Caffe latte, vanilla latte, cinnamon dolce latte, pumpkin spice latte… Wait? Did you say pumpkin spice latte? Yes, you heard right. Here are our favourite-favourite year-round flavoured lattes as well as seasonal delicacies.
Ever-ready flavoured lattes
If you’re a fan of lattes (caffeinated or decaffeinated), then you should up the game with flavoured lattes. In a nutshell, yummy syrup or powder is added to the caffe latte base. The drink can be served hot or cold. Popular flavours include, but are not limited to, caramel, cinnamon, peppermint, vanilla, marshmallow-coconut, and Irish crème.
Lattes can be adapted to certain seasons, temperatures and moods. If you’re looking for something unique that incorporates a seasonal treat, then think of pumpkin spice, orange, or strawberry-raspberry lattes.
With technology and the rise of food bloggers, baristas, bartenders, and sommeliers being under pressure to break conventional boundaries; the latte as we know it is no more. There are many weird and wonderful lattes popping up, such as the iced chai latte, gingerbread latte and even vegan-friendly lattes.
Personalise your latte
From the start, it is worth mentioning that you can add many caffeinated and decaf espresso shots to personalise your latte. But that’s not all. You can make changes to the milk by opting for fat-free, low-fat or full-cream milk. You could also opt for heavy cream, soymilk or eggnog (depending on the season).
Don’t forget the foam; it can be excluded, light or extra foamed. Sweeteners can be from sugar, artificial sweeteners, honey or Splenda. Some establishments also offer toppings such as whipped cream and spices.
Now that you’re up to date with what’s going on out there in the world of lattes, we dare you to expand your taste buds. Next time the expresso bug bites and you’re wondering what to do with yourself, take something that’s more reflective of your lifestyle, taste preferences and can even serve as fashion trends for the perfect selfies.
Remember to do some budgeting and number crunching first to double-check that your money matters are conducive to you ordering that somewhat pricey but damn good latte. Alternatively, do some online searches and learn a few skills so that you can pull it off at home.