Breve! another coffee name you don’t know anything about?
Oh no! You’ve been pronouncing it wrong this whole time.
Let me tell you all about breve.
What is caffè Breve?
A breve is an espresso-based hot coffee drink.
Breve is an American variation of the Italian Cappuccino style. It’s made with half-and-half instead of milk and is similar to a latte. The coffee-to-cream ratio is also different from the American cappuccino—a breve has a little more coffee than milk.
Breve is an half and half coffee. It’s similar to the American cappuccino, but there are differences.
The coffee-to-cream ratio is 1-to-1, while the ratio for an American cappuccino is 2-to-1.
In this Article
- What does Breve taste like?
- How is Breve Made?
- How is Breve Different from an American Cappuccino?
- What does ‘breve’ mean at Starbucks?
- What does ‘breve’ mean at Dutch Bros?
- How is breve pronounced?
- Caffeine in A Breve Coffee?
- How to make breve at home
- How to drink breve?
- How many calories in a Breve?
- Final Words
What does Breve taste like?
Well… Not much like an American cappuccino.
Breves are similar to American cappuccinos in terms of taste, but they’re much different in texture.
Breves have a stronger and more bitter flavor than their American counterparts as they contain more coffee and less dairy. The bitterness of the coffee is softened by the cream.
To the uninitiated, a breve must seem like an odd cross between a latte and an espresso.
It’s not the best choice for those who like their coffee very strong—what little coffee flavor is there would be overpowered by the added milk if you add enough espresso.
However, this could be a great drink for those who want spiked with an espresso shot, but don’t want an American cappuccino.
How is Breve Made?
A breve can be made with either espresso or brewed coffee, but it’s almost always made with half-and-half.
The consistency of the drink can vary from bar to bar, but most breves are somewhere between a latte and an American cappuccino.
How is Breve Different from an American Cappuccino?
First, the ratio of coffee-to-milk is different—a breve has more coffee than milk. Second, the texture, color and taste are all different. By far, they are less acidic and less bitter than an American cappuccino.
Breve is not to be confused with one of the well-known Italian classics, the caffe latte or coffee latte. Caffe latte is an espresso-based drink (which can hold a higher amount of milk) made with 2/3rds milk and 1/3rd whole milk. It’s made with a double shot of espresso.
What does ‘breve’ mean at Starbucks?
A breve at Starbucks is typically made with half-and-half or 2/3rds milk and 1/3rd whole milk. The ratio varies from bar to bar and sometimes even among multiple locations in a chain. The texture is similar to that of an American cappuccino, but the drink differs in color and taste.
What does ‘breve’ mean at Dutch Bros?
Dutch Bros serves breve coffee, which is espresso-based coffee with half-and-half or whole milk. The ratio varies from store to store, but it is usually 1-to-1 or 2/3rds milk and 1/3rd whole milk.
A breve has a distinct taste. It tastes lighter and less bitter than an American cappuccino, yet it has more coffee-y flavor and strong bitterness from the espresso.
How is breve pronounced?
First of all, it’s pronounced “BREE-vuh” not “BREH-vuh.” The first syllable is the final syllable of the word “breve” which means “short coffee.”
Second, it’s pronounced differently depending on where you are in the world.
Caffeine in A Breve Coffee?
As a breve is made with espresso (or brewed coffee), it does have caffeine in it. The caffeine content depend on what size you ordered and how many espresso shots were added.
There’s usually three to four shots of espresso included in a breve at Starbucks. Though they don’t publish exact numbers, Dutch Bros has a similar amount of caffeine in their breve drink.
How to make breve at home
Like an American cappuccino, you can make a breve at home with some simple steps.
Breve is very similar in texture and taste to an American cappuccino, but it has more coffee flavor thanks to espresso shots.
Add the espresso first. Next, stir in hot milk. Finally, add the foam on top of the drink.
It’s important that you pour the milk first so that the steam from the scalding hot milk doesn’t scald your espresso.
How to drink breve?
Use a spoon to stir the frothy milk into the drink. It’s important to use a spoon because you don’t want the foam to settle at the bottom of your drink.
Or, if you want to drink it with a glass, pour yourself 1-to-1 cup (1/3rd – 2/3rd of a cup of whole milk, depending on how strong you want it) and then add an espresso shot. Stir it together before drinking.
How many calories in a Breve?
Breve calories comes from the half and half creamer which has twice as much calories as a normal creamer. Depending on the size, calories in Breve Latte range from 300-550 calories.
So Enjoy your breve in moderation.
That all Folks.
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