The word Latte means milk in Italian so the Caffe Latte is
literally a milky coffee.
The Caffe Latte was designed as a morning coffee and traditionally had a
much larger portion of milk, often served in a large bowl cup so that the
consumer could dip their breakfast pastry in their coffee.
This was designed to line the stomach with milk so that it is easier to drink
more espresso throughout the rest of the day.
The Australian Way
Extract 30mls of espresso into latte glass. Pour creamy textured milk
into glass leaving 1cm of foam. Draw crema to the surface of the coffee.
Under no circumstances should a Latte (oops! Caffe Latte)
come in anything other than a glass, suitably presented so you do
not burn your fingers off. Not much fun waiting until it cools down.
Send it back if you dare, but only after consuming most of it,
showing burnt tongue.
Latte (or as noted on a sign in Pellegrinos coffee shop in Melbourne,
"Caffe Latte" - unless you just want hot milk).
What about a double shot latte (is it really a Macchiato? - but the glass
is bigger), for those who want quantity as well as quality.
Dome Coffee has a large Latte (in a milk shake glass, no less) that is the Aussie style!
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