What is Breve Coffee?

What is Breve Coffee

Love a little cream in your morning coffee but not ready for a latte or cappuccino? You have come to the right place. Here will tell you about another drink you can to your coffee repertoire: breve.

How do you pronounce breve coffee?

It’s pronounced ‘breh-vay’.

So what is breve?

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A breve is an espresso-based drink made with steamed half-and-half instead of milk. Half-and-half is a blend of half whole milk and half light cream. 

This means breve contains 10 to 12% fat in its content and hence a perfect option if looking for a creamier drink. Half-and-half can’t be whipped. It adds a lot of richness to your espresso without being as heavy as the cream can get on its own.

Breve is an American variation of the Latte finished off with a nice layer of frothed milk foam on top. Try it if you want a decadently rich but sugarless espresso drink.

Origin of the name breve

Breve is an Italian name, which means short, little, concise, or brief. This coffee has this name because of the conciseness involved in making it. You will also see it called latte breve, breve coffee, or café breve. 

What is a breve at Starbucks?

If you visit Starbucks and crave breve, just use the names “breve” or “café breve” to get the message across. You will be served with a drink that is creamier and richer than a traditional latte. You will also taste a hint of sweetness added from the flavorful notes of the half-and-half. 

How do I order the Breve at Starbucks?

If saying “breve” or “cafe breve” doesn’t work. Ask for some cinnamon powder steamed into the milk. Breve = steamed half and half. You can also refer to a latte made with half&half rather than milk.

What is the difference between a latte and a breve?

What makes these two drinks distinct is the type of cream or milk used. A breve is made with steamed half-and-half instead of milk and espresso. On the other hand, Latte is made with espresso and steamed milk (usually whole milk).  

Making a breve at home 

Here is what you need to know and do to make a breve at home:

  • Make sure that your milk is ice cold and straight out of the fridge. If it warm, it will not foam correctly.
  • Use a thermometer to regulate heat. Aim for 160 F or 71 C. If you don’t regulate your heat, you will burn your half-and-half.
  • Position your steam wand in your half-and-half to just below the half-and-half. Aim for a light, pleasant-sounding hissing noise and a whirlpool motion in your liquid that raises the volume of your steamed half-and-half but doesn’t make thick bubbles.
  • Cut your steamed half-and-half from your steam wand when you reach around 140 F or 60 C as it will continue to cook a bit before cooling down.
  • Make 1-2 shots of espresso depending on the desired strength you want your breve latte to be.
  • Use a spoon to part your silky foam with the steamed milk, and allow the steamed milk to flow into the bottom of your favorite cup.
  • Without scooping, pull in the foam with your spoon.
  • Finally, pour in your espresso to your breve latte as slowly as you possibly can. The steamed half-and-half is so thick with air that it will hold the expresso afloat at the surface for a few seconds. You’ll know you’ve achieved success when you end up with a subtle fade from espresso to milk.
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Is breve good for you?

Honestly, considering the heavy cream, cholesterol levels, and calorie count in breve can go through the roof, you may want to enjoy this drink moderately. We recommend leaving it for special occasions and enjoying regular Latte daily to quench your thirst.


Now that you know what you need to do to prepare a breve, go ahead and experiment. If you follow the above steps, be sure will make the right brew. Besides, if you need any help, we are here to give you a hand. All the best!

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Self-proclaimed coffee drinker. I would, on a typical day, start my day by grinding my coffee with a manual grinder and use a French Press as a starter (2 cups), then a pour-over in the afternoon (4 cups). I had my fair share as a barista but I prefer to drink it, not serve it.