About the Difference
Between Cappuccino and Latte

Traditionally a cappuccino has more foam and less milk compared to the latte. Also a cappuccino has chocolate powder dashed on top whereas the latte does not (some cafes choose not to dash on chocolate powder but more on this later).

In respect to their taste the two drinks are practically identical. A cappuccino tastes slightly sweeter due to the chocolate powder on top, but it’s the texture that you’ll notice on consumption. As a cappuccino has more foam it tastes thicker and can be enjoyed by spooning out the foam. Whereas the the latte has less foam and goes down much smoother and faster.

Below you’ll find instructions on how to make a cappuccino vs latte.

How is a Cappuccino Made?

A cappuccino is made as follows:

  • Extract one shot of espresso into a cup
  • Pour steamed milk into the cup
  • Pour 2-3 cm of milk foam into the cup
  • Dash chocolate powder on top

How is a Latte Made?

A latte is made as follows:

  • Extract one shot of espresso into a cup
  • Pour steamed milk to the cup
  • Pour 1cm or a “finger width” of milk foam into the cup
  • Latte art is optional

What are Lattes and Cappuccinos Served In?

One thing to note is that countries around the world serve their cappuccinos and lattes differently. BSoth the latte and the cappuccino were served in a ceramic cup. This is the typical serving method in the United States.

However in Australia and New Zealand, a latte would normally be served in a tumbler glass. The drink is exactly the same, just the vessel is different due to local trends.

Does a Cappuccino Have Chocolate Powder On Top?

To dash chocolate powder or not to dash chocolate powder? That is the question. Well, it’s the question that causes the most debate surrounding how cappuccinos are made.

If you were to order a cappuccino in Italy you would not get chocolate on top. Whereas if you ordered a cappuccino in Australia, UK or New Zealand, you would get a good dash of chocolate powder. The United States varies from cafe to cafe on whether chocolate powder is used.

But why is there such a difference in opinion?

Well there’s two reasons.

The first is that there’s no universal standard or “rule book” on how a cappuccino should be made.

The second has to do with local trends once again. AKA making what consumers expect to find. Being from Australia I’ve always made my cappuccinos with chocolate on top. This is how every cafe does it down here in order to give greater differentiation between a latte and cappuccino. Whereas the consumers near you may have different expectations.

So should you or should you not dash chocolate powder?

The answer quite unsatisfactorily is “it depends on your local trends“. But I recommend making a cappuccino both with and without chocolate powder so you can compare the difference.

What Should You Order? Cappuccino vs Latte

If you’re a fan of chocolate and extra foam, a cappuccino is your beverage of choice. But if you enjoy your coffee with less foam and no chocolate, a latte is the way to go.