How To Make A Spanish Latte

Making Café con Leche is easy, as it is basically a combination of coffee and milk. You don’t need any special equipment, but will need the usual items like an espresso maker...


People from these countries often reminisce about having a Café con Leche every morning when they woke up, and the drink has a special place in their minds and culture.

What is a Spanish Latte or Cafe Con Leche?

Spanish latte or Cafe Con Leche is a Spanish coffee drink made with espresso, milk and condense milk. People from Spain often reminisce about having a Café con Leche every morning when they woke up, and the drink has a special place in their minds and culture.

This drink is very similar to Vietnamee coffee but a little less sweet.

What is the difference between Spanish Latte and latte?

The difference between a Spanish latte and a latte is that a Spanish latte contains condense milk while a normal latte does not, and that there's less fresh milk used in a Spanish latte.


Tips For Making The Best Spanish Latte

Making Café con Leche is easy, as it is basically a combination of coffee and milk. You will need the usual items like an espresso maker. You will also need:

  1. A good quality fresh coffee such as a French roast. You will want one that makes a strong and dark coffee and that has been ground finely.
  2. Nice tasting water as this is a main constituent in the drink. If the water from your tap isn’t that nice you should use bottled or filtered water.
  3. Milk. Any type is good to use. In Spain they tend to use whole milk, but 2% milk makes for a great Spanish latte.

Once you have the ingredients, you are ready to start making your coffee. It basically comes in two parts that are mixed together at the end.

Espresso

Spanish Latte’s are based around an espresso so you will need to make yourself a good one to start with. This doesn’t require a full espresso machine, as you can use a lower cost stove-top version.

You will fill the bottom part with cold water, and the top segment with a finely ground coffee bean. Screw the device back together and place over the heat until the water rises into the top compartment. When the top part is full of coffee and you hear the sound of air spurting out, it is time to remove it from the heat.

Milk

It's important to froth milk properly, and the most effective way will depend on what tools you have at your disposal.

You can heat it up in a pan on the stove, in a large cup in the microwave, or if you have a coffee machine you can heat it up by using the steam nozzle. Don’t allow the milk to boil, though.

A traditional Spanish latte will use equal parts of coffee and milk, but this will completely depend on how you like your coffee. By all means use more or less milk than this, but if you want the true Café con Leche experience you will need the flavor of the coffee to be prevalent enough with the creamy texture of the milk.


How To Make Café Con Leche - A Simple Recipe

Now you've got the right equipments and ingredients, let's start making a hot Spanish latte.

spanish latte recipe

How To Make A Spanish Latte (Hot Version)

author: Barista Rose
equipments: espresso machine or a stovetop espresso maker, glass or mug, spoon

Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 120
Servings: 1

1 shot of espresso

2-3 tbsp condense milk

100ml milk


Step 1: Condense milk & Espresso

  • Add 2-3 tablespoon of condense milk to a mug.
  • Make 1 shot of espresso with your espresso machine.
  • Pour the espresso you just made into the mug and mix well.

Step 2: Steam Milk

  • Option 1: Use your espresso machine's steam wand to froth milk.
  • Option 2: Steam 90ml of milk in a saucepan til frothy.

Step 3: Top up

  • Slowly pour the steamed milk on top of the mixture in step 1. Make a beautiful latte art with the milk if you can to make the drink more beautiful.
  • Your Spanish latte is ready to serve.

How To Make A Spanish latte (Cold)

This drink is best served in a glass on a hot summer day.

cold spanish latte served in a glass

How To Make A Cold Spanish Latte

author: Barista Rose
equipments: espresso machine or a stovetop espresso maker, glass or mug, spoon

Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 150
Servings: 1

1 or 2 shots of espresso

30ml condense milk

90ml milk


Step 1: Condense milk

  • Garnish your glass with some condense milk, then add the rest to the bottom of the glass.

Step 2: Espresso

  • Make 1 shot of espresso with your espresso machine or a stovetop espresso maker. Use 2 shots if you'd like it stronger.

Step 3: Ice and Fresh Milk

  • Add ice then fresh milk to the glass.
  • Top up with the espresso shot made from step 2.
  • Ready to serve.

Variations of Spanish Latte

There are, of course, a few different ways people like to achieve similar results. For example, if you don’t have an espresso machine or device you can simply brew a strong coffee on the stove instead. Some people also like to use different types of milk. Lactose free milk will work just as well as the others, and sometimes people will use condensed milk instead.

Cuban Style Spanish Latte

The Cuban version of Café con Leche is slightly different as it usually includes sugar within the brewing process. This is done to allow the sugar to slightly caramelize, and involves adding the espresso coffee to a cup that is about a third full with sugar. By stirring this you will create a paste, and can then add the hot milk to this paste to form the final drink. This technique will produce a frothy foam on top of the drink, and make it taste a lot creamier.

Final Thoughts

Coffee comes in many forms, and is often mixed with milk. The process of heating the milk up and mixing it in equal measures, though, makes for a frothy and creamy drink while retaining the flavors of the coffee. It’s easy to learn how to make a Spanish latte, and it’s a simple recipe to adapt to your particular tastes.

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