Exact quote is : ” Can I have a Latte …please.” The quote is from the movie series Last Tango in Halifax. Season 1. Episode 1.
And so I wondered …what else can you put in a latte? I came up with all kinds of ideas. Decided to keep them to the milk products to make it easier for my esteemed readers to comprehend the different taste levels of milk that can make or break a latte. Let’s start with the exotic milks. It was a real toss-up on which one of the two …Yak Milk or Water Buffalo Milk to start with. Let’s start with the latter one. Unbeknownst to me Water Buffalo Milk is also called fior di’ latte…. It means “milk’s flower.” All that delicious mozzarella cheese comes from Water Buffalo’s Milk. I could come up with two places in the U.S. that raise water buffalo and that was in Florida and in California. I could find only one country that consumes Water Buffallo Milk and that’s in India. Usually it’s with Masala Chai. A mixture of black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and black pepper. In the U.S. we might have a Dirty Chai. The milk products could be soy, cow’s milk, coconut milk or almond milk. Plus a shot or two of espresso. I could only find one place that serves Yak milk Lattes and that’s near London, – Costa Coffee in North Chingford. Reviewers said it was expensive but tasty. You can make your own Yak milk at home …coffee- hot , 2 TBLS. coconut oil, and 2 TBLS. of grass-fed unsalted butter…In your mixer churn until it’s frothy. I also add for fun a spoonful of honey, and a spoonful of turmeric. The weirdest latte I found is a chicken bone broth latte. First warm up the chicken bone broth to a boil..pour it into cups. Start heating up a 1/2 cup of cocunut milk ( carefully heated but not boiled , stirring constantly ..cooled and then frothed until fluffy. ) Then pour it on top of the warmed up bone broth and Enjoy! My daughter loves bone broth so I’m going to tell her about this latte! You can make lattes with goat milk as well. Reviewers stated it was a bit salty and had a grassy tangy flavor. It was noted that it blended better in tastes with a medium roast. There is also canned milk in the grocery stores you can also use. -Sweetened Condensed Milkis used to make Vietnamese Latte. Some folks think a skinny latte should be listed with all the other versions of lattes. I guess skim milk is a milk product. An article I read basically stated that skinny lattes unfortunately only make you fatter. The Fat in milk carries the flavors while telling the body it’s full. Whereas with Skim milk both is hard to digest and it doesn’t give you a sense of fullness. Afterwards you might find yourself in the sweet pastry area with wild abandonment because you are still hungry! It’s funny about a blog …you do learn things you’d otherwise probably would miss in life. Oh well…enjoy the lattes!