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Cappuccino vs. Latte What’s the Difference?

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Cappuccino vs. Latte, what’s the difference?


Cappuccino and latte are the two most popular Italian coffee drinks and both are prepared using hot milk. The difference between them is that cappuccino is prepared with less steamed milk than a latte. In a cappuccino, total espresso and milk make up about 8 ounces in a 12-ounce drink.

What is Cappucino?


A cappuccino contains approximately equal amounts of espresso, steamed milk, and milk froth. The coffee cup for a cappuccino is smaller than a latte cup, usually 150 to 180 ml. The size of your cup is very important to get the right taste balance between your espresso and the right amount of milk.

Cappuccino is creamy and has a smooth taste. 

For making a cappuccino, first, you need milk and espresso. Then you can easily start making procedures. 

Now, make espresso using an espresso machine and steam the milk using an espresso machine or heat the milk over the stove then whisk it. 150 degrees Fahrenheit temperature is perfect. This is where the milk is hot to the touch but not boiling. Then whisk the milk until it foams using your preferred method. For a cappuccino you need plenty of froth: you are going for ⅓ espresso, ⅓ steamed milk, and ⅓ foam.

Finally, pour the frothed milk into the espresso and serve! That is how you can make cappuccino at home. 

What is Latte?


A latte, also known as a cafe latte, where everything revolves around a greater amount of steamed milk. Typically, a latte is made with a single or double-shot espresso 1/3 of your drink, and 2/3 of your drink is steamed milk with a small layer of milk foam. The texture of a latte gives extra light to the beautiful look of this drink.

If you want to make a latte at home, all you need is an espresso machine and milk. You need to give a layer of espresso and steamed milk. Since the latte contains only a small layer of milk foam, you need to pour the liquid, evaporated milk into the espresso, holding a spoon so that the milk foam does not mix. Add the milk foam (about 1 cm) when it’s ready. When you become more experienced, try to create latte art like a real barista.

What is the difference between cappuccino and Latte?


The most notable difference between a cappuccino and a latte is the texture of the milk, in which the steamed milk of the latte is diluted, while a cappuccino is filled with froth. Another key difference is that cappuccinos use less milk than lattes – because cappuccino milk fluffs much more than all ventilators and the drink is intended to be served in smaller sizes.

Which is a stronger latte or cappuccino?


Due to the small amount of milk used when making the cappuccino, the drink will taste stronger than the latte. Both drinks usually contain the same amount of espresso, so the amount of caffeine is the same; The strength here is just a measure of how much you enjoyed the taste of the espresso bite in the drink. In other words, it has a much sweeter taste than a milky latte.

Which is sweeter cappuccino or latte?


When the milk is steamed, its natural sweetness brightens. Thus, due to the high proportion of milk in the espresso, a latte will taste sweeter than a cappuccino. It is worth noting that none of these drinks are traditionally served sweet. So the amount of sugar you add to the coffee bar is entirely up to you.

Which is healthier cappuccino or latte?


Both coffees are made with milk. So, there is nothing unhealthy in milk. But, if the calorie and fat content is the primary concern, it may be considered a less ‘healthy’ option between the two in a latte because of the amount of milk. (But again, one drink isn’t really healthier than the other.)

Bottom Line


Cappuccino and latte are probably the most traditional cups of coffee and the most popular drinks. These two espresso based coffees have many of the same ingredients, but depending on the differences in milk and foam amount, the two drinks go with different tastes, textures, and finishes.


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