Latte, also spelled as latté or lattè literally means milk in Italian. It is a short term for café latte which means coffee milk. It is espresso coffee and hot milk. It is called 'café au lait' in French, 'café con leche' in Spanish or 'café com leite' in Portugese. It has a strong coffee flavor and aroma.





The term latte was used by Willian Dean Howells in 1867 in his essay ‘Italian journey’. Latte was invented by Lino Meiorin of Caffe Mediterraneum in the 1950’s. The need for such a drink was felt as a few customers opined that espresso coffee was too strong. It became very popular during the 1980’s.



Ingredients and Preparation


Espresso and milk are the only ingredients for making latte.

Traditionally, one or more shots of espresso are taken in a cup. Hot milk is poured into the cup leaving about 1.5 cm on the top. Foamed milk is added to the top. Typically, 240 ml latte is served with about a single 30 ml espresso shot.





  • Latte is generally served for breakfast in a cup placed on a saucer.
  • In Scandinavia, latte is served in a bowl.
  • Latte art is a very popular art of decorating the coffee tops with designs likes flowers, hearts, faces, etc.
  • It can also be served with flavoring syrups like vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, hazelnut, chocolate, etc.



Popular Variations


Latte Macchiato is a similar beverage. It differs slightly from latte as espresso is added to milk rather than reverse.



Health and Nutrition Facts


Serving size – 1 cup

Calories – 160 cal, Fat – 2g, Protein – 2 g

  • Latte is low in calorie and fat.
  • Latte is known to reduce depression in women. It is also known to enhance cognitive development.
  • It reduces risks of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • It is high in caffeine which causes dependency and sleep changes. It should be avoided by pregnant women.


Latte Blogs

Early Code For Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Early Code For Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte On : 30-Aug-2013 By : thot4food

If its fall can pumpkins be far behind? Surely not, especially if it’s the delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. The drink will not be officially out until September 3, 2013 but for customers like you who can’t wait, Starbucks has a...

Top 10 Low-calorie Lattes

Top 10 Low-calorie Lattes On : 31-May-2012 By : Nutrispeak

A latte maybe your first beverage of the day, but it might not stop there. We understand you may have more than 1 latte due to your busy work life, but how many additional calories does this habit add?  Although avoiding lattes altogether may not be a...

Shortage Of Pumpkin Spice Latte Disappoints Starbucks Customers

Shortage Of Pumpkin Spice Latte Disappoints Starbucks Customers On : 09-Oct-2012 By : seasonal_foodie

  Pumpkin season is here! Which means coffee shops are starting to bring out their seasonal drinks, most notably, the Pumpkin Spice Latte! Once the season starts, demand for these drinks increases, resulting in well, a shortage....

Food Fraud: Low Fat Latte

Food Fraud: Low Fat Latte On : 23-Dec-2010 By : dietrikona

  Low fat Latte – isn’t it tempting to choose this reduced fat version of this delectable beverage. However, a closer look at the nutritional composition of this form of latte will show you that the “low fat” label is just another food...