What Is “breve” at Starbucks?

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Starbucks coffee stores and stands, as with many other coffee shops, offer a “cafe breve” version of the company’s lattes, in which half-and-half or light cream is substituted for milk. According to CoffeeForLess.com, the drink is richer and creamier than a traditional latte.

Cafe breve drinks tend to be more fluffy than the average latte made with standard milk, owing to the fact that steamed half-and-half increases the foam volume of an espresso beverage, reports CoffeeForLess.com. They also contain significantly more fat and cholesterol than lattes made with milk, even if the milk is whole milk rather than low-fat or non-fat.