A latte is a drink made with espresso and steamed milk. Compared to a cappuccino, the steamed milk is much creamier and milkier than that found in a cappuccino, which has dry, foamy, aerated milk.
Its traditional name is “caffè latte,” which means “milk coffee” in Italian, but in the US we just call it a “latte.” It’s called a “grand crème” in French, “Milchkaffee” in German, and “Wiener Melange” in Austrian. I call it “delicious,” particularly when it’s poured over ice.
The drink can be customized to your taste, with myriads of possible flavor combinations. The most classic and well known is chocolate, aka the Mocha, but any flavor can be added to make it your own. White chocolate (my favorite), caramel, caramel AND white chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, irish cream, lavender. Or if you’re so inclined, the flavor of the coffee is decadent enough.
2 oz espresso
10 oz steamed milk
Pull a double shot of espresso (2 oz, or 60 mL). At the same time, steam 10 ounces of milk with very light foam. In a cup, pour the 10 ounces of steamed milk over the double shot of espresso. Try your hand at some latte art. Enjoy!