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What's the difference between cappucino and latte?

Asked by janbb (42873 points ) July 17th, 2009

My friend and I were in a cafe; she ordered cappucino, I ordered the latte. When they came, they looked the same. I always assumed there was a difference; maybe in the type of milk, maybe in the proportions. Is there? What is the difference? I know I could google, but I want your take on it.

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EmpressPixie's avatar

The amount of milk and foam involved is the difference. I will attempt to find the poster for you.

Tink's avatar

Isn’t a cappucino like creamier or something?

aiwendil's avatar

“Cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed-milk foam. A cappuccino as such differs from a caffè latte in that it is prepared with much less steamed or textured milk than the caffè latte, with the total of espresso and milk/foam making up between approximately 150 ml and 180 ml (5 and 6 fluid ounces).” -Wikipedia, Cappuccino

“A latte (from the Italian caffè latte, meaning “coffee [and] milk”) is a type of coffee drink made with hot milk. ” -Wikipedia, Latte

EmpressPixie's avatar

Here it is!

Equal amounts for the capp (one-third each), more milk and less foam for the latte.

aiwendil's avatar

@EmpressPixie I love that poster! It was such a blessing the first time I was shown it. :)

Blondesjon's avatar

Seventy-Five Cents.

janbb's avatar

Thank you all – especially @aiwendil for the text and @EmpressPixie for the poster!

(And @Blondesjon for his two cents.)

eponymoushipster's avatar

This image, which was featured on Lifehacker (i believe), explains the difference between a variety of coffee beverages. very helpful and interesting.

Starbucks used to have a little brochure thing that explained the same thing the same way, but it’s no longer available, apparently.

casheroo's avatar

The best information I got was when my job title was “coffee specialist” at Krispy Kreme. It was intense training…I’m not kidding. But that chart @EmpressPixie is awesome.

eponymoushipster's avatar

dammit, i should have clicked that link…dammit

RachelZ's avatar

I am a barista so I know the exact difference! BTW a CAPPUCCINO at the GAS STATION IS NOT A CAPPUCCINO! :) LOL

Latte= ALL MILK WITH A SHOT OF ESSPRESSO
Cappuccino= MILK FOAM FOAM & FOAM its really light and really strong with a espresso at the bottom… also you can order it wet wich means a little milk, or dry which is all milk foam & the espresso!!

Yetanotheruser's avatar

@RachelZ I know what you mean. I don’t care how you try it, but the powder they put in those machines just is not the same as having freshly brewed coffee.

I once had a barista tell me that a mocha is technically a type of latte.

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