On Wednesday, We Drink Cafe Au Lait

Celebrate National Cafe Au Lait Day


Try celebrating with a spot-on cafe au lait at Amante Coffee in LoDo. Courtesy Amante Coffee

Every day may feel like coffee day, but today it’s official. Happy National Cafe Au Lait Day! Celebrate this wide-eyed holiday with a perfect cup of creamy, caffeinated heaven that makes you the professional barista (it’s OK, we limelight as one too).

Manager of Amante Coffee and expert barista, Chris Wright, and Rick England, founder of the locally crafted Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur, give us the skinny on their favorite cups of au lait.

Amante Coffee favors a dark roast for their cafe au lait, and fills the cup about three quarters of the way full. Wright then steams whole milk for the right amount of creaminess, and adds it to the cup.

“I like to make the steamed milk as creamy as possible with a little foam—not a lot, if you do too much the steamed milk doesn’t blend with the actual drip coffee,” Wright says. “The foam is very sheen—that’s the big attraction, it looks like cream on top. It’s one of my favorite drinks; it’s so simple and the milk steams so carefully that it brings out a lot of the sugars in the milk, so you don’t need to add anything to it.”


Courtesy Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur

England prefers cafe au lait with a twist in his signature drink, Café Olé. Try your hand at the adults only sip:

Café Olé

4 ounces hot coffee (ideally French Press)
4 ounces steamed milk, half & half or non-dairy creamer (England recommends So Delicious Coconut Creamer for the non-dairy option)
2 ounces Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur

Combine coffee, steamed milk and Richardo’s Decaf Coffee Liqueur in a warm mug. Top with cinnamon. Ooh la la!

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