When you have teenagers that love their café lattes, you know how expensive it can be, especially when they are having them weekly. It definitely adds up to be a very expensive treat each week, if I must say.
I can remember as a teenager, our mom would always make these for us, but back then this was a breakfast drink. Today, it's an anytime drink.
As kids, mom would use hot espresso with added milk. During the hot summer months, she made them as "cold" drinks, packed with ice!.... Sound familiar? Yep! As kids, we only knew them as "caffé freddo con latte," which means cold espresso with milk.
Who knew then that it would turn out to be a multi-million dollar idea for all these coffee franchisers years later? ...Amazing.... Right?
So, this is now my simple solution to my teenagers weekly trips to the coffee shops. I keep a pitcher or a carafe in my refrigerator, with my very own "café latte," for the girls to enjoy all week. As for me, well... I get to enjoy them too! ... without having to take a car ride to the coffee shop.
It's my cost effective solution to a costly habit. This is a simple recipe to follow so your entire family can enjoy! It's even fun to bring along when you're out on a picnic, at the beach, or just relaxing by the pool.
You only need a pot of brewed espresso, fat-free or 1 % milk, chocolate syrup and some sugar if you like it sweet. You can make hot or ice cold lattes. Either way, just relax and enjoy your café latte anytime!
EASY Low-Fat Cafe Lattes
- 1 shot of brewed espresso
- 1 cup fat-free or 1 % Milk
- 1/2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
- optional: sugar or stevia
In a small pot, heat milk enough just before it comes to a boil. Transfer to a coffee mug. Add a shot of brewed espresso (about 2 tablespoons) and chocolate syrup. Add more or less coffee and chocolate syrup to your liking. (I omit the sugar because for me the chocolate syrup adds enough sweetness to the café' latte.) Stir and enjoy!
TIP: How to brew espresso in the stove-top espresso coffee pot?Disassemble the espresso coffee pot, it has 3 parts. Remove the filter basket from the bottom and fill the bottom with cold water.
Fill enough water just below the steam valve) (its the round brass or chrome knob on the side).
Place the filter basket back, and fill with ground espresso coffee.
The coffee should be leveled.
Place the top of pot and screw it tightly.
Place the pot onto stove-top, and heat on medium-high heat.
Coffee will start to bubble, making noise brewing the coffee to the top. When the noise dies down, peek open the lid to see if the coffee has stopped spilling out from the center spout. Turn off the heat and remove from the stove.
Pour small amount of espresso into a coffee mug. Add milk and chocolate syrup. Stir and enjoy!
To serve chilled, allow coffee to cool. Transfer espresso to a carafe, add milk and chocolate syrup to your liking. Refrigerate for a few hours. Serve in a tall glasses or travel mugs packed with ice.