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Cappuccino vs Latte Cappuccino

Cappuccino and latte (also called Caffè latte) are the two most popular Italian coffee drinks and are both prepared using hot milk. The difference is that cappuccino is prepared with less steamed or textured milk than caffe latte. In a cappuccino the total espresso and milk/foam makes up roughly 6 oz in a 12 oz drink.

Comparison chart

Cappuccino versus Latte comparison chart



Quantity of milk

Contains less steamed or textured milk

Contains more steamed or textured milk

Serving style

Cappuccino is served in a glass on a saucer with a napkin.

Latte is served in porcelain cups with better heat retention properties.

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Origin of name

The name "cappuccino" comes from Capuchin friars’ habits or their tonsured white heads surrounded by ring of brown hair.

Differences in Ingredients and Preparation

A latte is made up of coffee and hot steamed milk. The coffee can be replaced with another drink base like tea, mate or matcha. In Italy caffè latte is often prepared at home for breakfast. The coffee is brewed on stovetop Moka or caffettiera and poured into a cup containing heated milk. The Italian latte does not contain foamed milk. Outside Italy, caffe latte is made up of 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk; a 5 mm layer of foamed milk floats on top. Another version of latte is made with strong or bold coffee mixed with scalded milk in the ratio of 1:1. Though this is similar to a Cappuccino, the milk foam layer is of 2 cm in a Cappuccino.

Cappuccinos are prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam. The texture and temperature of milk is of prime importance. Milk is steamed to introduce tiny air bubbles into the milk; this creates what is known as micro foam and gives the milk a smooth texture and sweetness. The hot foamed milk is poured into the espresso which results in a 2 cm thick milk foam layer on top. Cappuccino has variations that make use of more milk, such as the cappuccino chiaro, or white cappuccino, and the cappuccino scuro, or dry cappuccino. Cappuccino Freddo is the cold version of the coffee drink and is usually topped with small amount of cold, frothed milk.

Latte Art

Latte art refers to the style of pouring steamed milk into the espresso and create a pattern or design on surface of resulting latte. This can be achieved by embellishing the top layer of foam. The art is difficult to be created consistently and is dependent on experience of barista and quality of espresso machine. To pour is the challenge of the latte artist.

In Italian "latte" is milk and caffè latte

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