National Cafe Au Lait Day

January 17

When is National Cafe Au Lait Day?

National Cafe Au Lait Day happens on Wednesday January 17, 2024.

National Café au Lait Day: Celebrating a Classic Coffee Delight

When the winter air is still crisp and the festive cheer lingers, coffee aficionados come together to celebrate National Café au Lait Day on January 17th. This day is all about honoring the simple elegance of one of the world’s most beloved coffee drinks: the café au lait.

A Blend of Comfort and Tradition:

Café au lait, which translates to “coffee with milk,” is a French coffee drink that has charmed its way into morning routines and café menus worldwide. It’s traditionally made with equal parts steamed milk and freshly brewed coffee, usually a strong drip or French press variety. The result is a smooth, creamy cup that’s less potent than an espresso-based latte but richer than American-style coffee with milk.

A Moment to Savor:

National Café au Lait Day encourages taking a moment to savor the balance and harmony of this beloved beverage. It’s an opportunity to slow down and appreciate the artistry that goes into making a perfect cup.

Ways to Celebrate:

  1. Visit Your Local Café: Support local businesses by ordering a café au lait at your favorite coffee shop.
  2. Home Brewing: Use this day as an excuse to perfect your home-brewed café au lait. Experiment with different coffee beans to find your ideal blend.
  3. Coffee Tasting: Gather friends for a coffee tasting event, comparing the nuances of café au lait made with beans from around the world.

Café Culture and Connection:

The café au lait is more than just a drink; it’s a symbol of relaxation and connection. In the spirit of French café culture, National Café au Lait Day is also about the experience of enjoying coffee in good company, whether that’s a quiet morning with a book or a lively discussion at a bustling café.

A Toast to Health:

Moderate coffee consumption has been linked to various health benefits, and when enjoyed as part of a balanced diet, a café au lait can be a delightful addition to a healthy lifestyle.

National Café au Lait Day is a testament to the timeless allure of coffee mixed with milk — a simple concoction that has stood the test of time and continues to be a staple in coffee culture across the globe. So on January 17th, raise your cup in celebration of the café au lait and the joy it brings to our daily lives.

When does National Cafe Au Lait Day happen next year?

National Cafe Au Lait Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Friday January 17, 2025
  • Saturday January 17, 2026
  • Sunday January 17, 2027
  • Monday January 17, 2028
  • Wednesday January 17, 2029


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