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National Cafe au Lait Day

Treat yourself to a delicious cup of cafe au lait on National Cafe au Lait Day - the perfect way to start your day!
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February 17
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Get your coffee mugs ready to celebrate National Cafe au Lait Day on Feb. 17! This special day is dedicated to celebrating the warm and delicious beverage called cafe au lait, which has been around for centuries. The drink is made from half brewed coffee and half hot milk, and it can be enjoyed both hot or cold. It's believed that the original recipe for cafe au lait was created in 1692 by French colonists in Louisiana, and since then it has become a favorite among coffee enthusiasts all over the world. So grab your favorite mug, brew up a cup of cafe au lait, and enjoy this amazing beverage!

History of National Cafe au Lait Day

National Cafe au Lait Day Dates

National Cafe au Lait Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1692</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception in Louisiana</div><div class='timeline-text'>The original recipe for cafe au lait is believed to have been created by French colonists in Louisiana.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Spread Across Europe</div><div class='timeline-text'>Throughout the 1800s, café au lait became a staple in French and European cafés, blossoming in popularity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1915</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Café Au Lait Bowls</div><div class='timeline-text'>Special wide-rimmed bowls were designed for café au lait, further enhancing the distinct drinking experience of this beverage.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Awareness</div><div class='timeline-text'>The popularity of café au lait continues to grow, with coffeehouses worldwide adding it to their menus, introducing the drink to a wider global audience.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celebrating Café Au Lait</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Café Au Lait Day is recognized for the first time, celebrating the rich history and taste of the traditional French drink.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Cafe au Lait Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a cafe</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to your local cafe and get your fix of cafe au lait. Ask your barista to make you their favorite version of the classic drink.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Brew up some coffee</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Brew up a pot of your favorite coffee and mix it with hot milk for a homemade cafe au lait. Add a bit of sugar or honey to sweeten it up.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try an iced version</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Try an iced version of the classic by brewing cold brew coffee and mixing it with cold milk. Add sugars or honey for sweetness.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make some latte art</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create some latte art with your cafe au lait. Whether it's a heart, a flower, or just a swirl, practice your latte art skills and see what you can come up with.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a cafe au lait party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over and host a cafe au lait party. Have everyone bring their favorite brand of coffee and have some fun experimenting with different versions of the classic drink.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Cafe au Lait Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Cafe au lait is delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>This French coffee drink is the perfect mix of strong, smooth espresso and steamed milk. It has a subtle sweetness that pairs perfectly with pastries like croissants or biscotti for a delicious breakfast or snack. And because it's lower in caffeine than other coffee drinks, it's the perfect way to start your day!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Cafe au lait is customizable</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you like your cafe au lait sweet, rich or extra creamy, there are lots of ways to customize this classic drink. You can add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, use alternative milk options like almond or coconut, or even top it off with a dollop of homemade whipped cream!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Cafe au lait is easy to make</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Making cafe au lait at home is simple and doesn't require any special equipment. All you need is some freshly brewed espresso (or regular coffee!), steamed milk, and sugar to taste. Or if you're feeling adventurous, why not try out different flavor combinations and come up with your own signature twist?</p></div></div>

5 Facts About Cafe au Lait

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cafe au lait literally means "coffee with milk"</h3><p class='facts-content'>In French, café au lait translates simply to "coffee with milk," a fittingly straightforward description of the traditional French beverage.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>It's different than a latte</h3><p class='facts-content'>While both cafe au lait and lattes involve coffee and milk, the key difference is the type of coffee used. Lattes use espresso, while café au lait is made with strong brewed coffee.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Café au lait is traditionally served in a wide-mouthed cup</h3><p class='facts-content'>In France, café au lait is often served in a wide-mouthed bowl or cup, which allows the drink to cool to the perfect temperature more quickly.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Café au lait is popular in New Orleans</h3><p class='facts-content'>In New Orleans, café au lait is often enjoyed alongside a beignet, a popular French-style doughnut covered in confectioner's sugar.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>It's not always served sweet</h3><p class='facts-content'>Although some people prefer their café au lait sweetened, it's traditionally served without sugar or sweeteners, allowing the flavors of the coffee and milk to take center stage.</p></div></div>

National Cafe au Lait Day FAQs

When is National Cafe au Lait Day?

National Cafe au Lait Day is celebrated on February 17 every year. In 2024 National Cafe au Lait Day will occur on a Saturday.

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