From Italy to the World: Tracing The Origins Of The Latte
- Yash Lakhan
Updated : January 24, 2023 10:01 IST
A trip to the neighbourhood coffee shop will show you how coffee has developed into a beverage with an astounding array of variants. In addition to brewing coffee at home in their coffee makers, many people also own speciality coffee makers that can produce a wide range of flavoured coffees.
What do you think of first when you wake up in the morning? Some children could quickly wonder what their upcoming school day will entail. However, breakfast is the only thought on the minds of many other children and adults. Since a healthy breakfast may jump-start your day and provide you with the energy you need to make it until lunch, it is frequently referred to as the most important meal of the day. And a special beverage that delivers an extra energy boost is often served during breakfast for adults. What are we discussing? Coffee. Coffee has been made as a beverage for many centuries. It's one of the most consumed beverages in the world right now.
A trip to the neighbourhood coffee shop will show you how coffee has developed into a beverage with an astounding array of variants. In addition to brewing coffee at home in their coffee makers, many people also own speciality coffee makers that can produce a wide range of flavoured coffees. Some coffee lovers also own pricey machines that can brew espresso and froth milk to make a limitless number of speciality coffee drinks.
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The latte is one of the most well-liked varieties of speciality coffee drinks. Since a latte is made up of espresso and steaming milk, it seems sensible that the term "latte" is the Italian word for "milk." The word "latte" is just a condensed form of the Italian word "caffè latte," which means "milk coffee."
A latte, also known as a caffè latte, is a milk coffee that features a silky layer of froth as its true highlight. One or two shots of espresso, steamed milk, and a thin layer of frothed milk on top make up a real latte. These components work together to produce a milky coffee with a smooth texture and a balanced flavour.
One or two shots of espresso, steamed milk, and a thin layer of frothed milk on top make a caffè latte. If you don't want to use dairy milk, you can easily substitute soy, oat, or coconut milk for it.
History Of Latte
Since at least the 17th century, coffee and milk have been combined throughout Europe. William Dean Howells coined the phrase "caffe and latte" in his 1867 essay "Italian Journeys." At this time in history, coffee was beginning to gain popularity on a global scale, but the brewing techniques were still somewhat archaic because espresso machines weren't yet popular.
Since 1903, steam wands have been a part of espresso machines, but they have only been used to heat and provide texture to milk. Baristas from Seattle, Washington, started "painting" with the highly textured milk in the 1980s and making artwork to decorate the drinks. These patterns gained popularity over time and spread all over the world. Any steamed beverage is now typically finished with latte art.
The basic components of coffee and milk haven't changed much throughout the years, but the latte has undergone several alterations. Most likely, the latte's evolution is still ongoing. Social networking has accelerated the rate at which coffee trends shift and disseminate. The only thing we can be certain of is that this age-old beverage will keep evolving.