How To Make Galão: 6 Easy Steps

Portugal, much like its European counterparts, doesn’t grow coffee by itself. But the drink is still an important part of the culture. Portuguese coffee prefers an Arabica and Robusta blend instead of an all-Arabica. They also prefer a slow-roasted blend as they like a creamier, low-acid espresso that has a thicker mouthfeel.

So, Galao is the Portuguese version of a latte (espresso and steamed milk) and traditionally comes with a serving of Pastel De Nata, a Portuguese custard tart.

The Recipe Specifications

  • Time required: 6 minutes
  • Drink size: 6-7 ounces (1 serving)
  • Drink ratio: 1:3 (espresso to milk)


  • Espresso machine or Moka pot
  • A whisk, or milk frother
  • A small saucepan
  • A coffee mill


  • Finely ground coffee beans (1–2 oz.)
  • 6 oz. of fresh whole milk
  • White Sugar to taste

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

Grind your coffee beans fine enough for brewing espresso

Step 2

Now pull double shots of espresso

Step 3

Heat the milk in a saucepan (on a stove or in a microwave). Apply medium-low heat and frequently stir the milk

Step 4

Then froth the steamed milk using a whisk or a milk frother

Step 5

Pour the espresso and then the milk into your coffee mug

Step 6

Sprinkle it with a little sugar or honey if you like. Serve and enjoy!

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