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Differences Between Flat White and Latte

Latte and flat white are definitely the most commonly ordered espresso-based drinks in cafes around the world, but what are they really? Have you ever wondered the difference between a latte and a flat white? Let's see what makes latte and flat white different from each other!


Latte is an espresso-based beverage consisting of 1-2 espressos and lightly steamed milk. The amount of espresso has improved over the years; The traditional #latte only contains one espresso and ~250ml of milk, but in recent years drink sizes have gotten a little bigger, it has become common to serve your latte with a 350ml cup and two espressos.

It's similar between latte and #flat #white, but what's different about cappuccino is the foam - latte and flat white should be less, #cappuccino more foamy. Depends a lot on what kind of cup/mug/glass the beverage is served in.

coffee latte 1-2 cm foam

flat white 1-2 cm foam

cappuccino 2-4 cm foam

As the name suggests, latte is coffee with milk and the drink is quite milky and has a light coffee flavor. Perfect for someone who is just starting to drink coffee or someone who likes bigger coffee and wants less coffee flavor in their drink. Latte is also the basis of some flavored espresso drinks, such as a caramel latte, cafe mocha, or vanilla latte.

Flat White

Flat white is usually served from a glass, but it is also common to serve it in a small mug. The flat white size should be around 200ml and is always served with two espressos, making the coffee flavor a little stronger compared to lattes and cappuccino. As the name suggests, the amount of foam should be flat - as little as possible (~1cm). Less foam and more espresso makes the perfect drink for the flat white latte art, and a great contrast can be created from double espresso and light steamed milk.


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