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Why Are Lattes So Popular

what If I  told you to name the most popular coffee order in the country, what would you say? Coffee with milk and sugar, perhaps? Maybe iced coffee? No, cold brew. Wait, scratch that, nitro brew.

If any of those drinks came to mind, you might be wrong. According to the Specialty Coffee Association and Square, a credit card processing service, the coffee drink that was ordered the most between June 2017 and June 2018 was, in fact, the traditional latte. Americans drank over 67 million lattes during that time frame.

While the latte may not seem like the most riveting coffee choice, it is one of the most versatile drinks, with its ability to adopt a lot of different flavors and customizations. That kind of flexibility applies greatly to American coffee drinkers, who typically request two add-ons to their coffee order.

What Is A Latte, And How Is It Made

For those who don’t already know, a latte is a creamy espresso drink. In fact, it’s creamier than its other espresso-laden counterparts, such as the cappuccino and the macchiato. There’s a reason for that—most of the warm drink is made up of steamed milk. That piping hot milk is poured over top a shot of espresso and then topped with milk foam, which is typically traced into beautiful art—most commonly a heart or the intricate leaf-like rosetta.

What’s The History Of The Latte

The latte is several centuries old, having origins in Italy. The drink’s full name is caffé latte,” which quite literally means milk coffee. In western countries, however, the caffé part is dropped. Pro tip: make sure to say the drink’s full name in Italy, otherwise, you may just end up with a warm glass of milk.

 There A Difference Between A Cappuccino And A Latte

Yes, there is definitely a difference! The cappuccino is the latte’s fraternal twin if you will. While both warm drinks consist of just one shot of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam—in that exact order, might I add—the difference is subtle, yet it completely alters the texture of the drink. A cappuccino is prepared with less milk but much more milk foam, which gives it that desired frothy finish. A latte, on the other hand, is much creamier and smoother because it has more of the steamed milk in it.

What Are Some Of The Craziest Latte Flavors

Basically, anything that is sweet or herbal can be infused into a latte. Do I even need to make mention of the pumpkin spice latte, more commonly dubbed the “PSL?” (pumpkin spice latte) Salted caramel, lavender, and lemon can be latte flavors, too. There was even a unicorn latte invented by the Brooklyn-based coffee shop The End.

It’s possible that after reading this article, you may feel inclined to change your coffee order to a customized latte. Just make sure you have at least $5 ready to go in your wallet—in the U.S., the average latte costs $4.16.

And now that you got your drink order down for your next Starbucks run, it’s time to decide what to get off the breakfast menu, too…

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.


2019-01-06 at 5:37 pm

Lattes are my kryptonite…

    2019-01-06 at 5:58 pm

    I am a creature of habit typically I get cold brew of some sort. During the holiday season i’ll get a latte.

      2019-01-06 at 6:09 pm

      I used to stop at Starbucks every single day on my way to work. I finally realized I was spending waaaaaay too much money on coffee, so I invested in a Keurig and started making coffee at home and putting it into a travel mug. Now Starbucks is only for Mondays.

      2019-01-06 at 6:49 pm

      I understand spending alot at starbucks. For me (not anymore) but at one point i was spending $40 a week (if not more) on coffee and bake good from starbucks. Now I only go to starbucks once or twice a week.

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