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What are the Differences Between Latte and Cappuccino?

Cappuccino and latte are the most popular types of coffee in Italy. Hot milk is used in the preparation of each. The difference between the two is that more steamed milk is used for the latte than for the Cappuccino. A 350 ml cup of #cappuccino is approximately 175 ml of milk and milk foam.

Origin of Latte and Cappuccino

The first mention of the terms “caffè” and “latte” dates back to 1847. They later appeared in William Howells' Italian Travels in 1867. The word "latte" in Italian originally meant milk.

The coffee version of this drink is a purely American invention. In its modern form, the Caffè latte was first prepared by barista Lino Meiorin at the Caffè Mediterraneum in California. In fact, he diluted a cup of strong Cappuccino with milk, giving the new drink the name "caffè latte."

The commercial version of the cappuccino appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, when Luigi Bezzera introduced his patented espresso machines in 1901. The ease of making cappuccino with such a machine made the drink popular in cafes and restaurants. Cappuccino took its modern form in the 50s of the last century.

Latte art is a particular style of pouring steamed milk into espresso to create a pattern or design on the drink's surface (cream layer). Creating two identical patterns in this art is not easy and the elegance of the pattern depends not only on the barista experience but also on the quality of the #espresso machine. Using the right technique for pouring milk into a drink is a #latte maker's main task.


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