WHAT IS CAFÉ AU LAIT?
Café au lait is equal parts brewed coffee and hot milk and can be made in a variety of sizes, usually ranging from 6, all the way up to 20 ounces. To follow the most authentic recipe, the milk is typically steamed to create a smooth, creamy texture. Because they’re made with coffee, café au laits are more mellow in taste than espresso-based drinks like lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos.
There are versions of café au lait served all over Europe, including café con leche in Spain, café com leite in Portugal, koffie verkeerd in the Netherlands and milchkaffee in Germany. You can find an American version of café au lait in New Orleans, which combines a coffee and chicory root blend with milk.