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Caffè Misto: Everything You Need To Know

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Is it different from a latte or a cappuccino? Sure it is! Read below to learn more about caffe misto, a simple and interesting coffee drink.

Caffe Misto is a recent addition to the Starbucks menu. It’s a milky coffee drink, although quite different from other traditional beverages like cappuccino, macchiato, and latte.

What is Caffè Misto?

In short, Caffe Misto consists of equal parts of drip coffee and frothed milk. To make a tasty drink using this drip coffee to milk ratio, baristas brew drip coffee stronger than usual, and they use a dark roast to compensate for its watery mouthfeel.

The caffe misto price for a tall cup can be less than 3$, and it tends to be cheaper than espresso-based drinks. This makes it a budget-friendly alternative.

Caffè Misto vs Latte

Caffe Latte, or Latte, as we usually call it, it’s an espresso-based drink. Baristas serve lattes using frothed milk, topping the drink with a latte art form.

A latte is usually lighter in color but has a thicker mouthfeel.
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The main difference between Caffe Misto and Latte is the type of coffee they use. Latte is based on espresso, while Caffe Misto has drip coffee.

Considering the differences between both espresso and drip coffee, they have different tastes and baristas build the drinks differently.

Espresso has a stronger, more concentrated flavor than drip coffee does, so a latte usually has two parts of milk for each part of coffee. In contrast, Caffe Misto has equal parts of coffee and milk, so although it has more coffee, it has a lighter mouthfeel.

In common, both drinks use frothed milk. However, due to the size and body of the Caffe Misto, it’s unlikely to pour latte art forms on top of it.

Cafe au Lait vs Caffè Misto

Cafe au Lait is the French relative of Caffe Latte and Caffe Misto. Simply put, it’s a mix of drip coffee and milk, but the ratios depend widely on preference. To some extent, cafe au lait is a homemade coffee drink, although most coffee shops in France serve it as well, particularly to go along with breakfast.

Besides coffee to milk ratios, milk preparation is the main difference between Cafe au Lait and Caffe Misto. While a Misto has frothed milk, Cafe au Lait has warm milk, without frothing.

Caffe Misto vs. Cappuccino

Comparing cappuccino and caffe misto makes sense when we think about milk to coffee ratio only. However, cappuccino -like the caffe latte- is an espresso-based drink, unlike the caffe misto that’s made with drip coffee.

How Does It Taste

Predicting a coffee drink taste based on coffee to milk ratios is a wild thing. I can get really snobby here and talk about processing methods, roast type, and brew strength.

But, it has a strong coffee taste and looks darker than a latte -assuming that you’re using a strong drip coffee with twice the scoops that you use normally.

Talking about it, to make a good Caffe Misto takes a strong drip coffee. But, let’s get to it in the next section.

How to make a Caffè Misto at home?

You don’t need fancy coffee gear to make a Caffe Misto. In fact, you only need a home coffee maker and a milk frother to brew a good one.

Using a French Press can get you an even richer cup of Caffe Misto because the brew tends to be bolder and stronger. In any case, you can use this calculator to measure the coffee to water ratio.

For Caffe Misto, I use 20 grams or 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water. For a stronger cup, you can use 2 tablespoons (29 gr) of coffee per cup of water. Bear in mind that drip coffee will generally be weaker than French Press coffee.

While your coffee is ready, heat your milk for a few seconds. Avoid putting it to a boil. Even if it’s warm a regular frother will get you a nice microfoam.

Once you get a layer of microfoam of 1/2 inch, stop and let it rest a bit, while you serve the coffee.

Then, pour the milk, saving the foam for the top.

And voilá! You can decorate with cinnamon or dark cocoa powder if you like. I am used to drinking my Caffe Misto without addons, but I like to add cinnamon occasionally.

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F.A.Q

Coffee menus aren’t a bit difficult because coffee shops use the same words to refer to different drinks. Moreover, many coffee shops use different words to talk about the very same drink.

So, it’s natural that you have some questions about Caffe Misto. I’ll do my best to answer them in advance, but feel free to leave your questions below in the comments. I’m happy to help!

Is An Americano With Hot Milk The Same As A Cafe Misto?

Americano close up

Drip coffee and Americano are different. So, an Americano with hot milk isn’t a Cafe Misto, and they will taste and look different.
Bear in mind that Caffe Misto has frothed milk, so it shows an appealing top of microfoam. In contrast, an Americano with hot milk looks like any regular cup of coffee with creamer.
Starbucks Caffe Misto with syrup usually has a considerably higher calorie count. A single tablespoon of Hazelnut syrup has 80 calories, according to the Very Well Recipe Nutrition Calculator.

How many calories are in a Cafe Misto?

Black coffee has very few calories, so it depends heavily on the type of milk you’re using for it.
As a reference, using the Very Well Recipe Nutrition Calculator, I got the following values for 1/2 cup of milk -remember that the other half is black coffee.
– Whole milk: 83 calories
– Soy milk: 68 calories
– Oat milk: 68 calories
– Skimmed milk: 46 calories
– Almond milk (Unsweetened): 31 calories
Black coffee is very low in calories, so it only adds about 7 to 9 calories per cup. Bear in mind that sugar, syrups, and other add-ons change drastically these nutritional facts.
In any case, always check your milk’s label to have a better estimate.

How much Caffeine is in a Cafe Misto?

Caffeine content can vary significantly. Moreover, the National Coffee Association states that an 8 oz cup of coffee can have between 65 mg and 120 mg of caffeine.
In short, if you drink an 8 oz Caffe Misto it has half of that caffeine dosage, between 32.5 mg and 60 mg of caffeine.

Is A Cafe Misto Sweet?

Thick caramel

You can customize your Starbucks Caffe Misto as much as you want, adding sweet syrups like hazelnut, caramel, or chocolate are good alternatives for this drink. However, the original recipe doesn’t include any sweet syrup, and you can add sugar, but it isn’t mandatory.
Personally, I prefer to drink coffee without sugar because it’s healthier and I can appreciate the coffee aroma and taste better.

You can customize your Starbucks Caffe Misto as much as you want, adding sweet syrups like hazelnut, caramel, or chocolate are good alternatives for this drink. However, the original recipe doesn’t include any sweet syrup, and you can add sugar, but it isn’t mandatory.

Personally, I prefer to drink coffee without sugar because it’s healthier and I can appreciate the coffee aroma and taste better.

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