It's a question you've probably asked yourself waiting in line to order. Cappuccino vs. Latte. What in the world is the difference?
Two of the worlds most favorite coffee drinks are compared side-by-side. You've surely dabbled in one of these at your local coffee shop or coffee house. Maybe you've had it with a single or double shot of espresso. Maybe you put milk or cream in it.
They look similar, taste and smell similar so what's the difference between a latte and a cappuccino. We go over the facts in todays comparison post. Spoiler alert - preparation - of the milk variety.
Two favorites compared side-by-side
Origin - Italy
Ingredients - espresso & milk
It's all about barista preparation. Ingredients are the same (with a slight difference in technique when it comes to milk steaming).
At the bottom lies your caffeine - a shot (or two) of espresso crafted perfectly using all the right techniques with your favorite espresso machine & grinder. On top of that lies some velvety steamed milk (not foam, at least not yet). Milk steaming is vital when it comes to a cappuccino vs. latte. The drink is topper with a layer of thick foam. To achieve this when steaming your milk, you need to allow proper amounts of air into your milk steaming pitcher.
Beginners Tip - Separating the foam from steamed milk can be difficult at first. A useful tool can be a simple, everyday spoon. When getting ready to pour your steamed milk on top of your espresso shots, place your spoon over the milk pitchers spout - this will prevent foam from exiting. Once you've poured your steamed milk, allow the foam to pour into your cup. You can also just scoop in out if you'd like.
Latte formation is a litter different and in my opinion, easier from a technique standpoint. Espresso and steamed milk are mixed together and topped with a very small layer of light foam.
When it comes to taste and which drink is right for you, there are certainly some differences. Because the layers in a cappuccino are much more ever, you'll find the espresso to overcome it's milk counterparts. If you like stronger drinks, opt for a cappuccino. Lattes contain larger portions of milk. The result is a less strong, more easily drinkable beverage. They're also typically combined with some sort of a flavored syrup. If you're going more for smoothness and flavor - the latte may be more your thing.
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