How to make a Spanish latte

What is a Spanish Latte Source:

Have you ever heard of Spanish latte? You may already be familiar with making a regular latte, but this variation might pique your interest. Spanish latte combines espresso with frothed regular milk and condensed milk, which puts an interesting twist on the traditional latte. If you're new to this, you've come to the right place.

In this blog post we will talk about the Spanish latte. Whether you're a seasoned coffee lover or someone just starting to explore specialty coffee, it's always fun to try something new. You might like to expand your latte repertoire with this unique variant.

We will discuss what exactly a Spanish latte is, how to prepare the espresso, and the steps you can follow to make this special drink at home. Making a Spanish latte doesn't have to be complicated, and we hope you find it as interesting to learn as we do.

What is a Spanish latte?

Spanish latte is an intriguing twist on the traditional latte served in many coffee houses. While it's not as well known as some other coffee drinks, it's a flavorful choice that's worth trying if you're looking for something different and sweet.

The basis of a Spanish latte is espresso, just like a regular latte. What sets this latte apart, however, is the combination of frothed normal milk and condensed milk. The condensed milk gives it a sweeter taste and richer texture, resulting in a luxurious experience without being overdone. It also doesn't have to be too sweet, which I don't like, by not using too much condensed milk.

The Spanish latte is also called "Café con Leche Lechera", which literally means "Coffee with Dairy Milk". Although the name may sound a bit unusual, it is a good description of what to expect. The combination of the different types of milk with the espresso creates a balanced taste that is neither too strong nor too sweet.

Making a Spanish latte at home can be a fun way to expand your coffee skills and try something new. If you love lattes but are looking for a new twist to your morning routine, this could be just what you're looking for. In the following sections we will delve deeper into the methods to make a perfect Spanish latte.

Making espresso

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Espresso is at the heart of many favorite coffee drinks, and it also plays a crucial role in the Spanish latte. Brewing good espresso is an art in itself, and understanding the basics is essential to preparing a flavorful Spanish latte.

First of all, you need a good espresso machine that is capable of delivering the high pressure needed to make espresso. The fanatics among us will probably opt for a semi-automatic espresso machine, but you can also create a nice basis with a fully automatic espresso machine. Selecting the right coffee beans is also important; a quality bean that is fresh and medium roasted can significantly improve the flavor. Grinding the beans to the right fineness is also crucial. Grinding too coarse or too fine can result in a weak or bitter espresso.

For a detailed explanation of what exactly espresso is and how to best make it, visit this informative page about espresso on our website. It's a handy guide to help you make the perfect espresso, whether you're a beginner or have experience. This blog has already helped many of our followers perfect their favorite espresso and, above all, keep it consistent!

Mastering the art of espresso brewing may take some time and practice, but it is a skill that lays the foundation for many delicious coffee drinks. Once you know how to make a good espresso, you are well on your way to preparing an excellent Spanish latte.

Preparation of the Spanish Latte

Now that you know how to make a good espresso, it's time to dive into the specific steps for preparing a Spanish latte. This process combines the well-known methods of a traditional latte with the addition of condensed milk.

  1. Make espresso: Start by brewing a single or double shot of espresso, depending on your preference. This espresso forms the basis of your Spanish latte.

  2. Adding condensed milk: Add condensed milk to the espresso to taste. Some people prefer a sweeter taste, while others want to add just a hint.

  3. Frothing milk: Use fresh whole milk and froth it until it reaches the desired consistency. This can be done with a steam wand from an espresso machine or a separate milk frother.

  4. Mixing: Carefully pour the frothed milk over the espresso and condensed milk combination. The result should be a creamy and rich mixture, with a subtle sweetness that enhances the sweetness of the espresso.

  5. Serve and enjoy: Serve the Spanish latte immediately and enjoy the unique taste. You can add a little cinnamon or other spices to further enrich the taste if desired.

Preparing a Spanish latte is no more complicated than making a regular latte, but the addition of condensed milk makes it a special treat. Whether you make it as a morning treat or as an afternoon pick-me-up, the Spanish latte is a pleasant change from your daily coffee routine.

Variations and creative twists

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One of the great things about making coffee at home is that you have the freedom to experiment and put your own spin on traditional recipes. This is no different with the Spanish latte. Here are some variations and creative twists you can try:

  1. Sweetness Adjustment: The amount of condensed milk you add largely determines the sweetness of the Spanish latte. Add more or less depending on your taste preference.

  2. Addition of Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg or even cocoa can add interesting layers of flavor to the Spanish latte. Experiment with different spices to create a unique flavor profile.

  3. Use of Alternative Milks: If you are lactose intolerant, vegan or just want to try something different, you can experiment with plant-based milks such as almond, soy or oat milk.

  4. Iced Spanish Latte: For a summer treat, try making a chilled version of the Spanish latte. Serve over ice for a refreshing twist on the traditional recipe (or add a scoop of ice cream to the espresso, which is my favorite a la de affogato ).

  5. Personalized Presentation: In addition to the taste, you can also experiment with the presentation. Try different glasses or cups, or practice your latte art skills to personalize the look.

The great thing about the Spanish latte is that it is both simple and versatile. You can follow the basic recipe or use your own creativity to make something new and interesting. As with many things in the coffee world, the possibilities are nearly endless and limited only by your own imagination.


Spanish latte is more than just another coffee drink; it's a delicious and versatile option that can be a welcome change from the usual coffee routine. With its unique combination of espresso, frothed milk and condensed milk, it offers a taste experience that is both familiar and surprising.

In this blog post, we've explored the process of making a Spanish latte step by step, from making the perfect espresso to adding your own creative twists. Whether you're an experienced home barista or someone just starting to explore specialty coffee, making a Spanish latte is accessible and fun.

We hope you're inspired to try this captivating drink for yourself. With a little practice and some experimentation, you can refine your skills and enjoy a perfect Spanish latte, just the way you like it. It's another wonderful example of how the world of coffee is so rich and varied, with always something new to discover and enjoy.

Thanks for reading, and happy coffee making!