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Frothy coffee top

Breve Coffee Recipe: How to make it at home without an espresso machine

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A breve latte is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed half-and-half instead of milk. It has a creamy, rich texture and a slightly sweet flavor. The espresso is combined with the half-and-half to create a smooth, velvety beverage that can be enjoyed hot or cold. A breve latte is similar to a cappuccino in that it has layers of foam on top, but it differs in that the foam is created from the combination of the espresso and half-and-half rather than just frothed milk. Breve lattes are often served with an extra shot of espresso for an added kick. Whether you’re looking for something to start your day or just need an afternoon pick-me-up, a breve latte will surely hit the spot.

  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


Units Scale

  • 15 g of medium-fine ground coffee. This is an approximate amount. Simply fill your portafilter without tamping

  • 60 ml of filtered water

  • 120 ml of half-and-half


  1. Prepare two demitasse cups of very strong Moka pot coffee (around 15 g of coffee per 60 ml of water).
  2. Heat half-and-half to 56-60 °C. Then, froth until it feels thick and smooth without making it excessively frothy.
  3. Preheat your cup with a bit of hot water. Discard the hot water and serve 100 ml of strong coffee.
  4. Add 120 ml of frothed half-and-half. And you’re ready to get an energy boost!
  5. Top with your favorite add-ons or enjoy as is!


We used Verywell’s Nutrition Calculator to obtain information on the recipe’s nutrition facts.

  • Author: Yker Valerio
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Coffee drinks


  • Serving Size: 200 ml
  • Calories: 133
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Sodium: 44 mg
  • Fat: 11.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.4 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 3.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 38 mg