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A breve latte sitting on a wooden coaster on a blue napkin.
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Breve Latte

This Breve Latte recipe is a rich and creamy coffee beverage that's made with half & half and a shot of espresso! The perfect latte to fill your morning mug with!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 321kcal

Ingredients

  • 1-2 ounces espresso
  • 7 ounces half & half

Instructions

  • Pour an espresso shot into a mug. You can do a single or double shot.
  • Steam the half & half to 160°F in a steaming pitcher.
  • Use the back of a large spoon to hold back the foam while pouring the half and half into the mug with the espresso.
  • Scoop the foam out into the top of the latte.

Notes

  • I prefer to make double shot lattes, as pictured, but you can do a single 1-ounce shot.
  • To make an iced version, simply stir the espresso and half & half together with ice.
  • Breve drinks tend to be fluffier than the average latte made with standard milk since steamed half-and-half increases the foam volume due to the increased fat content.
Milk Steaming Options:
  • If you have an espresso machine with a built-in steamer, this is the easiest way to make steamed milk for a latte. Simply fill your frothing pitcher (https://amzn.to/3iWqiRH) with milk and place the steaming wand in the milk and steam for about 30 to 45 seconds, then bring the wand just under the surface of the milk and continue to steam until the froth begins to build. The milk for a latte should reach 160 degrees F, I like using a beverage thermometer (https://amzn.to/36mkagB).
  • If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can heat the milk up on the stovetop in a small saucepan until it reaches 150 to 160 degrees F. Do not let the milk simmer or boil. Remove from heat and froth with a handheld frother (https://amzn.to/36mUFvH) or pour into a clean french press and pump until frothy.
  • And if you really need to keep things basic, add the milk to a mason jar and cover with a lid and shake until super bubbly, then microwave until the foam rises to the top and the milk reaches the desired temperature. Don’t let it bubble over.
Espresso options:
  • Having an espresso machine will make this recipe the easiest.
  • If you have a Nespresso machine, that will work too.
  • The next best option is to use a bold roast in a french press.
  • Lastly, if you’re really in a pinch, you can use instant espresso.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 1223mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 602IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 1mg