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redge
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Posted Fri Dec 10, 2010, 7:35pm
Subject: What is a café crème?
 

Widely served in Paris, as either a petit crème or grand crème. There's almost no information about this drink on the Internet. Is it the same as a café au lait, or something different?

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Posted Sun Dec 12, 2010, 7:28am
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According to this Espresso field guide a cafe creme is espresso with 1 oz. heavy cream added.  Cafe au lait is a much larger drink, half espresso and half milk.
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Posted Sun Dec 12, 2010, 3:35pm
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Cafe creme doesn't have cream in it. Rather it is an espresso style coffee, but pulled very long in about the same 25 seconds or so as a classic Italian espresso (some people run it a bit longer).  It is ground coarser to achieve this.  Drink size varies, but about 200ml is about what you would expect.  As far as I know there isn't any standardised definition as there is for espresso, but as that is often ignored anyway, perhaps it matters little  ;o)

Cafe Suisse is similar.

I like it.

It is a little confusing, because before Espresso became the generic term for coffee produced under pressure, its Italian translation  "Caffe Crema" was the name given to it when the modern method of espresso making was first introduced, and some early machines (gaggia ?) had that term on them.

Cafe au lait is traditionally strong filter coffee and hot milk - proportions vary, as when served properly it will be poured into the cup (or possibly bowl) from 2 separate jugs according to the taste of the customer.

I like that too, although mine isn't strictly traditional as I usually make it with Moka pot coffee.
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Posted Mon Dec 13, 2010, 4:29pm
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I can say from personal experience that a French café crème is served in a bowl and contains milk (not heavy cream). It is ordered as "un crème" or "un petit crème" for a standard serving or as "un grand crème" for a large serving. I had a grand crème every Saturday and Sunday morning the entire time that I lived in Paris. It was an expensive drink, but worth it. Unfortunately, I never asked how it was put together, and there seems to be precious little information about it on the Internet - surprising given that it is served in just about every brasserie in Paris.
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Posted Thu Dec 16, 2010, 12:55pm
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__________ Said:

Cafe creme doesn't have cream in it. Rather it is an espresso style coffee, but pulled very long in about the same 25 seconds or so as a classic Italian espresso (some people run it a bit longer).  It is ground coarser to achieve this.  Drink size varies, but about 200ml is about what you would expect.  As far as I know there isn't any standardised definition as there is for espresso, but as that is often ignored anyway, perhaps it matters little  ;o) ...

Posted December 12, 2010 link

+1, as this is the only way I've ever heard it described or made (& make it myself, very often, after dinner)

But, perhaps this is too specifically Italian of a definition?

A quick (5 min?) search on the internet turned up everything from a single shot of espresso w/ 3oz of milk,
to 4oz of coffee w/1tbs of cream.
I guess it can be whatever you'd like. Vive la France! :-D

 
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Posted Thu Dec 16, 2010, 1:25pm
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I think there is some confusion here between a café crèma (which is a coffee-like drink made with an espresso machine, no milk, as Keepitsimple describes) and a café crème (which in Paris is an espresso with steamed milk).    The two drinks are very different.
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Posted Thu Dec 16, 2010, 2:00pm
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Hi John,

Yes, I am asking about the latter. As i gather you know, it is ubiquitous in Paris. Do you know how it differs, if at all, from a cappuccino?

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Posted Fri Dec 17, 2010, 8:16am
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I think it is just espresso and steamed milk, as close as an ordinary French cafe can get to an Italian cappuccino.
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Posted Fri Dec 17, 2010, 6:50pm
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Thanks John, that's pretty much what I expected.
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013, 7:49am
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Hi, I know this is a very old thread now, but I'm trying to find out how to make a 'petit creme' as I used to have every day whilst in Paris. I can't find ANY information on the net.

I remember it seemed to be a cup of espresso prepared entirely of very silky milk froth. The silky foam lasted all the way to the bottom of the cup/bowl without separating into liquid milk. Could it really be a coffee made with just silky foam?

It has come to be my holy grail...

Thanks for your advice.

 
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