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Traditional Italian Latte

A latte is a classic coffee that’s constructed with the two pillar ingredients: espresso and steamed milk. The word “latte” comes from the Italian word “caffè e latte” (other variants are “caffeelatte” and “caffellatte”), which simply means “coffee & milk.”

The standard combination for a latte is 1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk, and a small, thin layer of microfoam on the surface. With this ratio, baristas can easily adjust the size of the latte when you order it, though the traditional size of the latte ranges between 10-12 ounces.



  • 7-9 oz of milk of your preference

  • 16.5 grams of ground espresso beans

  • A 10-12 oz latte cup


1. Grind 16.5 grams of espresso coffee.

2. Extract espresso with espresso machine into the 10-12 ounce cup.

3. Pour 7-9 ounces milk into milk pitcher. Steam to 160° F.

4. When espresso completes brewing, pour steamed milk at an angle about 3-4 inches above the cup.

5. Enjoy!

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