I can in truth say that the local coffee houses are ‘responsible’ for the capucchino and latte confusion. In most of these places both cappuccino and latte are made from poor quality espresso and topped with a lot of foam and milk. However, both capucchino vs latte are different from each other.
Capucchino Vs Latte
What is Latte?
The latte was originally an Italian coffee drink, known as “caffelatte”. You can find it anywhere in the world now. It is also known as “cafe au lait” in France, “cafe con leche” in Spain and “Milchkaffee” in Germany. It was always meant to accompany breakfast and a pumpkin latte was never better to try.
A coffee latte is actually a double shot of espresso topped with steamed milk. Since both cappuccino and latte are drinks made with espresso and milk, I think we should mention the way to brew espresso here as well. To obtain espresso, the coffee grounds are compressed into a dense puck of coffee.
Then hot water at around 200 Fahrenheit is forced through the puck under high pressure, between 10 and 15 bars, to extract what we call “espresso”. The coffee beans need to be ground very finely to create a dense filter that will allow high pressure during extraction. This is why you cannot do this on the stove in your kitchen.
So this is the big secret, this is what differentiates espresso from the regular coffee: more finely ground coffee beans and the special high-pressure brewing technique performed by the espresso machine. Espresso has a much more intense flavour than regular coffee.
From espresso to a delicious homemade latte or homemade capucchino there are just a few easy steps. There are also many blends and recipes on how to make a latte and usually, espresso is garnished on top with steamed milk, not foam or froth.
But I mentioned the pumpkin latte earlier, my favourite blend from the cappuccino vs latte challenge; let’s see quickly what we need: 1 tsp pumpkin puree, 1 cup whole milk, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, ½ vanilla extract, 2 cups strong coffee, whipped cream.
Directions: first, brew the coffee in an espresso machine. Then add the pumpkin puree, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and the vanilla in a blender. Cook over low heat until the milk gets warm and begins to froth (around 5 minutes). Pour ½ cup of the pumpkin mixture into a coffee mug, heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and then add 1 cup of brewed coffee. Top it off with a little bit of pumpkin milk and sprinkle some nutmeg. Done!
The glass in which a latte is served is very important because the drinker must be able to see the amount of milk added to his coffee. You might also see that sometimes there is the foam topping the latte. It is just used for presentation purposes, to make it more tempting. The designs usually include shapes of a heart or a leaf.
I hope you enjoyed my capucchino and latte review.