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  • How large is an ideal latte?

    Hi guys, Im about to place an order for some Duralex Picardie glassware.

    Im currently using 200ml cups. Will probably get the 160ml picardie cups as i find 200ml abit prone to over dilution with milk.


    Just curious, how do you guys take your lattes?

  • #2
    Re: How large is an ideal latte?

    I drink flat whites in a 200ml cup and a double shot certainly isnt over diluted by the milk.

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    • #3
      Re: How large is an ideal latte?

      For me, a latte should be a milky drink. Thats how it was designed and so I beleive they should be between 200 and 220mls. The idea of a double shot latte to me is absurd, if you wanted a stronger tasting coffee, order one with less milk, simple.
      Any smaller and you really mitigate any difference between a latte and a flate white.

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      • #4
        Re: How large is an ideal latte?

        I dont know what a "latté" is properly, but I make my milk coffee with a double ristretto in a 100ml glass <--.
        Greg

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        • #5
          Re: How large is an ideal latte?

          Got to be able to taste the coffee so 150ml for me. Nothing worse than milk with coffee flavour, may as well buy a Big M and steam some of that :P

          There is places I eat in my town that I dont drink the coffee for that reason Last time I sent one back and the owner came out guns firing to defend the swill I didnt go back for 3 years.

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          • #6
            Re: How large is an ideal latte?

            Originally posted by psaigh link=1217066261/0#2 date=1217084393
            For me, a latte should be a milky drink.  Thats how it was designed and so I beleive they should be between 200 and 220mls.  The idea of a double shot latte to me is absurd, if you wanted a stronger tasting coffee, order one with less milk, simple.
            Any smaller and you really mitigate any difference between a latte and a flate white.
            I hope what you said about the double shot wasnt aimed at my comment.

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            • #7
              Re: How large is an ideal latte?

              Interesting... most ppl prefer 200ml..


              Anyway, ive got my 160 ml duralex glasses and im happy. Its perfect for a 7g (half of a 14g) shot.

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              • #8
                Re: How large is an ideal latte?

                Im with you TG I normally have a double shot in my latte.  I like the taste of coffee but I like it with milk.  I have tried single shots but to me a double really gives you the taste of the bean through the milk. I normally use a 250 - or 290ml cup/bucket   8-)

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                • #9
                  Re: How large is an ideal latte?

                  "How large is an ideal latte?" - however large you want it to be! Youre the one drinking it

                  I believe that anything under 200mL be considered a piccolo latte, not that that matters

                  I find a traditional latte a bit weak and milky, so I drink ~160mL flat whites - generally with a double ristretto base.

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                  • #10
                    Re: How large is an ideal latte?

                    Originally posted by m@ link=1217066261/0#8 date=1217395127
                    "How large is an ideal latte?" - however large you want it to be! Youre the one drinking it
                    Totally agree. And TG, my prior response was not aimed as a reply/response to anything (except the title question). At the end of the day you should dirnk coffee the way you like to drink it. But for the sake of the argument of definition, I think its important to get back to the philosophy of why a particular style of drink was created. For the Latte, it was was children in italy to adapt to the ever potent flavour of espresso coffee, and such, was designed to be milky. Hence, for me, a latte should be 200-220mls and with one full shot of espresso (and for that matter, shouldnt be ordered by anyone over the age of 13). But thats just me, If you want a 160ml milk based drink with a double ristretto as the base, and wanna call it a latte I dont have a problem with that either. Each to their own

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                    • #11
                      Re: How large is an ideal latte?

                      If people want to call them lattes instead of cafe lattes they can do that too; but they run the risk of not getting what they hoped for.
                      Unless they are under 13.

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                      • #12
                        Re: How large is an ideal latte?

                        I play with toys for a living and am told I have the mental age of 10 : so do I qualify?

                        Just to make sure if having one made by someone else I ask for a strong one, it normally gets me the grown up version most of the time

                        To many coffes playing with my new grinder [smiley=2vrolijk_08.gif] off to go and bounce off some walls

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                        • #13
                          Re: How large is an ideal latte?

                          If people want to call them lattes instead of cafe lattes ;D

                          Too true TG, many a newbie to Italy has been served a glass of milk at the request of a Latte. 8-)

                          CB

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                          • #14
                            Re: How large is an ideal latte?

                            The 160 ml Duralex glasses and a double shot work for me , but after some of the roasting disasters Ive had lately; a 12 g basket and 200ml of milk are my preferences. mmmm , did someone say cafe latte.. ;-)

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                            • #15
                              Re: How large is an ideal latte?

                              as I always say - do the experiment -
                              my over roasted monsooned Malabar was evil with a double shot and 100 ml of milk but an extra 60 ml of milk made all the difference :-)

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