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Mexican Café con Leche

Dive into the comforting embrace of Café con Leche, a classic coffee of Spain and Latin America that seamlessly blends the boldness of espresso with the creamy richness of milk.

This beloved beverage is a go-to for those who crave a harmonious balance of strong coffee and velvety smoothness.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Coffee enthusiasts who appreciate the perfect marriage of coffee and milk.
  • Estimated Duration: Quick and satisfying, around 5 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: A well-rounded mix of caffeine and dairy goodness.

About This Recipe

Café con Leche, meaning “coffee with milk” in Spanish, is a timeless drink that captures the essence of indulgence in a simple cup.

Equipment Required

  1. Espresso machine or strong brewed coffee
  2. Milk frother or steamer
  3. Sugar (optional)


  • 1 shot of freshly brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • Equal parts steamed milk


  1. Brew the Coffee: Prepare a shot of espresso or a strong cup of coffee.
  2. Steam the Milk: Froth or steam the milk until it’s velvety and warm.
  3. Combine: Pour the steamed milk over the coffee.
  4. Sweeten (Optional): Add sugar to taste if you prefer a sweeter note.

Side Dishes

Pair your Café con Leche with a slice of pan dulche leche, or churros for a delightful breakfast experience.

Storage Options

Best enjoyed fresh; however, if you have leftover coffee, refrigerate and reheat gently on the stove before adding steamed milk.

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different types of milk, such as almond or oat, for a dairy-free alternative.


For a twist, add a dash of cinnamon or cocoa powder on top for an extra layer of flavor. For other drinks, consider these alternatives:

Café de Olla: This Mexican spiced coffee is prepared by simmering ground coffee with cinnamon and piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar).

Carajillo: Coffee with liqueur or rum.


Café con Leche is more than a coffee with milk; it’s a moment of indulgence that brings together the boldness of coffee and the creamy comfort of milk. Whether enjoyed in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up, this Spanish classic is sure to satisfy your coffee cravings. ¡Salud y café! (Cheers and coffee!)