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    Can my understanding of the difference between Caffe Latte and cappuccino be fortified, please.

    Is it simply the same shot (s) of espresso under the same qty of milk, but more foam atop the cappuccino, with a thinner, less foamed layer topping the latte?

    Not counting any art or sprinkles!

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    The difference is cappuccino has more froth on top and can have chocolate on top.
    Lattes have less froth and no chocolate.

    Both have the same shot amount - 30ml

    Some websites claim that because the cappuccino has more froth less milk is added to the drink as 1/4 of the drink is made up of froth??? I see froth as milk :\

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    I hope never to have to endure another cuppuccino
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    typo I had a laugh, its early :\

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    I hope never to have to endure another cuppuccino
    That's a bit harsh Dennis, it's probably the drink of choice for the masses when I'm out and about and am forced to order a brew in an establishment noted for it's below average coffee I always order a cup of chino

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    When my son worked at a club he said the only difference was one was served in a glass and the other a cup with chocolate sprinkled on top.
    I had a laugh.
    His punters knew no different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I always order a cup of chino
    My fave order when I did it for a buck was "2 mugs of chinos" ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    My fave order when I did it for a buck was "2 mugs of chinos" ....
    Ha, and they wonder why ya become a bit of a cynic after you've been at it for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vowles View Post
    Can my understanding of the difference between Caffe Latte and cappuccino be fortified, please.

    Is it simply the same shot (s) of espresso under the same qty of milk, but more foam atop the cappuccino, with a thinner, less foamed layer topping the latte?

    Not counting any art or sprinkles!
    It does vary from place to place but at competition level it's accepted as...

    Caffe Latte - espresso shot, steamed milk, 1cm of froth, mostly served in a glass.
    Cappuccino - espresso shot, steamed milk, more froth (1-2cm), chocolate sprinkle (Australia), served in a cup.

    Traditional Cappuccino is 1/3rd coffee, 1/3rd milk, 1/3rd froth -- pretty hard to do in a cup over 180ml (which many are these days)
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    I used to be under the assumption a capa should be hotter as a latte would be cooler. I thought latte meant warm milk in Italian? Been a few years since I was into coffee so the memory is a bit scratchy as to whether there is any truth in it.

    Dan

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    The thicker froth cap on a cappuccino would help to keep it hotter for a longer period of time

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    Quote Originally Posted by danzx6r View Post
    I used to be under the assumption a capa should be hotter as a latte would be cooler. I thought latte meant warm milk in Italian? Been a few years since I was into coffee so the memory is a bit scratchy as to whether there is any truth in it.

    Dan
    'Latte' literally means 'milk' in Italian (not 'warm milk'). Just as 'lait' is French for 'milk'.

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    Regarding the chocolate on cuppacinos, what's the deal with sprinkling the chocolate directly onto the espresso and then only adding the milk after? I think it helps with "latte art", but the problem is the chocolate dissolves. Maybe I sound like a little kid, but I kind of like the chocolate sprinkled directly on the froth. Anyone else with me?

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    If adding chocolate, cocoa etc. on the shot before pouring the milk, it is usually only for contrast in latte art.
    Some places do it to prove that they did art even though a Cappuccino was ordered.
    If done properly, the vast majority of the sprinkled stuff should stay on the top. If it is getting mixed in, then the pour is not going to plan in my opinion.
    If it really bothers you, I'm sure you could ask for the chocolate to be put on after the milk.

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    At work we put the choc on top of the espresso to have the art visible. As long as the barista is raising the crema and not bruising the heck out of it, then it shouldn't dissolve (as seen below). Although sometimes for takeaways I like to have more fun and do an inverted cap where you put the choccy on top of the milk so you get a golden crema but brown art! Can work very effectively but I do suspect that the chocolate is being mixed in with the beverage so I don't do it to often.

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    I like a "wet cap" - which is essentially a latte in a cappuccino cup with/without a dusting of chocolate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinitasse View Post
    The thicker froth cap on a cappuccino would help to keep it hotter for a longer period of time
    That's debatable. The increased surface area of the top, as well the reduced volume of hot liquid (non-foam milk) I would think it would actually lose temperature faster.

    If your coffee is good, it should never last long enough to go luke warm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkfalz View Post
    That's debatable. The increased surface area of the top, as well the reduced volume of hot liquid (non-foam milk) I would think it would actually lose temperature faster.

    If your coffee is good, it should never last long enough to go luke warm
    I suspect Vinitasse is correct Darkfalz, the froth/foam acts as an insulating blanket, however as you say, its all academic, the brew usually doesn't last long enough to cool down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I suspect Vinitasse is correct Darkfalz
    hmmm... think I might get that printed up on a T-shirt as a self indulgent Christmas prezzy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkfalz View Post
    I like a "wet cap" - which is essentially a latte in a cappuccino cup with/without a dusting of chocolate.
    If it's without, it's an albino-cino!

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    So where does a "flat white" fit in the scheme of things compared to a latte?



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