Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 7:59pm Subject: Adding cream to a latte. Um. Why?
My little town has recently been blessed with a really good coffee shop. After 3 years of living in a coffee wasteland, I'm wasting no time in going there as often as possible and making a nuisance of myself to the baristas.
During tonight's visit, while swapping coffee horror stories, they began to tell me of customers who will come in and order a latte or cappuccino, then go over to the condiment bar... and pour CREAM onto the latte art. Not just sugar... cream. One guy even asked them to leave room at the top of his (latte) cup "for cream".
Why would anyone do this? I've heard other things, like the sugar thing, or the "I want lots and lots of dry foam" thing, but this one is new to me and I seriously think my brain is going to lock up trying to figure it out.
If it were just one person, I might think, "wow, they're really taking this paleo diet thing seriously." But it's several.
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Posted Thu May 16, 2013, 7:22am Subject: Re: Adding cream to a latte. Um. Why?
When something is free - well, the tendency is to use it. But the other thing is - it would add another dimension of creaminess. If you were selling brownies and had hot fudge available to pour over - I bet more than 1/2 would use it. Too much you think? Not for me. After all, I put whipped cream on ice cream. And I love a latte with sweetened condensed milk added - a Vietnamese latte I call it. Not all the time of course - but it's a great afternoon treat.
Posted Thu May 16, 2013, 12:53pm Subject: Re: Adding cream to a latte. Um. Why?
I think some people just love creamy coffee. As is the cream taste overpowering the coffee taste. If this cafe is making lattes with double or triple espresso lattes then maybe the target market coming in is just used to regular strength drinks. I sometimes add whip cream to my latte's :p
Posted Sun May 19, 2013, 2:48pm Subject: Re: Adding cream to a latte. Um. Why?
Skewing the perspective 37.5°, it may also be because they want to drink it immediately, and the latte, being made with heated milk, is just too hot for them to drink comfortably. They add the dairy to cool it down to drinking temperature.
Posted Fri May 31, 2013, 11:37pm Subject: Re: Adding cream to a latte. Um. Why?
I agree that it may be the temp. I've added cold milk to a latte to cool it a bit. Unfortunately, in my neck pf the woods, most "baristas" think: A little cup of very strong, very bitter coffee + a big cup of scalded milk = Latte.
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