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The best recipe for a homemade caffè breve

Learn how to make a breve espresso drink at home.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Calories 550 kcal


  • Espresso machine
  • Burr grinder
  • Tamper
  • Steam wand
  • Coffee mug


  • 20 grams espresso


  • Step 1: Grind your coffee beans fresh, using a fine grind setting.
  • Step 2: Measure 1 oz (30 ml) of coffee and use a distributor to even the coffee grounds in the portafilter.
  • Step 3: Tamp the coffee grounds and place the portafilter on the group head of your espresso machine.
  • Step 4: Place a preheated glass or cup of your choice under the portafilter and extract the single shot.
  • Step 5: Add half and half in your pitcher and steam until the pitcher is hot to the touch. Alternatively, you could use a milk thermometer, keep the temperature between 145-160° degrees Fahrenheit (62 - 71° degrees Celsius) otherwise you might burn the milk.
  • Step 6: Pour the steamed half and half on top of your espresso and enjoy your cafe breve!

Pro tips

  • If your espresso machine does not have a steam option and operates with pods, you can use an electric milk frother.
  • If you are using a steam wand make sure to immerse only the tip of the steam wand in the milk at the beginning to allow air bubbles to create the perfect milk foam.
Keyword breve, espresso