A café noisette is espresso with a dash of steamed milk. It literally means “hazelnut coffee,” and is so named because either because the dash of milk is hazelnut sized or because it turns hazelnut in color once the milk is added. Who knows the truth? I don’t, but who cares? It’s delicious all the same.
The equivalent of the Italian macchiato, this is a drink that is common throughout the cafés of Paris, and is for those who love the intense, dark flavor of espresso (which a Frenchman often prefers). The milk is either poured in by the barista before serving, or served in a small pot for the drinker to pour.
1 shot espresso
1 ½ tsp steamed milk
Pull 1 shot of espresso. Top the espresso with steamed milk.