Cafe con Leche

While at a local breakfast joint in town I spotted a drink called Cafe con Leche. I wanted to try it and I fell in love. The smooth thick texture of the drink just melted my dislike of most coffee drinks. Adding some sugar had me hooked to the drink. Later on I wanted to recreate the drink.

Café con leche (Spanish: “coffee with milk”) is a Spanish coffee beverage. More similar to the Italian caffè latte than to the French café au lait, 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 sweetener is added according to taste.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 Tbsp coffee per cup of water (use a darker roast, such as French roast, for best results)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • sugar to taste (I add 4 sugar cubes = 2 tsp)

Step 1: Place coffee in bottom of pre-warmed French press or compress it down in the filter of coffee maker.

Step 2: Add boiling water, replace lid (without lowering filter), and allow to brew for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Meanwhile, place milk in a small saucepan.

Step 4: Bring just to boiling point (the first larger bubble breaking on surface), then reduce heat to barely simmering.

Step 5: Simmer gently for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until coffee is done

Step 6: After the 5 minutes are up, depress plunger on press to strain grounds.

Step 7: Divide coffee evenly between 2 mugs.

Step 8: Add hot milk to each cup in equal amounts to coffee. (strain milk before adding)

Step 9: Sweeten to taste. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon, if desired.


  • Instead of simmering the milk in a saucepan you can place it in the microwave and heat it until it is almost boiling

  • Once you’ve heated the milk and the coffee is ready, it is time to mix them. Everyone’s tastes are different and microwaves vary in how much power (watts) they use, so I can’t tell you exactly how much milk to use or how long to leave it in the microwave. I can tell you that the typical proportion is about 1/3 cup of coffee to 2/3 cup hot milk. I recommend putting 1/2 cup of hot milk in a mug first, then slowly adding the hot coffee. If it needs more of one or the other, you can add it until you get it just right!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brenda
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 12:25:33

    You are something else girl. I have shared this blog on my facebook page .


  2. Brenda
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 12:26:21

    Love this block. I have shared it on my facebook page


  3. Brenda
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 12:27:38

    Sorry I meant Blog….See you back on facebook Marry


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