Simple Café Au Lait
You head to the coffee shop to grab a simple Café Au Lait, but find yourself waiting in line for 15 minutes because the 5 people ahead of you are ordering as such:
“Hi, I’d like small latte with vanilla, extra hot, please.”
“Hi, I’d like a medium coffee with skim milk, please.”
“Hi, I’d like a large Cappuccino with 2% milk and less foam, please.”
“Hi, I’d like an Americano, please.”
“Hi, I’d like small Mocha, please.”
While they are ordering you wonder, “But what is the difference between all those drinks? They all seem to come out looking the exact same (minus the Frappuccino).”
Today we want to help make sense of the various coffee beverages and show you how to make your own Café Au Lait and avoid the line.
6 Common Coffee Beverages
Latte. A latte is made by combining espresso and steamed milk plus a thin layer of foam.
Coffee. Coffee is, well, coffee. It needs no explanation, and if you’re reading this, you likely have a cup of joe on the daily.
Cappuccino. You make a Cappuccino with espresso and steamed milked plus a thick layer of foam. The only major difference between a Latte and Cappuccino is the steamed milk-to-foam ratio: a Cappuccino has more foam.
Americano. Other than the basic drip coffee, an Americano is as simple as they come. An Americano includes 2/3 water and 1/3 espresso.
Mocha. A Mocha combines espresso, chocolate syrup, and steamed milk. It is topped-off with a thin layer of foam.
Café Au Lait. The Café Au Lait is made by combining 2/3 drip coffee with 1/3 steamed milk.
With all of these great options for your morning cup of coffee, why are we choosing the Café Au Lait to focus on today?Making a Simple Café Au Lait. Making a Café Au Lait is simple, and you probably already have the main ingredients (coffee and milk) you need at home today.
To make the perfect Café Au Lait, as we did, you will need:
Here is how to make this Café Au Lait:
Brew your coffee however you typically do. We like using a French Press for maximum strength and flavor.
While the coffee is brewing, heat about 1 – 2 cups of the Oat Milk on the stove until near boiling, then remove.
When the coffee is ready, pour it into your coffee mug, about 2/3 the way full.
Then, using the milk frother, froth the Oat Milk until desired level of foam is reached.
Pour the Oat Milk to fill the rest of the coffee cup.
Prep time: 5 minutes
- 8-12 ounces brewed Stumptown Coffee – House Blend
- 1-2 cups Elmhurst Oat Milk
- Brew coffee.
- While coffee is brewing, heat the Oat Milk on the stove until near boiling, then remove.
- When the coffee is ready, pour it into your coffee mug, about 2/3 the way full.
- Using a milk frother, froth the Oat Milk until desired level of foam is reached.
- Pour the Oat Milk to fill the rest of the coffee cup.