What is a Spanish Latte? Here’s How You Can Make

by | Jun 2, 2021 | coffee | 0 comments

How do you like your coffee? I prefer it myself in a large, steaming cup with two sugars.

According to an unofficial survey, only 35% of those who appreciate the refreshing aroma of coffee prefers it dark.

The remaining 65% need sugar and / or cream to bring out the flavor and sweeten the spiciness of that first sip.

However, regardless of their preference, most coffee drinkers love to feel the punch of caffeine when they enjoy their favorite morning drink.

In translation, most people like strong coffee, as long as it is blended with ingredients that reduce bitterness.

Lucky for us, coffee is a versatile drink that pairs well with a wide range of flavors and textures.

As proof, we have chains like Starbucks and Costa (to name just two world famous brands that make a living from selling coffee) and new types of coffee seem to appear every season (looking at you, Pumpkin Spice Latte!).

However, even though some of the newer mixes are quite popular, most people will always come back for the classics: cappuccino, macchiato, and regular Lattes. That is why today we are going to talk about one of the classics most appreciated around the world: the Spanish Latte.

latte in Spanish

What is a Spanish latte and is it really Spanish?

Café con Leche (that’s how a Spaniard would order a Spanish latte) has a unique, rich flavor without losing any of that caffeine kick we crave.

The origins of this drink seem to have started in Spain, but it was so incredibly popular that nowadays people appreciate it all over the world, especially in Latin America, Florida and the Philippines.

So, isn’t that just a regular Latte?

Since this is a strong coffee made with hot milk, it’s easy to think of Spanish Latte as just another latte. And, while technically you would be right (it’s a mixture of coffee and milk), you couldn’t be more wrong.

First of all, Café con Leche is a breakfast drink as it is made of espresso and whole milk (in equal parts). As a result, the drink is heavier and more filling than a Latte and tastes sweeter.

Plus, a Spanish latte is served hotter than other drinks so you can enjoy its unique creaminess and thickness.

Too, an ordinary Latte (which is an Italian drink) is made with frothy or steamed milk and has a layer of foam on top. This doesn’t happen with a Spanish Latte, which is a simple and elegant drink with a rich, creamy texture.

In summary, Café con Leche has a thicker, creamier texture and is a bit sweeter than Lattes (no flavored syrup added). This is due to the way these two drinks are prepared and the way the ingredients are added..

latte in Spanish

Spanish latte


As any barista will tell you, a premium Spanish latte requires premium ingredients. Plus, while the recipe doesn’t include a lot of ingredients, the secret to its divine taste lies in the preparation process.

  • The water
  • Coffee
  • Whole milk (you can also use 2% if you are not a fan of whole milk)
  • Make sure the water you are using is of the best quality. This means that it should be clear and should not taste weird (which can happen if the water has a high concentration of minerals or if it comes from the tap in a crowded city). So if you have any doubts, use bottled or filtered water instead.

  • Choose the coffee beans for your espresso and make sure they are finely ground. It is best to grind the beans just before brewing the espresso, for an added flavor of freshness.

  • Prepare the coffee using the beans and water selected above. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use a stovetop espresso machine or you can just brew really strong coffee.

  • Place the milk in a saucepan or saucepan and heat it to around 82 ° F (27.7 ° C) – you can also boil it in the microwave, but make sure it doesn’t boil. Then you will need to lather it, to give it texture. If you have a frother this should be easy, but if you are a beginner take a look at this milk frothing tutorial for skills.

  • When you reach this stage, you should have both the milk and the coffee ready, which means it’s time to mix them up! A traditional Café con Leche contains equal parts coffee and milk, so measure each side before putting them together. Also, be sure to pour the milk into the coffee, and not the other way around, to give the drink a creamy texture.

  • Add flavor or sugar. This step is optional, and if you want a Classic Spanish Latte, it is not necessary. However, if you want to get creative, go ahead and use your favorite flavors.

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What should it taste?

If this is your first time to taste Late Spanish (made at home or in a cafe), it helps to know what to expect.

As I mentioned before, the real deal has a creamy texture and should taste slightly sweet. And, since it is espresso-based, you will feel the potency of coffee but not the bitter taste associated with it (due to the high milk ratio).


Spanish Latte is truly an elegant and simple coffee drink that mixes high quality ingredients to create a unique harmony of tastes. Moreover, people love it so much that you can find it in different versions all over the world.

Drinks such as Havana Latte, Cuban Latte, and even Vietnamese coffee feature similar recipes with slight variations.

Overall, whether it’s latte, espresso, cappuccino, or any other form, coffee remains one of the most popular drinks enjoyed around the world.

So why not take advantage of its versatility and the uniqueness of each culture whenever we have the chance?

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