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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 2:00pm
Subject: When to mix sugar with latte
 

Heya
When do you guys stir sugar with a latte?
At the start with the shot of coffee or midway with frothed milk?
Only asking as new barista we have swears by second method but am not convinced as it breaks up the crema and you end up with virtually no crema on the froth once pouring is finished.
I was always told you want some crema in the froth so the customer can taste coffee in the froth, instead of plain milk..

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Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013, 2:59am
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Strictly speaking sugar shouldn't be added to coffee at all because it destroys the taste. Milky coffee such as Latte or Cappuccino is already sweet due to the lactose in the milk. If sugar can't be avoided it should be added last: People tend to like watching the sugar sinking through the foam in a milky coffee.
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Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013, 6:11am
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I almost never put sugar in a latte unless I use too much espresso and it over powers the sweetness in the milk or if I am using a not so good SO bean for latte's.
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Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013, 8:26am
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My wife and in-laws like agave syrup in their lattes.  I put about a teaspoon in the cup, then make the espresso and froth their milk.  I let them stir it all afterwards.  They do not at all like to put sugar into the cup through the frothed milk, because then they invariably end up crunching granules in their teeth, as they aught up in the foam.

 
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Posted Fri Sep 13, 2013, 7:47am
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Burner0000 Said:

I almost never put sugar in a latte unless I use too much espresso and it over powers the sweetness in the milk or if I am using a not so good SO bean for latte's.

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Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH ESPRESSO?

 
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Posted Fri Sep 13, 2013, 8:25am
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The barista should never add sugar to a latte.  The coffee drinker should have the choice of their sweetener (or lack thereof) and put it in themselves.
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Posted Fri Sep 13, 2013, 9:24am
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I have asked baristi to add sweetener to my cups in the past, so that the sweetener is on the bottom, ready for me to stir it in, rather than it having to go through the foam and get caught up there, giving the drink an overall poor distribution of flavor.  I think it's quite appropriate for baristi to add sweetener when asked by their customer...and if I were told no, I wouldn't go there anymore...just like I wouldn't go there anymore if they said no to any other requests I made for how to prepare my drink (like when I ask them to stop frothing at 135F, instead of 155 or 160).

 
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