Trying to decidewhether to order a cappuccino or a latte can betough. Mostly because they’re so alike and taste almost identical. Some customers can never settle on one choice and never learn the difference either. Here’s a brief explanation on how they are made and what might be a better choice for you.
The Proportion of Ingredients Is Different
Both beverages make use of the same ingredients. However, the main difference between the two is the proportion of each ingredient, that is, espresso, milk and milk foam. Cappuccinos are generally made with more milk foam and less milk, while lattes are made with more milk and less foam. If you know this, the choice of choosing between the two becomes so much easier. Due to the addition of more foam in the cappuccino, it’s much thicker and you’ll take a longer time to finish up your coffee since you need to get the foam out of the way. The latte on the other hand, is much smoother and you’ll be able to drink it up much faster. Thanks to the higher proportion of milk, it also tastes sweeter and less bitter. If you want to learnhow to make these drinks professionally, consider following a barista course Melbourne.
The Basics of Making a Cappuccino
To delve deeper into the subject, let’s take a closer look at how a cappuccino is made. Pour a shot of espresso into a cup (a shot is about 25 ml). Over this, add in an equal amount of steamed milk. Finally, add a layer of milk foam, about 2-3 cm thick. Some places add a sprinkling of chocolate powder on top to enhance the flavour.
The Basics of Making a Latte
Start with the espresso, and add the same amount as in the cappuccino. Pour in steamed milk, about double the percentage of espresso. Remember this is the key difference. Once this step is complete, add 1 cm of milk foam on top. Lattes may or may not come with attractive latte art, but don’t usually have chocolate powder sprinkled on them.
How They Are Served
Another detail to consider when you’re trying to decide between the two is how they are served, according to where you are. In addition to the proportion of ingredients, this is another important difference. It usually depends on the country and the trends of locals. In the United States, both cappuccinos and lattes are almost always served in a ceramic cup. Glasses and tumblers are reserved for drinks such as macchiato. However in Italy, you’d find cappuccino served in a glass and in Australia and New Zealand, lattes are usually served in glass tumblers.
The Italians, who like to keep things traditional, generally don’t add chocolate powder to their coffees. On the other hand, in Australia, the UK and New Zealand, locals love their cappuccinos with a generous dose of chocolate powder. Now that you know the essentials of how these are made, you can finally decide which one you like better!