Cafe Latte is a milk coffee made with one or two shots of espresso, steamed milk, and a thin coating of frothed milk on top. If you don’t drink dairy milk, you can easily substitute soy, oat, or coconut milk for it.
The Italian coffee beverage known as cafè latte is frequently abbreviated to simply “latte” in English. It is created with espresso and steamed milk. A variation is the chocolate-flavored mocha, which substitutes a different beverage base for the coffee, such as mate, matcha, turmeric, rooibos, or masala chai (spiced Indian tea). Soy milk or almond milk are also used as milk substitutes.
The term “coffee and milk” is derived from the Italian caffellatte or caffè latte, from caffè e latte, literally “coffee and milk.” In English orthography, either or both words may occasionally have an accent on the final e (a hyperforeignism in the case of *latté, or to indicate it is pronounced, rather than the more common silent final e of English). The phrase “café au lait” has become popular in Scandinavia and northern Europe.
Espresso and chilled milk are typically poured over ice to make an iced latte in the US. It typically doesn’t have steamed milk or foam like a hot latte does. Although purists want their iced lattes to merely contain coffee and milk, they frequently have sugar or flavored syrups added. Ice is also sometimes blended with the beverage before serving. To prevent warming up the beverage, the espresso can be frozen or pre-chilled (occasionally as an espresso and milk blend).