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Café au lait (French for "coffee with milk") is a French coffee drink. The meaning of the term differs between Europe and the United States; in both cases it means some kind of coffee with hot milk added, in contrast to white coffee, which is coffee with room temperature milk or other whitener added.
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A latte is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. The term as used in English is a shortened form of the Italian caffè latte or caffellatte, which means "milk coffee". The word is also sometimes incorrectly spelled latté or lattè in English with different kinds of accents, which can be a hyperforeignism or a deliberate attempt to help customers realize the word is not pronounced as this combination of letters would normally be interpreted by native speakers.
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Above we learned a few basic facts about Cafe au lait. Now let's have a bit of coffee fun. Below is a list of coffee related subjects great for reading. Let's learn about National Coffee Holidays and how to celebrate them. Along with that; let's serve some great coffee drinks with some delicious coffee cookies too. 
Café au lait (French for "coffee with milk") is a French coffee drink.

  • In Europe, "café au lait" stems from the same continental tradition as "caffè latte" in Italy, "café con leche" in Spain, "kawa biała" ("white coffee") in Poland, "Milchkaffee" in Germany, "koffie verkeerd" in Netherlands, and "café com leite" in Portugal, simply "coffee with milk". In northern Europe, café au lait is the name most often used in coffee shops. At home, it can be prepared from dark coffee and heated milk; in cafés, it has been prepared on espresso machines from espresso and steamed milk ever since these machines became available in the 1940s.

  • In many American coffeehouses, a café au lait is simply made with strong drip brewed or French pressed coffee substituted for espresso, though a French roast or similarly dark coffee may be the base of the beverage.

  • In the United States, caffè latte and café au lait are served as two distinct coffee beverages.

This is not the case in Europe, where the two terms are used more as an indication to whether the beverage is served in the "French" or the "Italian" way (the former being in a white porcelain cup or bowl, the latter in a kitchen glass, and always served from the espresso machine).

  • Drip brewed coffee with milk has no name in Europe.

  • The term misto (literally, "mixed") is also used to refer to a café au lait, most notably by Starbucks.

New Orleans style
Café au lait in New Orleans has been popularized in part by Café du Monde. There, it is made with milk and chicory, giving it a strong, bitter taste. Inclusion of roasted chicory root as an extender in coffee became common in colonial Louisiana, and eventually was incorporated in its local variant of the French-style coffee drink. The bitterness of the chicory offsets the sweetness of the powdered-sugar-covered beignets, a common accompaniment.
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Example Recipe for Café au lait

Literally "coffee with milk", café au lait is a drink made of coffee and scalded milk in a ratio of 1:1. It is the staple coffee drink of French Louisiana and is often served in bowls in Acadiana.

5 Tbsp (70g) Coffee grounds, can be: Dark (French) roast coffee or Coffee and chicory blend
3 Tbsp (42g) ground coffee and 2 Tbsp (28g) ground chicory, mixed
OR: 1.5-2 cups (350-475 ml) cold coffee concentrate
4 cups (950 ml) milk

1. Prepare four cups of coffee in your preferred manner -- drip, boil, seep, etc. If you are using coffee concentrate, add enough hot water to reach four cups of coffee.
2. At the same time, heat the milk over a low to medium heat until scalded.
3. Pour equal amounts of coffee and scalded milk into bowls or cups.  4. Enjoy.

Variations
Steamed milk can be substituted for scalded milk.
The milk can be heated in the cups by half filling each cup with milk and microwaving briefly. A 1,000W microwave oven will heat one half-cup of milk in 50 seconds, two in 60 seconds.

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This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses some material from Wikipedia/article Cafeaulait /cookbook and other related pages. 
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