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Café con leche

To start a great day, many people around the world rely on their morning cup of coffee. There are numerous ways of preparing coffee, each with its particular taste and quality. One of the variations, popular particularly in Spain and Latin America, is Café con Leche. This flavorful variation, which beautifully marries, coffee and milk, creates a symphony of taste that warms the body and awakens the mind.

What is café con Leche?

Café con Leche, which directly translates to 'coffee with milk', is a popular traditional beverage in many Spanish-speaking countries. It is typically made up of strong coffee (usually espresso) and scalded milk in approximately equal quantities. The method of preparation and the ratio may vary depending on personal taste, geographical location, and cultural preference. In some countries, it is customary to sweeten Café con Leche, while in others, sugar is optional. Although similar to other coffee and milk beverages like the Italian cappuccino or latte, Café con Leche has its distinct taste and procedure that gives it a unique personality.

The origin and culture of café con Leche

Culturally, Café con Leche plays a significant role in the social and culinary lifestyle of Spanish and Latin American people. It is often breakfast’s coffee of choice, usually served with toast, pastries, or churros. But its consumption is not exclusive to mornings; it is typically enjoyed at any time of the day.


Café con Leche, in the literal sense, might not have a specific origin story. Its concept of mixing coffee and milk is prevalent in many cultures. However, the term "Café con Leche" is linked to Spain, where coffee was introduced sometime in the 17th century, and subsequently spread to its colonies.

How to prepare café con leche

The preparation of Café con Leche involves two critical components: coffee and milk. Here is a simple way to make it:



  • 1/2 cup of strong coffee or espresso
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • Sugar, to taste (if desired)


  1. Start by brewing a strong coffee. The Spanish usually prefer espresso, but any intense, full-bodied coffee should work.

  2. Simultaneously, heat the milk without bringing it to a boil. Traditionally, the milk is scalded - heated to just below the boiling point to infuse it with more sweetness and a more delicate texture.

  3. Pour the freshly brewed coffee into a large cup.

  4. Then add the heated milk to the coffee.

  5. If desired, add sugar for sweetness. Stir well until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  6. Serve immediately, and enjoy.

Café con Leche made with TASSIMO T DISCs

Enjoy a delectable café con leche in the comfort of your home with the TASSIMO coffee machine and Tassimo T DISCs. Whether you prefer the robust flavors of espresso or a strong coffee, TASSIMO offers a variety of options to suit your taste. With this convenient system, you have the freedom to add warm milk yourself, ensuring the perfect balance of coffee and creaminess. Prepare a satisfying and authentic café con leche at any time, just the way you like it, with the TASSIMO machine and T DISCs.

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Final sip

Café con Leche is more than just a coffee drink. It is part of a rich cultural tradition, an everyday comfort, and a reflection of Spanish and Latin American hospitality. Whether you enjoy it at home, in a café or as part of a large family breakfast, Café con Leche is a versatile beverage that can bring warmth and flavor to your day.

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