. The coffee is brewed with a stovetop Moka.

Outside Italy, a caffè latte is typically prepared with approximately 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk, with a layer of foamed milk approximately 5 mm (¼ inch) thick on the top. A caffè latte may also be served consisting of strong or bold coffee (sometimes espresso) mixed with scalded milk in approximately a 1:1 ratio.[9] The drink is similar to a cappuccino, the difference being that a cappuccino consists of espresso and steamed milk with a 2 cm (¾ inch) layer of thick milk foam. A variant on the latte is the flat white, which is served in a smaller ceramic cup with the creamy steamed milk poured over a single-shot of espresso, holding back the lighter froth at the top

Latte Art

By admin ~ January 21st, 2010. Filed under: latte.

Latte Art is a style of pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso that creates a pattern or design on the surface of the resulting latte. It can also be created or embellished by simply “drawing” in the top layer of foam. Latte art is particularly difficult to create consistently, due to the demanding conditions required of both the espresso shot and milk.

This, in turn, is limited by the experience of the barista and quality of the espresso machine. The pour itself, then, becomes the last challenge for the latte artist. The most common form of poured latte art is known as the “rosetta,” and resembles a type of flower. This design is usually poured while keeping the cup tilted in one direction. As the milk is poured straight into the cup, the foam begins to surface on one side (due to the tilt).

Gingerbread Latte

By admin ~ January 21st, 2010. Filed under: latte, recipes.

To make Gingerbread Latte

1.Steam milk with Starbucks Barista Athena.

2.Place Starbucks Gingerbread Syrup in preheated coffee mug.

3.Brew single shot of espresso, using pre-measured Starbucks Espresso Pod, and pour immediately.

4.Top with steamed milk and foam.

5.Garnish foam with a light dusting of nutmeg, crushed gingerbread cookies or a light touch of cinnamon sugar.

Decorative items such as Gumdrops, Life Savers, Smarties, jujubes, licorice all sorts and mini-Shredded Wheat squares make excellent decorations. There are plenty more possibilities…