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Flat White vs Latte vs Cappuccino : Understanding the Differences

Flat White vs Latte vs Cappuccino: Understanding the Differences

If you're a coffee lover, you've probably heard of flat white, latte, and cappuccino. These are three of the most popular espresso-based drinks that you'll find at any coffee shop. But what are the differences between them? In this blog post, we'll explore the unique characteristics of each drink so that you can make an informed decision the next time you order your favourite coffee.

Flat White vs Latte vs Cappuccino: Understanding the Differences

Flat White

The flat white is a coffee drink that originated in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s. It's made with a double shot of espresso and steamed milk, but with less milk than a latte. The milk is steamed to a microfoam consistency, which gives the drink a velvety texture. The flat white has a strong espresso flavour and is served in a small cup. It's perfect for those who want a strong coffee flavour without too much milk. A flat white is smaller than a typical latte, usually around 6oz total. 


  • 2oz espresso 
  • 4oz milk


Flat White vs Latte vs Cappuccino: Understanding the Differences


The latte is an espresso based beverage that's made with a shot of espresso and steamed milk. It's a popular drink in many countries and is known for its smooth and creamy texture. The milk in a latte is steamed to create a layer of foam on top of the drink, which is perfect for creating latte art. Lattes can be customized with different flavours and syrups, making them a popular choice for those who prefer a sweeter coffee drink. Latte's have more milk than a Flat White. 


  • 1oz - 2oz espresso 
  • 6oz - 10oz milk 


Flat White vs Latte vs Capp: Understanding the Differences


The cappuccino is a classic Italian coffee drink that's made with equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and foam. The milk in a cappuccino is steamed to create a thick and creamy foam that sits on top of the drink. The foam is an important part of the cappuccino, as it provides a contrast to the strong espresso flavour. Cappuccinos are usually served in smaller cups than lattes and are perfect for those who want a strong coffee flavour with a creamy texture. Cappuccino's are similar in size to a flat white (about 6oz) and have more foam. 


  • 2oz espresso 
  • 2oz milk
  • 2oz milk foam



Flat White vs Latte vs Cappuccino: Understanding the Differences


Flat white, latte, and cappuccino are three of the most popular espresso-based drinks that are loved all around the world. While they may seem similar at first glance, each drink has its own unique characteristics that make it stand out.

Whether you prefer a strong espresso flavour or a smooth and creamy texture, there's a coffee drink out there for you. Now that you know the differences between these three drinks, you can confidently order your favourite coffee and enjoy it to the fullest! 

Want to learn how to steam milk to make one of these tasty beverages? Check out this blog post, or the YouTube video at the bottom of the page! 


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