Portuguese Coffee- Galao

Portuguese galao

Portuguese Coffee- Galao

Its International Coffee Day and today I will be celebrating the Portuguese Coffee called Galao.

Galão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡɐˈlɐ̃w]) is a hot drink from Portugal and Azores made by adding foamed milk to espresso coffee. Similar to caffè latte or café au lait, it consists of about one quarter coffee and three quarters foamed milk. It is served in a tall glass, as opposed to the smaller garoto that is served in a demitasse. When the proportion is 1:1 it is called meia de leite (half of milk) and it comes in a cup.

Portuguese Galao
Portuguese galao

Like most of Europe, Portuguese coffee lovers largely drink espresso, not brewed coffee. That’s where the Galao comes in: the Portuguese version of a latte! Often served with pastel de nata, a Portuguese custard tart.

Here are some various express coffee products that are traditional espresso from Portugal.

If you don’t have an expresso machine you can grab others in K cups and instant coffee like these:

You will need filter water, milk frother, sugar and dairy or nondairy milk to create this amazing drink.

Portuguese Galao Recipe

A Portuguese Galao is something like a latte, with one part espresso and three parts hot milk. It comes together in just a few minutes and makes a tasty, caffeinated treat!

Portuguese galao
Portuguese Galao

PREP TIME 2 minutes

COOK TIME 4 minutes

TOTAL TIME 6 minutes


CUISINE Portuguese


CALORIES 85 kcal


  • Espresso machine or Moka pot
  • Small saucepan
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee mug
  • Whisk or milk frother


  • 1 ounce coffee beans finely ground
  • 2 ounces filtered water.
  • 6 ounces milk
  • Sugar or favored coffee syrups.


  • Grind your espresso beans finely. If needed.
  • Pull two shots of espresso. Don’t have an espresso machine? You can K-pods, instant or substitute three or four ounces of strong coffee.
  • Heat the milk in a saucepan on the stove. Use medium-low heat and stir frequently to keep it from burning! After the milk is hot, froth the milk with a whisk or milk frother.
  • Pour the milk and espresso into your coffee mug. Add a little sugar or honey if you’d like. Enjoy your tasty Portuguese coffee!

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