Breve Coffee Recipe

By Stuart Smith | Last Updated May 10, 2020


Preparation Time & Servings

Requires simple ingredients.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

*Nutrition information should be considered an estimate.

TOOLS NEEDED: Espresso machine, milk frother or a whisk and a glass.

The breve is ultimately just a latte made with half-and-half instead of milk. This simple change results in a stark contrast between the two drinks.

A breve has a much creamier mouthfeel when compared to the latte. Also, the nature of half-and-half makes the breve taste a little sweeter.

Often, due to its sweetness, many people call the breve the “dessert latte” and have it after dinner; however, it can be enjoyed any time of day just as easily.



  • 2 ounces espresso
  • 10 ounces half-and-half


  • Pour the espresso into a mug
  • Place the milk in a wide glass or glass jar and microwave on high power for 30 seconds until it is very hot but not boiling. Alternatively, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes until very hot but not boiling, watching it carefully
  • Using a milk frother, froth the milk until you don’t see any bubbles and you have a very thick froth, 20 to 30 seconds. Swirl the glass and lightly tap it on the counter repeatedly to pop the larger bubbles. Repeat this step as needed
  • Using a spoon to hold back the foam, pour the half-and-half into the espresso. Spoon the remaining foam on top

Recipe Tip

You can also make this an “iced” breve by just adding cold half-and-half to your espresso! It is a delicious alternative for a hot day!

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