By Emily Braybrooke
Do you really know the difference between your favourite caffeine based beverages?
If not, let us help with our handy guide to what makes a latte, a cappuccino and a flat white.
- The Cappuccino: Let’s start from the bottom. The first portion of a cappuccino is made up of the espresso. For a regular size, (usually a six to eight ounce cup) this is typically one shot.
The next stage is the pouring of the steamed milk over the shot of espresso. This should fill a third of the cup. The cappuccino is then topped off with the final third being thick, smooth milk froth. Oh, and of course the chocolate dusting.
- The Latte: The question that I get asked a lot as a barista is ‘what is the difference between a cappuccino and a latte?’ A lot of people believe it is just the cocoa powder, or the fact that a latte often comes in a taller glass, rather than a cup.
Some people prefer to make their lattes by pouring the milk first, and then adding the espresso last. If you do it this way, pouring the espresso over a teaspoon helps to create layers.
Personally, I prefer pouring the milk onto the espresso as this way you can create latte art by free pouring.
Like a cappuccino, you will start with one shot of coffee. The milk for a latte should not be as frothy as the cap and should be poured from a greater height to begin with, in order for the milk to fall underneath the espresso. The latte is topped with a thin layer of foam.
- The Flat White: “Isn’t that just a small latte?” No. The flat white is more than just a small latte.
Unlike the other two drinks, a flat white begins with two shots of coffee rather than one and is served in a slightly smaller cup.
Rather than thick foam, the milk that is free poured into a flat white should be smooth micro-foam. Unlike a latte, there should be no foam topping this drink.So now you know what makes up the three different coffees!
Which is your beverage of choice?