Mexican Café con Leche

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Winding my way down the narrow, cobblestone streets of Guanajuato, Mexico, my university town, my steps would quicken in anticipation as I approached Plaza de la Paz. The plaza sits in a gentle, sloping triangle bordered by sidewalk cafes on one side, treacherously high sidewalks on another, and a grand church where I would get married in future on the third. Why the anticipation? It was my weekly, standing date with my closest friends to have an authentic Mexican Café con Leche and a chat, of course.

Two cups of Mexican café con leche

Thanks to the folks at Truvia® for making this sweet memories and conversations post possible. As always, my comments, opinions, and love for Café con Leche, my friends and my family (not necessarily in that order) are my own.

Coffee Day

That’s why September 29th isn’t just any day for me — it’s National Coffee Day! A day that evokes memories of the many wonderful meetings and sweet conversations I’ve had, not only with my college amigas in Plaza de la Paz, but also with my mom back home and my high school friends years ago, all while sipping coffee in an outdoor café.

A cup of cafe con leche and a flower design

In addition to that, when my babies were young, Café Thursdays, as we dubbed them, were a lifesaver for me when I needed to have a conversation with someone of an age over, say, three, and my mom-friends and I would meet to enjoy a cup of coffee and a talk.

In Mexico, a favorite phrase among friends, “vamos a tomarnos un café,” means “let’s go have a cup of coffee,” and is how we say, let’s get together and chat.

What’s a Mexican Cafe Con Leche

Like everywhere, there are many coffee options in Mexico. But the runaway favorite in many parts of Mexico is something called Café con Leche. It translates as coffee with milk, which, of course, it isn’t!

We use whole or evaporated milk, or a mix of the two, with some coffee mixed in, a dash of vanilla, and an even dashier sprinkle of cinnamon. Milk with coffee, as a title, would strike closer to the reality.

A cup of milk and coffee

Making Café con Leche without an Espresso Machine

I have a confession to make. I neither own a coffee machine nor have an espresso machine. In México, I used to make my coffee in a pot on the stove. Consequently, when I moved to the USA I didn’t even think of getting a machine. However, I remember clearly the day my husband introduced me to the French press. It changed my life.

So there it is, you don’t need a coffee machine or an espresso machine to make cafe con leche, you just need either a pot with some sort of strainer or a French Press, easy. Of course, if you do have a machine, by all means use it!

A Mexican coffee mug with café con leche

I Like my Coffee Sweet

I like to sweeten up my coffee a bit, so I just sprinkle a little zero-calorie Truvia® Natural Sweetener in my Mexican Cafe con Leche, It’s made from the sweetest part of the stevia leaf and one packet provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar.

If you make your own Café con Leche, be sure to snap a photo and share it with us on social media using the #mamalatinatipsrecipes hashtag. I’d love to see it and have a chance to share it as well.

Mexican Café con Leche

Makes 4 cups

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons ground Mexican coffee
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup milk of your preference
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 4-8 Truvía® Natural Sweetener Packets
  • Ground cinnamon for decoration (optional)

Warm up water, it needs to be very hot but not boiling hot (If you have a coffee machine, perk up two cups of your preferred coffee).

Measure ground coffee into the French press and pour hot water over it. Set aside.

Warm up the evaporated milk and the milk. You can also use just one type of milk if you like, but the evaporated milk gives a special creaminess to this special treat. Add vanilla, as you wish.

Pouring milk in coffee

Pour half a cup of coffee into your coffee mug. Add milk, sweeten it with 1-2 Truvía® Natural Sweetener Packets, top with a dash of ground cinnamon to taste, repeat for each mug.

Adding Truvia Sweetner to coffee

If you like foam as I do, you can use a milk frother.

Enjoy!

Café con leche, Truvía Sweetener Packets and coffee beans

Cup with Coffee and Milk
5 from 11 votes

Mexican Café con Leche

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons ground Mexican coffee
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup milk of your preference
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • 4-8 Truvía® Natural Sweetener Packets
  • Ground cinnamon for decoration optional

Instructions

  • Warm up water, it needs to be very hot but not boiling hot (If you have a coffee machine, perk up two cups of your preferred coffee).
  • Measure ground coffee into the French press and pour hot water over it. Set aside.
  • Warm up the evaporated milk and the milk. You can also use just one type of milk if you like, but the evaporated milk gives a special creaminess to this special treat. Add vanilla, as you wish.
  • Pour half a cup of coffee into your coffee mug. Add milk, sweeten it with 1-2 Truvía® Natural Sweetener Packets, top with a dash of ground cinnamon to taste, repeat for each mug.
  • If you like foam as I do, you can use a milk frother.
Course: Hot Beverages
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: How to make Cafe con Leche at home, How to make Cafe con Leche with less sugar, What's in cafe con leche
Author: Silvia
Mexican Cafe con Leche brings sweet memories of sidewalk cafes in Guanajuato, Mexico, sipping and chatting with friends. Learn how to make it at home easily and low in sugar. #mamalatinatipsrecipes #cafeconleche #milkandcoffee #mexicanbeverages #hotbeverages #mamalatinatips

25 thoughts on “Mexican Café con Leche”

  1. This is the second time this week I’ve seen someone talking about this coffee but you’re the only one who posted a recipe! Thanks for sharing, with fall coming I’m going to have a new fave!

  2. Oh wow- this looks delicious! I am down for any kind of coffee and love adding Truvia to mine as well. I am trying this recipe as soon as I can.

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