Discovering a new coffee chain comes with the burden of learning its lingo. Feeling lost at coffee terminology and wondering what is a breve at Dutch Bros?
I’m here to help. As avid coffee lovers, let’s dive head first into the breve. I’ll even teach you how to make it yourself!
What Is Breve Dutch Bros ?
Breve at Dutch Bros is a term that describes a latte made with half and half instead of milk.
It can be served hot, iced, or even frozen! The breve can be a drink on its own (like a latte) or used as a base for other drinks.
Not to be confused with the Italian word ‘breve’, which means short or small, it doesn’t signify coffee size at Dutch.
The breve is a richer, more decadent version of the classic latte.
While the latte is made with whole or skim milk and is much lighter, the breve is richer due to the steamed half and half. It’s also much heavier due to the fat content and has much more foam.
To me, the breve tastes mildly sweet, so even those with a sweet tooth may consume it without flavorings. (1)
What Does The Breve Taste & Look Like?
Thanks to its thick froth, the breve looks like a cappuccino. The foam on top is stable, just like the one made from milk only.
Any drizzle on top holds up well, probably because the drink itself contains a similar amount of protein as milk.
When it comes to flavor, the breve is much heavier than a regular latte. As a result, it’s creamier, more decadent, and velvety.
However, the milk and half and half mellow out the espresso flavor, so the breve doesn’t have a strong coffee flavor.
How to Make Dutch Bros Breve
Love the breve at your local Dutch? I’ll save you the ride and teach you how to make it at home. All the ingredients are probably in your pantry!
10-Minute Dutch Bros Breve Recipe
This one is a classic; the Dutch Bros breve recipe. If you're feeling adventurous, add a syrup or two of your choice.
- Espresso (dark roast): 2 shots
- Half and Half: ½ cup
- Optional: Flavored syrup
- Start by pulling 2 shots of strong espresso.
- If you've decided on a flavor, a syrup of some kind, now it's the time to add it to the hot espresso and stir it to combine.
- Pour the half and half into a pitcher and use a steam wand to froth it**. Don't let the milk exceed 160°F.
- In a mug, pour the 2 shots of espresso and slowly add the steamed half and half. Leave out one inch from the top.
- Take a spoon and scoop some of the foam to top the drink. Optionally you can add a drizzle or spice on top. Enjoy!
* We suggest using a strong dark roast and an espresso machine to pull the shots, especially if you're an espresso fan, as the milk will dilute the flavor.
** Submerge the wand right below the surface and move it up and down and in circles to create the perfect foam.*
If you wondered what is a breve at Dutch Bros, I have the answer. For the latte fans, it’s an upgraded, richer version of your favorite drink.
What is it to espresso lovers? A slightly less intense drink than a latte and a winter comfort.
If you’re like me and love your caffeine spike, it packs at least two espresso shots, so you’ll get the desired results!
A small breve at Dutch Bros, including add-ons, comes at around 360 calories. Syrups and sauces are also used in many of their breves for flavoring. Some breves are available hot, iced, or frozen.
The frozen breves have the highest calories, followed by the hot ones. The iced breve has the least amount of calories.
Yes, the breves are made using espresso, so they contain a substantial amount of caffeine. They’re typically made with 2 shots.
A single shot of espresso comes with 45 mg of caffeine, so the average breve has 90 mg of caffeine.
Wondering where your info comes from? We totally understand. Hey Joe only obtains our information from reputable sources. Contents from this article are sourced from the following publications:
- The Spruce Eats: https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-caffe-breve-765679