Espresso yourself

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Canadians love their jolt of java. Coffee bars, serving everything from a regular cuppa to gourmet brews like espresso and cafe au lait, are cropping up everywhere. But a lot of oh-so-delicious gourmet coffee drinks aren't oh-so-low-fat. Add whole milk, chocolate syrup, whipped cream or grated milk chocolate, and the calories start adding up quickly. The trick is to know what to order and how to order it.

We're happy to spill the beans... Made with homogenized milk CAFE AU LAIT: (12 oz) Equal amounts of hot strong coffee and hot milk in a large bowl or mug. 6 grams fat, 118 calories. CAFE LATTE: (6 oz) ¼ espresso coffee to ¾ foamed milk. 5 grams fat, 86 calories. CAFE MOCHA: (8 oz) Espresso mixed with mocha or chocolate syrup and steamed milk, then topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. 10 grams fat, 217 calories. CAPPUCCINO (6 oz) Espresso and steamed milk topped with a cloud of foamed milk. 4 grams fat, 77 calories. LATTE MACCHIATO: (6 oz) A glass half filled with hot frothed milk, into which a demitasse of espresso is dribbled.

Although most people assume that espresso is as strong in caffeine as it is in flavor and aroma, it generally has less caffeine than regular drip filtered coffee. If you are counting calories, order you drinks "skinny" - made with 1% milk. Origin: Homemakers, April '95 issue. Shared by: Sharon Stevens, July/95.

Submitted By SHARON STEVENS On 08-26-95

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