Latte is made up of two essential ingredients: espresso and steamed milk, and it is considered to be the most classic of all coffees. The term "latte" is derived from the Italian phrase "caffè e latte" (alternatives include "caffe latte"), which translates as "coffee and milk."
If you don't want anything too strong, latte is an excellent espresso beverage . While espresso is a robust and high-caffeine beverage, the addition of milk significantly dilutes the caffeine content.
Lattes are typically made with 1-2 oz. espresso and 8-15 oz. steamed milk. Anything larger than 8 ounces is considered a latte in the specialty coffee world. Two or three latte sizes are not uncommon.
Short and tall beverages contain one shot of espresso, while grande and venti beverages contain two shots.
When milk is steamed, it is aerated, resulting in the rich, creamy texture that latte lovers are familiar with. This means that for every two ounces of espresso, there are eighteen ounces of milk – that's a lot of milk!
A latte is typically made with 1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk, and a small, thin layer of microfoam on top. With this ratio, baristas can easily adjust the size of the latte you order, though the traditional latte size is between 10 and 12 ounces.
Lattes tend to be a source of pride for baristas who take pleasure in creating art on lattes. This technique entails carefully pouring steamed milk into espresso to create intricate designs such as leaves, flowers, and heart shapes. There is even an annual international competition for latte art, which is highly regarded in the coffee community.
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