Cappuccino and Latte - Are they different ?

Every time we go to Dunkin Donuts to grab some coffee, we usually order cappuccino and latte, with whipped cream and no sugar. In most of the Dunkin outlets, they mark the coffees to differentiate one from the other. However, at one particular outlet they did not do so. When we asked them why they haven't marked, they said they're both the same. We certainly felt both the coffees were different, as we weren't tasting these flavours for the first time. Since we didn't want to argue, we accepted whatever they gave. The tastes certainly were different.

We came back home, did a small research (yes, on coffees *grin*) and this is what we discovered:

Cappuccino Equal parts of espresso and hot milk topped with cinnamon and nutmeg, and usually whipped cream
Latte Strong espresso coffee with a topping of frothed steamed milk
They indeed are the same. It's just the way they're prepared, is different. But, that's what gives them their unique tastes. So, the next time someone tells you cappuccino and latte are the same, leave alone the coffee -- don't even buy that answer !

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2 Response to Cappuccino and Latte - Are they different ?

December 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Don't know how but I landed up on this as my first read in your blog ;) probably because I love cappucino with whipped cream!

btw, my take - all coffees are the same & they differ only in preparation - some with milk, some black, some strong, some light... now, how about that thought ;)

Good read!

December 21, 2010 at 10:24 PM

@Sri: Thanks for stopping by!

Nice thought. Basically, a coffee is a coffee is a coffee - huh? I second that! :)

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