The Simple Differences Between Lattes, Cappuccinos, Macchiatos

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America runs on coffee. (Sorry, Dunkin’)

We will wait in line for easily fifteen minutes (or more) to enjoy the perfect bitter taste of java on our lips at a local Starbucks. I hear you saying, “Fifteen minutes is so long,” but have you ever seen an under-caffeinated me? It’s depresso.

And don’t get me started on what to order. So many options! Lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, oh my! But are they really that different? Coffee is coffee, and all specialty drinks are some combination of espresso, milk, and foam, right? Yes. But what makes each coffee concoction unique is how exactly these ingredients are mixed.

Let’s have a simple look:

Latte – 1 Part Espresso, 2 Parts Steamed Milk, 1 Part Light Foam

Cappuccino – 1 Part Espresso, 2 Parts Foamy Milk (a blend of foam and milk)

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Macchiato – 1 Part Espresso, 2 Parts Streamed Milk, 1 Part Foamy Milk

There are, of course, tons of other ways to fancy up your coffee – these are just the most famous. If you ever get confused, here’s a little diagram (click to enlarge):

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There you have it. And the next time, instead of asking yourself, “What do I want to drink?”, think: “How do I want it?”

Happy caffeinating!