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What Is The Difference Between A Latte And A Cappuccino

Difference Between A Latte And A Cappuccino

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With so many options for coffee on the menu, it can be a bit confusing to understand the differences between them all. The latte and cappuccino are two of the most popular drinks ordered in Australia, along with the americano and the flat white. But what is the difference between a latte and a cappuccino? Is there one at all? Carry on reading to find out all you need to know about the differences between the two.

What is the difference between a latte and a cappuccino?

The most obvious difference between a latte and a cappuccino is the texture of the milk inside the coffee. The steamed milk of the latte has a thinner mouthfeel, whereas the cappuccino full froth milk is a little heavier on the pallet. The other difference between the two is that cappuccinos tend to use less milk than lattes do. This is due to the milk frothing up during the aeration process, and a cappuccino is intended to be served in a smaller portion compared to a latte.

What is the difference between a latte and a cappuccino?

Latte vs. cappuccino: Which is stronger?


The cappuccino uses less milk in the coffee, as the majority of it sits on top of the drink, in a foam-like state. Therefore, leaving the cappuccino tasting stronger than a latte. Despite the cappuccino tasting stronger, both coffee beverages contain the same amount of espresso, meaning that the caffeine content is the same.


That means that the strength of the coffee is measured purely based on how much of the espresso you can taste.



Is one of them sweeter than the other?


As with all steamed milk beverages, they taste sweeter as the steaming process draws out the milk’s natural sweetness. Due to the latte’s milk-to-espresso ratio, it will taste sweeter than a cappuccino.


There you have it. Hopefully, now that you know what the difference between a cappuccino and a latte is, it will make your next coffee order a little bit easier. Want to compare more coffees and understand their differences? Why not take a look at our article about frappés and how they are different to a Frappuccino, next?

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