How To Make Café Con Leche: 6 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 ubiquitous drink in American cafés. This Spanish drink has a bold espresso taste, mixed with creamy steamed milk and a unique 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


  • 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

Step 1

You have to prepare the espresso first with the Cuban coffee grounds. If you’re using a Moka pot, apply medium heat

Step 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

Step 3

Pour the espresso shots into a coffee mug and then add the hot milk. Stir up the mixture. Maintain your preferred espresso-to-milk ratio

Step 4

Now, pour 2 tablespoons of sugar into a bowl or a creamer. Add 2 teaspoons of espresso and whisk vigorously

Step 5

When the mixture forms a light brown foam, pour it on top of your Café con Leche

Step 6

Just enjoy this tasty treat!

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