Let’s start by breaking down what a Spanish latte is. Spanish latte, also known as Café con Leche, is an espresso-based beverage. They’re pretty simple, made with espresso, scalded milk, and condensed milk. Spanish lattes are a bit sweeter than standard coffee shop lattes due to the addition of condensed milk.
Spanish latte recipe – History of its origins
While there is no definitive record of when the first Spanish latte was invented, there is quite a bit of speculation. The consensus is that a man named Angel Camacho invented it in the early 20th century. It is also said that the Spanish latte is a variation of the better-known Vietnamese iced coffee or ca phe sua da.
Spanish Latte vs Regular Latte
Unlike a Spanish latte, a regular latte combines one part espresso with two parts milk. There are no added sweeteners in a regular latte, but you are welcome to add sugar if you prefer.
A Spanish latte, on the other hand, consists of two shots of espresso, bronzing milk, sweetened condensed milk, and a dash of cinnamon. Not only is the number of ingredients different, but so is the type of milk.
Spanish latte recipe – how to make it at home
There are two ways to prepare a Spanish latte: hot or cold. Either way, you need the same ingredients.
Let’s take a look at what it takes to get started with a Spanish latte!
To make a Spanish latte, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups espresso
- 1.5 tablespoons condensed milk
- 100g milk
You can use a Moka pot or an espresso machine to prepare espresso. I recommend using an espresso machine as that will give you a real espresso (and a more concentrated drink).
- Espresso machine, Moka pot or air press
- Pot, microwave or steam wand for heating milk
- Thermometer for checking milk temperature (optional)
- Cup or glass for a latte
If you’re going to drink an iced latte, you’ll want to add some ice cubes and a refrigerator to your list.
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients and heated the machine, you’re ready to go!
Here’s an easy Spanish latte recipe:
- Use a Moka pot, air press, or espresso machine to prepare espresso. You want to pull two shots of espresso, or 2 ounces of espresso.
- Pour espresso into a mug or glass.
- In a pot or saucepan, heat milk over medium heat (about 180ºF), stirring occasionally. Do not let the milk boil.
- You can also heat milk in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each session.
- While the milk is heating, add the sweetened condensed milk to the espresso. Stir until the condensed milk and espresso are combined.
- Pour scalded milk over an espresso.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top.