Nov 29, 2012

News: McDonald's Offers Cafe con Leche to New York Tri-state Area

In a nod to Hispanic/Latino guests in the New York tri-state area, McDonald's now offers "new" Cafe con Leche for a limited-time this holiday season in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Cafe con Leche literally translates to "coffee with milk." At McDonald's, it means espresso with steamed milk i.e. a latte. According to this NBC report, the "new" drink is essentially the same as a Latte, which basically means this is a re-brand to better appeal to the Hispanic/Latino market.

It must be noted that, at many establishments, a cafe con leche is virtually indistinguishable from a latte, so the re-brand actually makes quite a bit of sense. According to Wikipedia though, a cafe con leche is typically made with scalded milk (which has a different texture from steamed milk) and mixed in a 1-to-1 ratio. A latte, here in the U.S., seems more a 2- or even 3-to-1 ratio.

Cafe con Leche was also introduced as a drink option at McDonald's last year in South Florida

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