Milk in coffee first appeared in Europe in the 17th century and the latte is one of many espresso-based drinks. It is a creamier type of coffee drink with a subtle espresso flavor.
The word “latte” is an English word shortened for the Italian caffé latte meaning “milk coffee”. Although it is drank any time of day in the U.S., it is primarily a morning type of beverage and drank along with breakfast in Europe. According to the National Coffee Association, latte was the most popular beverage among Americans in 2018 and more than 67 million lattes were consumed in that year alone.
HOW IT IS MADE
The latte is very similar to the cappuccino, but contains more milk and is also served in the larger 8 ounce cup compared to cappuccino’s 6 ounce cup. It is made with one or two shots of espresso (with the second shot more common in the United States), 5-6 ounces of hot steamed milk, and a thin layer of milk foam on the top. The layers of espresso and steamed milk are usually mixed together with only the top foam being its own distinct layer. Many times the top foam layer is made into latte art by the barista.
Check out this recipe for making iced cube latte using instant coffee.
HOW MUCH CAFFEINE IS IN YOUR CUP OF LATTE
As the latte is an espresso-based drink and steamed milk doesn’t contain caffeine, the amount of caffeine in your cup depends on the amount of espresso shots. Depending on your order or the place you get your coffee from, your latte could contain one to two espresso shots. According to Caffeine Content, a shot of espresso is about 1-1.5 ounces and contains 58-185 mg of caffeine, with an average of 100 mg per shot.