Espresso vs Coffee: What's the difference?

Cappuccino

  • A cappuccino is a popular coffee drink that’s made by topping a shot of espresso with steamed milk and milk foam.
  • Typically, it contains equal parts of each and is made up of about 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 foamed milk.
  • This gives the final product a creamy, rich, and smooth taste and texture. 

Latte

  • The term “café latte” literally translates to “coffee milk.”
  • Although there is no standard recipe for making a latte, it generally involves adding steamed milk to a single shot of espresso.
  • In some cases, it’s also topped with a light layer of foam, and sugars or sweeteners may be mixed in as well.
  • Compared with the other beverages, lattes have a more mild, slightly sweet flavor, as they contain a greater proportion of steamed milk.

Macchiato

  • Traditionally, the macchiato is made by combining a shot of espresso with a small splash of milk.
  • However, many other variations are available, including the latte macchiato, which is made by adding a shot of espresso to a glass of hot milk.
  • Because the macchiato is usually made using just a small amount of milk, it has a much stronger flavour than other coffee drinks.
  • It’s also much smaller than other drinks, with a standard serving clocking in at just 1 1/4 ounces (37 ml).