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    It seems traditional for latte to be served in glass containers.
    I would like to understand why glass instead of ceramic.
    Why not flat whites, too?
    I have only seen tumblers served in the places I have visited. I have seen on line sites offering elegant conical styles with handles.
    Please enlighten me.

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    Re: Latte in glass

    I would hazard a guess that its just the origin of the drink - ie it came from France, they liked glassware, thus thats the way its been continued around the world.

    (ie the Duralex Picardie glasses are commonly used, and they are made in france).

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    • #3
      Re: Latte in glass

      I found it very rare to see Lattes served in glass in Europe.

      What I do see in Australia is the drink cafes here call a Macchiato, served in glasses. Its usually in fact a Latte anyway.

      What you almost never see here is a true Macchiato - either a single or double espresso with a stain of milk - in Italy a teaspoon or 2 of cold milk poured down the side of the espresso.

      Another reason some cafes probably use glasses for Lattes in Australia is to distinguish easily from a Cappuccino.

      AFAIK a Flat White is just the uniquely Australian term for a Latte.

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      • #4
        Re: Latte in glass

        here in Indonesia they do both.. some do with glass some ceramic. At my brothers cafe we serve them in Libbey glass cups because we lived and serve up Australian style coffee where Lattes are served in glass. and the flat whites and cappuccino served in ceramic cups.

        went to a melbourne style cafe that just opened and they served up their flat whites in a latte glass cup. so its really up to the establishments choice i think.

        as for macchiatos we serve them on a espresso ceramic demitasse with a double ristretto base and a teaspoon of foam.

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        • #5
          Re: Latte in glass

          Originally posted by 7C676D666F7C6A517D0E0 link=1308706736/0#0 date=1308706736
          It seems traditional for latte to be served in glass containers....
          Good fun question and I will disagree by asking, where is it traditional  ?  Here maybe, where it may have been "traditional" for say no more than 10 to 15 years??? 

          AFAIK "latte" is a strangely western way of shortening the name "caffe latte", which means milk coffee in Italian. Milk coffee based on espresso, in Italy, as far as I know is all served in a cup?

          Also I understand that depending on which city you visit (in Oz), some will serve a "latte" in a glass and a flat white (also a caffe latte but with less froth than a "latte") in a cup, while in other cities, it is the other way around  ???????????

          So I guess you have ask, in which locality is the "tradition" you refer to being performed  ?

          The so called "latte" is a very strange invention and interpretation of a milk coffee, especially considering that a flat whiite actually is a milk coffee and that the only apparent difference between them is the vessel in which they are served, and the standard level of froth allowed on top (being more on a latte and less on the flat white...read the spec in manuals, its in there...) So will the *real* milk coffee / caffe latte / larteh please stand up?

          In which case does it really matter what vessels any of it is served in, especially considering how the volumetric measure of cups / glasses used in any particular eatery with a coffee machine ("cafe") vary by so much?  ;D

          Did someone mention "macchiatos"? Lets not start on that one then eh!

          Rgdz,
          Attilio.

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          • #6
            Re: Latte in glass

            Being a bit OCD, I must admit I like to see some consistency in what sort of coffee is served in what type of cup. I like my lattes, Piccolo & regular in Duralex, my Macchiato & Espresso in a Demi, and a ceramic cup (not a mug) for the rest. I find it a bit off-putting when it comes in something Im not expecting. A cafe recently served my Macchiato order in a small Duralex with the contents somewhere between the two. I wasnt sure whether they had made a Macchiato with too much milk or a Piccolo Latte with too little. It was awful anyhow.

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