Capuccino VS Cafe Latte

Going to a coffee shop can be quite a tast at times, especially when you don't quite know the difference between the types of coffee that is served. One of the most confusing type I've had so far is between a Capuccino and a Cafe Latte. There had been times where I would order a cup of Capuccino and end up telling the barista not to add-in froths. That's where I get a stare and probably a roll of the eyes when the barista turns away from me, of course, I could have just ordered Latte.

So what exactly is the difference between the two?

Cappuccino [kapp-oo-chee-noh] Latte [lah-tay]

Coffee-based drink that is traditionally prepared with a shot of espresso, hot milk and frothed milk of equal parts.  The foam on top of the cappuccino acts as an insulator and helps retain the heat of the liquid, allowing it to stay hotter longer.

Made primarily from a double shot of espress0 and two-thirds of steamed milk and a quarter inch of foam. The milk is poured down the side of the cup causing the two liquids to swirl together, creating an almost marbelized appearance.

Variations of the mixtures are: Cappuccino chiaro (light cappuccino, also known as a "wet cappuccino") with more milk than normal. Cappuccino scuro (dark cappuccino, also known as a "dry cappuccino") with less steamed milk than normal.

Variations on Ingredients: The coffee can be replaced with another drink base like mate or matcha, tea, masala chai (spiced India tea) and other types of milk, such as soy milk.
The name "cappuccino" comes from Capuchin friars’ habits or their tonsured white heads surrounded byring of brown hair. In Italian "latte" is milk and caffè latte refers to coffee and milk.



Though Capuccino and Latte can be quite similar the main difference would be the amount of milk on the drink where a Cafe Latte would contain more milk than a Capuccino thus making the former much more creamier and milkier.

The texture and temperature of milk is of prime importance in preparing a Capuccino. Attaining the right amount of foam requires very close attention while steaming the milk, thus making the cappuccino one of the most difficult espresso-based beverages to make properly.

With both being topped with a certain amount milk a skilled Barista can form artistic designs with the same milk while pouring it in, termed latte art.

Some coffee shops will sprinkle cinnamon, flaked chocolate, raw sugar or other spices on top and some will add more milk than others. All shops will make some variance to suit the taste of their regular customers.


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