How To Make Café Crema: 6 Easy Steps

Café Crema is a mixed coffee drink recipe popular in neighboring Italian and Swiss regions. This delicious drink is made with espresso, full-fat milk, sugar, and, believe it or not, a layer of cornstarch. It’s thick, creamy, and has a festive vibe to it.

Today, we can only see a variant of “café crema” that uses a very long shot of espresso.

For example, a “ristretto” is a 1-1.5oz espresso shot. An “espresso” is a 2oz shot. A “lungo” is a 3oz shot. But a “café crema” is a 6–8oz espresso shot. So the pull time is the real magician behind the different flavor profiles.

Therefore, a café crema calls for more coarsely ground coffee.

Note: Originally, “café crema” was just another name for a traditional espresso. And the word “Crema” refers to the cream on top that we usually see over a fresh shot of espresso.

The Recipe Specifications

  • Time required: 7 minutes
  • Ratio: 1:1 (coffee to cream)
  • Drink size: 6-8 oz. per serving


  • A medium-sized cooking pot
  • An espresso maker
  • A coffee grinder


  • 2 tablespoons of sugar per serving
  • Dark-roasted coffee beans
  • Whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons of flour (optional)
  • Chocolate powder (optional)

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

First, take the dark-roasted coffee beans and make a coarse grind out of them

Step 2

Prepare the 6-8oz long black shot in your espresso maker with fresh ground coffee

Preparing the 6-8oz long black shot

Step 3

Put the flour, sugar, and milk into the cooking pot. Keep whisking the mixture until it’s fully dissolved

Step 4

Turn the pot’s heat to medium and immediately pour the espresso into it

Step 5

Stir continuously and bring the mixture to a light boil for 1 minute

Step 6

Now pour the mixture into your cup, top it off with chocolate powder, serve, and enjoy!

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