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February

National Cafe Au Lait Day

Posted by Brittany

For those of you that have never encountered this fine simple drink, the American version of the cafe au lait consists of brewed or french-pressed coffee and steamed milk. Sometimes people get it confused with a latte, but the difference is that a cafe au lait uses coffee instead of espresso. The Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans helped make the drink popular, but their version is made with warmed rather than steamed milk, and bitter chicory. I visited the Cafe Du Monde and dined on their cafe au lait and beignets in October 2003, two years before Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. I’m not really a fan of bitter coffee drinks, so I definitely prefer the regular American version over the one found in The Big Easy.

Thank you to our friends Vicky & Ryan for sharing the story of their National Cafe au Lait celebration with us today. If I keep hearing people hear rave about their french presses I just might have to go out and buy one!

If you enjoyed Create a Vacuum Day and Be Electrific Day, check back tomorrow for another fun science-related “unofficial”. It’s National Battery Day!

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