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Difference Between Latte and Cappuccino

Latte vs Cappuccino

Have you lately been to Barista coffee shop? When you take a glance at the names of items on the menu card, you think they are all alien sounding having nothing to do with what you have come in to drink. But believe me, these names describe variations of your favorite beverage, coffee, in tastes that differ from each other drastically. Two such names are latte and cappuccino, that confuse many as despite having almost similar ingredients, latte tastes differently from cappuccino. Let us find out the differences between latte and cappuccino.

Both latte and cappuccino are beverages made of espresso and milk. The difference lies in proportions of ingredients. While cappuccino is 1/3rd espresso with 1/3rd amount of steamed milk and finally 1/3rd milk foam, latte is 1/4th espresso and three times more with a topping of foam. This difference in proportion means latte is milder and milkier than cappuccino. In latte, the milk is steamed, whereas in cappuccino, the milk is frothed. Micro foam of milk is prepared for the froth used in cappuccino. Skimmed milk tends to produce more froth than whole milk,  which is why it is used in making cappuccino. On the other hand, the aim is not froth, but just steam, which is why any milk can be used to prepare a latte.

To make cappuccino, frothed milk is poured over espresso, while to make latte, steamed milk and espresso are poured together into a cup. Some experienced baristas know how to make fancy designs over latte with the help of frothed milk. There are some who like to add or sprinkle chocolate powder over both these types of beverages.

It is clear then that in both cappuccino, as well as latte, the amount or shot of coffee remains the same, and the difference in taste is all due to different amounts of milk, as well as frothed milk, used in cappuccino.

What’s the difference between Latte and Cappuccino?

• Cappuccino and latte are coffee beverages that are made starting with the same espresso coffee.

• Cappuccino contains a lot of milk froth, while latte has very little milk froth. Instead latte is made with steamed milk

• To make a cappuccino, milk froth is poured over espresso, while to make latte, espresso and steamed milk are poured simultaneously in a cup.

• It is common to make artistic designs over latte using froth.


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