Cafe Latte 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.

A café latte is an espresso-based drink consisting of one-third espresso and two-thirds steamed milk with a small amount of foam to top it off. The term café latte is Italian for “coffee and milk.” Most of the time, a “coffee” in Italy means espresso, which explains why this drink is made of espresso and milk rather than coffee and milk.

The café latte has become one of the most popular espresso drinks around and is known in the United States as simply a “latte.”

However, be forewarned: When ordering a “latte” in Italy, you might end up with a glass of warm milk!



  • 2 ounces espresso
  • 10 ounces milk (whole milk works best)


  • 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 (it should be mostly foam), pour the milk into the espresso. Spoon the remaining foam on top

Recipe Tip

There are lots of ways to experiment with café latte. For a dairy-free version, replace the whole milk with a milk alternative, such as soy, oat, or coconut milk. You can also experiment by adding flavor to your lattes, such as caramel, vanilla, or blackberry syrup.

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