The Gourmet Cafe Latte, in its golden yellow box, is one of our top-selling products. The luxurious drink blends the smooth flavor of Italian-style coffee with the creaminess of frothed milk. It’s a drink that seems somehow decadent, yet, with the added bonus of Ganoderama, is more like a little burst of flavor with benefits.
Did you know that in general the latte is a relatively new phenomenon? Let’s do a little LATTE 101:
- A latte is simply a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk.
- The English word is an abbreviated version of the Italian term “caffè latte” which means “coffee milk”.
- In Italian, “latte” literally means milk, so ordering a “latte” in Italy will get the customer a glass of milk.
- In English-speaking countries “latte” evolved as an abbreviation for “caffe latte”, the Italian term which is similar to the French café au lait and the Spanish café con leche.
- Historically, coffee and milk have been part of European cuisine since the 17th century. It is primarily Europeans who added milk to coffee, as no record of milk was found in coffee pre-1600 in Turkey or in the Arab world.
- According to the Oxford English Dictionary,the term “caffè latte” was first used in English in 1867 by writer William Dean Howells in his essay “Italian Journeys”.
- The contemporary popularity of the latte has spawned the creation of what has been dubbed “latte art” which is increasingly common everywhere where espresso coffee drinks are popular, such as North America, Europe, Australia and beyond. Created by pouring steaming, frothed milk into the coffee, that liquid is introduced into the beverage in such a way that patterns are distinguishable on the top of coffee.
- The Gourmet Cafe Latte was one of OG’s original products!