By: Matt Holden
Source: GoodFood.com Australia
There is, naturally, a bit of debate about what a piccolo latte actually is: a single espresso shot (30ml) topped up with steamed milk in a demitasse glass (about 80ml), says Padre's Joel Corb, while others say a double ristretto (20ml) topped up with a bit more milk in the same size glass.
Whatever, it's delicious, and the perfect way to enjoy lighter roasts of specialty coffee with milk: the acidity cuts through the milk but is also somewhat moderated by it.
One origin myth says the piccolo latte was invented in Sydney: the story goes that baristas and roasters started drinking piccolo-style coffee to check how their brews and roasts were tasting with milk throughout the day, as an alternative to drinking endless caffe lattes (and getting a case of dairy bloat on top of their caffeine psychosis).
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