We all have our go to drink at our favourite coffee shop. I drink our College Street Espresso all day, everyday. Occasionally I switch it up and have a latte. Recently a friend asked me "why do they call lattes and cappuccinos different things? They are the same, right?" I was baffled, as a coffee guy (a coffee roaster too!) I had failed my friend. He didn't understand the difference between the 2 most popular espresso based beverages ever created. So in his honor I write this post; to instruct and educate those who do not know the difference between a latte and a cappuccino.
Both beverages start with a shot (sometimes a double shot) of espresso. Both beverages also contain milk, but that is where the similarities end.
A cappuccino contains less milk than a latte. Cappuccino contains equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and fluffy foamed milk. This gives it that fantastic creamy white head that baristas often dust with cocoa powder or cinnamon. Because of all the foam it is impossible to do any sort of artwork on a traditional cappuccino.
A latte (pictured above) is much more creamy and has a more subtle coffee flavour to it. A latte contains a shot of espresso and the rest of the cup is filled with steamed milk. A small layer of micro foam is left on the very top of the latte, this makes it possible for the barista to make beautiful art.
So there you have it! A brief and simple look at the differences between a latte and a cappuccino. Which one do you prefer? Comment below!