Breve Coffee: The Creamy Espresso Delight You Need to Try

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Breve Coffee: Have you ever heard of breve coffee? If not, don’t worry; it’s not a traditional Italian espresso drink. However, if the idea of a latte made even richer and creamier piques your interest, this article is definitely worth reading.

Join us as we dive into this modern American espresso beverage that’s so indulgent it can double as dessert.

What Is Breve Coffee?

Breve coffee, also known as café breve, caffè breve, coffee breve, or breve latte, is a rich, creamy, and sweet twist on the traditional latte.

Breve Coffee vs. Latte In breve coffee, half-and-half is used instead of milk, making it richer, creamier, and sweeter than a typical latte. Due to its dessert-like qualities, it’s often enjoyed as a treat rather than a morning beverage.

Although it has an Italian name, caffè breve is far more popular in America than in Italy. This aligns with the American love for dessert-like coffee drinks often found in Starbucks-style cafes. Unlike traditional Italian coffee, the caffè breve stands out for its indulgence.

Why Breve Coffee Is Unique Half-and-half, the key ingredient, offers a perfect balance—not as heavy as whipping or heavy cream but richer than whole milk. This combination provides a luxurious texture without being overly heavy.

Origin of the Name “Breve” The term “breve” means “short” in Italian. It is believed that the name comes from the fact that half-and-half doesn’t aerate as much as milk, resulting in a drink with less volume when frothed.

Ingredients You Need:

  • A double shot of espresso (2 ounces)
  • 4 ounces of half-and-half
  • A milk frother
  • A latte or cappuccino cup (6 to 8 ounces)

Breve Coffee at a Glance:

  • Brew Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink

Notes for Preparation:

  • Coffee Choice: Use a dark roast, such as French or Italian, to balance the rich and sweet half-and-half.
  • DIY Half-and-Half: If you don’t have store-bought half-and-half, you can make your own by mixing equal parts whole milk and light cream, aiming for 10-12% milk fat.
  • Steaming Half-and-Half: For the best results, use a steam wand on your espresso machine to steam the half-and-half. If you don’t have a steam wand, a separate milk frother can work, though it might not achieve the same texture.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious breve coffee that’s perfect for any dessert-like coffee craving.

How To Make a Breve Coffee

Ready to craft a rich and delicious caffè breve at home? Gather your materials, and let’s get started! You’re just three simple steps away from enjoying this creamy espresso beverage.

What You Need:

  • Double shot of espresso (2 ounces)
  • 4 ounces of half-and-half
  • Milk frother or steam wand
  • Latte or cappuccino cup (6 to 8 ounces)

Step 1: Prepare a Double Espresso

The best way to make a double shot of espresso is to use a quality espresso machine or latte machine. A latte machine is preferable as it also allows you to froth milk.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use an Aeropress, Moka Pot, Nespresso machine, or even a French Press to brew a very strong coffee. While you won’t get the exact rich and creamy texture of authentic espresso, the half-and-half will add the necessary richness to your drink.

Pro Tip: Preheat your mug by pouring a little boiling water into it and letting it warm while you prepare the coffee. This helps ensure your drink is served at the right temperature.

Step 2: Steam the Half-and-Half

For the best results, use a steam wand to steam the half-and-half. Steam wands inject dry steam into cold milk, creating a silky smooth texture. If your espresso machine lacks a steam wand, a milk frother is a good alternative. You can use a manual, wand, or electric frother to achieve a similar effect.

Pro Tip: If you prefer a cappuccino-like texture, aerate the half-and-half more to create a thicker foam. This allows you to make a drink with one-third espresso, one-third steamed half-and-half, and one-third foam.

Step 3: Assemble Your Drink

To assemble your breve latte, use a spoon to hold back the foamed milk in your frothing pitcher. Pour the steamed half-and-half over the espresso in your latte glass until you have about twice as much cream as espresso. Then, spoon a layer of milk foam on top.

Pro Tip: Breve lattes are usually served unsweetened because the steamed half-and-half naturally tastes sweeter than steamed milk. Even if you typically add syrup to your latte, consider trying your breve latte without additional sweeteners.

Enjoy Your Breve Coffee!

A breve coffee offers a rich and creamy twist on the traditional latte, perfect for an indulgent breakfast addition or a luxurious liquid dessert. Whether you’re new to espresso drinks or an experienced coffee enthusiast, this simple yet decadent beverage is sure to impress.

Want More Espresso Variations?

If you enjoyed making a breve coffee, consider trying a Freddo espresso next time for a frothy and refreshing espresso treat.