If I had to venture a guess, I’d say that your first trip to a cafe might have been a little baffling. When half the items on the menu are in another language, things can get a little confusing. Sometimes too, coffee houses will come up with their own names, which only adds to the bedlam.
Taking a step back from the “Dunkaccinos” and “Frappuccinos” and all the other kinds of “ccinos” out there, we decided to take some time to focus on the infinitely less gimmicky forerunners of these drinks, the Cappuccino and the Latte.
For a Cappuccino, it's all about proper proportions. Regardless of the actual volume of your drink, what you want to do is make sure that you add equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and foam, so that each makes up 1/3 of the drink.
With Lattes the portions are a little less strict. Pretty much you add your shot to a cup and fill the rest of it with steamed milk. So, say you have an 8oz cup, you add your shot which we'll say is about 1oz, so that means you should add about 6oz of milk. The amount of milk is really going to depend on your glass, so the Latte allows for more flexibility in its preparation.
For an even more in-depth look, follow the link here to see Morgan and our resident Espresso Professor Mark Jackson discuss the differences between a Latte and a “Cappuccino," and to learn how to make one for yourself!
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