First, let’s start with introductions for those that are new to coffee.
A latte is a drink that contains two doses of espresso shots, and steamed milk. It is a term that was originated in Italy, caffe e latte, caffelatte or caffellate, which all and all translates to milk coffee.
Meanwhile, similar to lattes, a cappuccino is also made of espresso and it also contains milk, while the same as latte, this as well is originated in Italy. There are other variations of cappuccinos which instead of milk, they involve the use of the cream, while afterward flavoring with cinnamon or chocolate powder.
As you can see, these two drinks are pretty similar, they have mostly the same context and the same ingredients inside, while the point is that the ratio of espresso, warm milk, and milk foam can all be adjusted to how you want your drink to be at home, and in other terms, you can name it however you see fit, because, from my experience, I don’t find much difference between a latte and a cappuccino.
The better and the most accurate way to explain their differences is that cappuccino is topped with an airy, thick layer of foamed milk, whereas a latte is topped with a thin layer of foamed milk. In similar terms, both drinks are made with steamed milk, and both drinks contain a rich shot of espresso, so besides the difference in the top layer of the drink, everything else remains mainly the same.
Many barista’s craft the cappuccino in different ways, dark and rich espresso can be found under a smoothed and stretched layer of thick foam, but most trained people know which is the specific weight and what’s ideal to make your drink as much perfect as they can.
The more distinct the layers, the stronger the coffee flavor.
Although cappuccino is not the only drink that can be crafted in different ways, this goes for a latte as well. The layers of espresso and steamed milk are mixed together and are a follower with a light layer of foam on the top of the cup, while different from cappuccino’s, a latte is creamier and the coffee flavor is more subtle.
Since we mentioned the differences between them, your next objective should be finding the best latte machines, and trust me, it can be pretty frustrating since the market is pretty huge and you literally got thousands of options available.
However, from my experience, I suggest you go for a budget-friendly machine, don’t go too high on the price because there’s not much philosophy to making a latte, it’s as simple and easy as it sounds.
I hope this article was helpful to you, and if you have any questions regarding this topic, make sure you contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.