What is a Cappuccino, a Latte and an Espresso?
Cappuccinos, lattes and espressos may sound delicious, but do you really what these coffee beverages are? Their subtle differences give them their unique tastes and textures so that coffee lovers have a number of choices when it comes to choosing their favorite beverage. Best of all, many machines on the market are capable of making all three specialty coffees either manually or semi automatically.†
What is a Cappuccino?
A cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink that combines hot milk, espresso and a layer of creamy foam made from steamed milk. Cappuccinos are made using one third of espresso on the bottom of the cup, followed by one third of steamed milk and topped with one third of foam. An espresso maker is the best machine to use since it has an internal milk system that heats the milk and produces the foam. The foamy layer is one of the signature characteristics of cappuccinos and often has artistic decorations on it as well as chocolate shavings, sugar or cinnamon.
What is a Latte?†
A latte is an Italian coffee drink that is made from espresso and steamed milk. There are many variations to lattes since you can replace the milk with soy milk or replace the coffee with matcha, mate or masala chai. This is what makes lattes so interesting; they come in many different forms and are served differently depending on where in the world youíre ordering them from. For example, some lattes are served in a glass on a saucer while others are served in a bowl. Lattes are made using one or two shots of espresso, steamed milk and a layer of foamed milk. They may also be made using a very strong coffee and mixed with the same ratio of scalded milk. A latte has less froth on top compared to a cappuccino.†
What is an Espresso?†
An espresso is a warm beverage that is made from hot water and finely ground coffee beans. The water is forced through an espresso machine under high pressure and mixed with the coffee beans to produce a slightly thicker, syrup-like coffee beverage. There is also a layer of foam on top, and the flavors are much defined since the beans are placed under such high pressure. The foamy layer is unique compared to other methods since itís not being produced from steamed milk. Instead, the foam is a result of having the solid and dissolved components being extracted under pressure. Espresso has more caffeine than regular drip coffee and is used as the base for cappuccinos and lattes.†