How to Make Cafe con Leche Mexican Coffee
Cafe con Leche
Similar to the French café au lait and the Italian caffè e latte, café con leche is a coffee beverage consisting of strong or bold coffee (sometimes espresso) mixed with scalded milk in approximately a 1:1 ratio. Sugar or a pinch of salt are added according to taste.
Another popular and fast way of making cafe con leche is with the use of Nescafe instant coffee granules. This is sometimes referred to as Nescafe con leche, which of course it is, but if you have never tried it, please don't let the thought of instant coffee put you off. This is certainly something that is going to surprise you when it comes to deep rich flavor. The Nescafe Classico gives this coffee the body it needs to stand up to the creaminess of the milk.
The traditional way of serving cafe con leche is with raw sugar, this is very easy to find in almost every grocery store, or can be ordered directly from Amazon along with the Nescafe Classico. Give this coffee a try to it will soon become a favorite treat! And for something truly indulgent, add a little Mexican cajeta to your coffee ... whether it's cafe con leche or your regular morning brew, cajeta is delicious. Of course, it makes a great topping for everything from ice cream to pound cake, so why not coffee as well!
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Mexican Cafe con Leche
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Make a perfect cup of Cafe con Leche
To make Cafe con Leche
To make a good cup of cafe con leche you need to start with good coffee beans. You'll need a good strong, robust coffee, not the kind you buy in a can. You'll want a dark coffee brewed with freshly ground coffee beans.
You also need to think about the water you'll use. Consider a filtered or bottled water for your coffee. If you don't drink the water straight from your tap, don't use it for your coffee either. Your coffee will only be as good as the beans and water you use to make it!
The best way to brew your coffee is with a stove top espresso maker. These are relatively inexpensive and very easy to use. You certainly don't need some big fancy machine to make your cafe con leche. To make the coffee, fill the bottom half of the espresso maker with cold water. Fill the metal filter area in the middle with finely ground coffee and screw the pieces together. Place the coffee pot on the stove and heat until the water boils up into the top chamber and it fills up. When you hear air spurting and the top of the pot is full of coffee, it’s ready and you can turn the burner off.
Warm some milk, either in a saucepan on the stove or in a cup in the microwave. Whole milk is traditional, but you can get by with 2% if you prefer.
Everyone has their own preference as to the ratio of coffee to milk, so you'll need to experiment to see how you like yours. Start with about 1/3 coffee to 2/3 warm milk and add more coffee if you prefer.
If you like your coffee sweetened, add a little sugar to taste. Some people also like to add a tiny pinch of salt.
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Nescafe con Leche
Nescafe con Leche
Another method of making cafe con leche, which is very popular in Mexico, is to use Nescafe.
Warm some whole milk, either on the stove in a saucepan, or in a cup in the microwave. Add the instant Nescafe powder to the warmed milk and sweeten with raw sugar if desired. I know a lot of people will be appalled at the idea of using instant coffee, but you'd be surprised what a delicious cafe con leche you can make with Nescafe. Try it and you might be a convert! Nescafe now makes an instant coffee powder Nescafe con leche, which is basically the Nescafe with powdered milk. I don't think this is as good as the traditional milk and Nescafe method, but it's another great alternative.
Raw Sugar for Cafe con Leche
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Be sure to try some of our other authentic Mexican recipes, such as amazing tamales that will have you wishing you could make them everyday! We also have several great recipes for Pastel de Tres Leches or Tres Leches Cake, the traditional favorite Mexican dessert recipe.
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