Coffee lovers know how much variety they have to pick from when ordering a coffee at your local Starbucks. From lattes and caramel macchiatos down to frappucinos, everyone has that special drink they taste once and stick by for the rest of their lives.
Latte is gotten from the Italian words, caffe e latte, which translates to coffee and milk. Lattes are among the most popular options for consumer demand, along with espressos and cappuccinos. Amongst the types of lattes available, you’ve got cafe latte, vanilla latte, caramel latte, and a lot more.
However, we’ll focus on one of the latte variants that is somewhat less popular and overlooked; the breve latte. It’s available at your local Starbucks, and like other drinks, it can be tweaked to be made ‘’skinny’’.
Keep on reading as we take a more in-depth look at this drink, the good and the bad, and of course, how you can whip up one yourself.
So what’s A Breve Latte Exactly?
A breve latte is a variant of the famous line of coffee drinks which you know as lattes. This drink is also known as a caffe breve, or breve coffee, with breve meaning ‘’short’’ in Italian. Some have teased that this should be called ‘’cremoso’’ instead, as that translates to creamy in Italian.
Breve lattes are made somewhat similar to cappuccinos. When making a cappuccino, one-third of espresso, one-third of steamed milk, and the same amount of foam are used. In a breve latte, the half-and-half cream is steamed and frothed before adding to the espresso.
Breve lattes are known for their very creamy and foamy top, thanks to the steamed half-and-half cream.
- Very creamy and fluffy
- Great tasting
- Easy to prepare
- Provides satiety (a feeling of fullness)
- High calorie count (568 cal in 16 oz serving) may not make it suitable for those pursuing weight loss.
Popular Espresso Based Drinks Asides Breve Lattes
- Cafe mochas: Cafe mochas are made from combining espresso with steamed milk and chocolate. Whipped cream is commonly used when topping off cafe mochas.
- Cafe romano: A less popular espresso-based beverage, a cafe romano is a shot of espresso with subtle notes of lemon.
- Cappuccino: One of the more common beverages, a cappuccino consists of a shot of espresso with steamed milk and steamed foam.
- Macchiato: Macchiatos consists of a shot of espresso and a tiny bit of milk foam. There are several types of macchiatos, such as caramel macchiatos and triple macchiatos.
- Cafe Americano: This is simply half espresso and half hot water. A cafe Americano’s strength varies depending on the proportion of hot water to espresso in the cup.
Homemade Breve Latte
Thankfully, you can make a caffe breve at home rather than continually buying at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. This drink can be taken for dessert after dinner or simply as a way to start the morning.
Unfortunately, there are no k-cups available for breve lattes. On the bright side, you won’t be needing a Keurig machine or any special piece of equipment to make your breve latte at home.
- Breve Latte Recipe
- Preparation Time: 8 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- What You Will Need?
- Coffee beans
- Half-and-half milk
- Bowl-shaped coffee mug
- Espresso machine (to make the espresso)
- Milk frothing tool (electric frother or whisk)
- A scoop for measuring
- 1. Two ounces of espresso
- 2. Two ounces of half and half steamed (half whole milk and half light cream)
- 3. Two ounces of foam half and half
NOTE: The ingredients above are suited for one person only. Depending on how many servings you need to make, you could double or triple the ingredients.
- 1. Steam and froth the half-and-half between 145 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit using a microwave preferably.
- 2. After this, bring out the half and half to set.
- 3. Measure two ounces of espresso and prepare using an espresso machine.
- 4. Transfer the now steamed half-and-half into a mug. Hold the foam back for later use while doing pouring the half-and-half.
- 5. Pour half of the foam on top
- 6. Pour the espresso into the mug slowly
- 7. Add the remaining half foam to the contents of the cup.
- 8. Serve and enjoy!!
Nutritional Profile of Homemade Breve Latte
The nutritional profile of the homemade breve latte above is as follows:
- Calories- 97
- Carbohydrates: 3g
- Fat: 8g
- Protein: 2g
- Saturated Fat: 5g
- Cholesterol: 26mg
- Sodium: 37mg
- Calcium: 74mg
- Vitamin A: 200 IU
- Potassium: 138mg
NOTE; The above nutritional profile is for a one-person serving size using two ounces of the required ingredients. You can measure your own nutritional profile using apps such as MyFitnessPal.
Modifying Your Breve Latte (Non-dairy and Skinny)
You could explore other options when making your breve latte if you do not want to use dairy milk. The best alternatives out there that come close to the half-and-half in terms of texture are cashew milk or full-fat coconut milk.
For improved sweetness, you could add flavored syrup such as hazelnut or caramel. Adding a strawberry on top, chocolate, and cinnamon pieces will also go a long way in flavoring.
To make your breve skinny (great if you are on keto), use half cream and half almond milk. The reason being that almond milk is low in carbs and contains healthy fat. In addition to the carbs and fat, almond milk is free of cholesterol, as it is plant-based compared to dairy milk.
Almond milk is also an excellent alternative for vegans, along with hemp milk, cashew milk, oat, and soy milk. However, almond milk remains preferred.
What are the key difference between a latte and a breve latte?
A latte is made from two ingredients which are your espresso and steamed milk. Your typical latte begins with the espresso shots, after which the steamed milk is poured with a layer of foam on top.
Breve lattes, on the other hand, are made by adding steamed half-and-half instead of steamed milk. Half-and-half here refers to half whole milk and half light cream. This gives it a richer flavor than a latte with a lot of foam.
- 1. Lattes are espressos and frothed milk, while breve lattes are espresso and a half-and-half.
- 2. Lattes are topped with a smaller quantity of milk foam compared to a Caffe breve.
- 3. Lattes tend to have flavored syrups added to them, unlike breve lattes.
Breve lattes are some of the richest and creamiest coffee drinks out there and deserve more respect than they currently do. Be sure to try our recipe and measure accordingly, depending on how much you need to make. Who knows, you could just end up switching from a frappuccino fan to breve lattes forever.