Cafe Con Leche (Mexico)

(4 servings)

  • 2/3 cups freshly ground coffee
  • 2 cups water - boiling
  • 2 cups milk
  • sugar - to taste
  • recommended utensil: a coffee press
Café con leche translates from Spanish to English as simply "coffee with milk". While easy to make, the beverage has more complexity of flavor than the name implies. The milk is scalded (gently boiled) which brings out a creamy dairy flavor that's less apparent when milk or cream is added cold or at room temperature. If you don’t have a French press, use strong, fresh drip coffee. (This recipe was photographed by Mr Breakfast in August 2014.)

Cafe Con Leche Recipe

How To Make Cafe Con Leche

Place the grounds in the bottom of your coffee press. (If you don't have a coffee press, you can get by with a glass pitcher.) Add the boiling water and allow the coffee to steep for 5 minutes.

While coffee is steeping, place milk in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring the milk to a low boil and immediately reduce heat to a simmer - stir occasionally.

Back to the coffee... press down the plunger of your press to strain the coffee grounds. (If no press, use a fine strainer to remove grounds.)

Transfer hot milk to a serving pitcher. Add coffee to the milk.

Distribute the Cafe Con Leche evenly among 4 cups.

Making Cafe Con Leche

Add sugar to taste. A little cinnamon sprinkled in each cup is nice optional final touch.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank CornFlake for this recipe.

Recipe number 1750. Submitted 5/24/2006.