A latte (shortened form of the Italian caffè latte or caffel latte pronounced [ˌkaffelˈlatte], meaning "coffee milk") is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. When used in English, the word is also sometimes incorrectly spelled latté or lattè—the diacritical mark being added as a hyperforeignism . Northern Europe and Scandinavia have traditionally used the term 'Café au lait' for espresso and milk, although in the US this term is used for brewed coffee and scalded milk. In France, 'caffè Latte' is mostly known from American coffee chains; a combination of espresso and steamed milk equivalent to a 'latte' is in French called Grand Crème and in German 'Milchkaffee' or 'Melange'. Variants include replacing the coffee with another drink base such as masala chai (spiced Indian tea), mate or matcha, and other types of milk like soy milk are also used.
A Quadruple shot Venti Latte refers to a beverage available at Starbucks:
- Quadruple = 4 times
- shot = portions of espresso coffee
- venti = size of the beverage (size terminology used at Starbucks Coffee Houses)
- latte = See above
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