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German Café au lait (Milchkaffee) | The Kitchen Maus

German Café au Lait (Milchkaffee)

A wonderful homemade coffee drink that highlights the natural sweetness of scalded milk. Takes a little extra work but is well worth the effort. It's the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Author The Kitchen Maus



  • 1 cup of very strong or bold Coffee
  • 1 cup of scalded Milk whole works best
  • 1/4 cup of 2% Milk for the Foam


  • Sugar or Sweetener of your choice
  • Cocoa Powder for dusting


  1. Brew coffee of your choice strong, adding 1 - 2 extra scoops. While coffee is brewing, begin scalding milk on the stove in a small, heavy bottomed saucepan on medium low. Stir frequently to ensure milk doesn't burn. When milk begins to steam and tiny bubbles form on the edges, remove from heat.
  2. Assemble your Milchkaffee by pouring desired amount of scalded milk in the mug first. Follow with the hot coffee.
  3. Pour extra milk for foam into a mason jar and close tightly with a lid. Shake for 30 - 60 seconds. Remove lid and microwave for 30 seconds. Spoon milk foam on top of coffee drink. Dusting with cocoa powder is optional but delicious!

Recipe Notes

Any amount of milk and coffee works for this drink as long as the ratio remains 50/50.
Whole milk works best for the most authentic taste.
If preferred, the leftover milk from the milk foam can be poured directly into the coffee. Just adjust the scalded milk amount before hand to keep the ratio at 50%.