How To Make Café Con Leche: 5 Easy Steps

Leche is a Spanish word for milk. So, café con leche is a Spanish style milk-based espresso drink. Even though this Café con leche is very similar to a latte, it isn’t a very common drink in American cafés. This Spanish drink has a bold espresso taste, mixed with creamy steamed milk and a distinctive foam topping. The foam topping is an optional addition. This unique light brown foam is called “espumita“, which is made by whipping sugar and espresso.

The Recipe Specifications

  • Drink size: 1 serving
  • Time required: 9 minutes
  • Ratio: 1:2 or 1:3 (espresso to milk)—Use the one that suits you the best

Equipment And Ingredients


  • An espresso maker (moka pot or espresso machine)
  • A creamer or a bowl
  • A spoon and a whisk


  • Finely-ground Cuban dark-roasted coffee
  • 10-12 ounces of fresh whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. You have to prepare the espresso first with the Cuban coffee grounds. If you’re using a Moka pot, apply medium heat.
  2. Heat the milk in a steamer, on the stovetop, or in the microwave. You don’t need to froth the milk and don’t boil the milk.
  3. Pour the espresso shots into a coffee mug and then add the hot milk to it. Stir up the mixture. Maintain your preferred espresso to milk ratio.
  4. Now, pour 2 tablespoons of sugar into a bowl or a creamer. Add 2 teaspoons of espresso and whisk vigorously. When the mixture forms a light brown foam, pour it on top of your café con leche.
  5. Just enjoy this tasty treat!

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