If you’re a coffee-lover, the chances are that you’ve at least heard of cappuccino and latte. But how do you know which is better? Are there differences between the two?

To help you find out more about cappuccino vs. latte, here’s an in-depth description of them to help you decide which one you want to order at your local coffee house.

Take a look at this article to learn more about the cappuccino vs. latte debate, their differences, and how you can choose which one is better for you.

Cappuccino vs. latte

The world of coffee can be a confusing one, with many different varieties to choose from and so many different ways to make each cup. Cappuccino vs. latte is one of the most popular debates you’ll see around coffee shops.

And the truth is, you can’t go wrong either way. Each type of coffee has its own set of perks and tastes great!

Here’s what you need to know about the differences between a cappuccino and a latte:

  • A cappuccino is made using 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 foamed milk.
  • A latte is made using 30% espresso, 50% steamed milk, and 20% foamed milk on top.

As you can see from the comparison above, both coffees use the same ingredients but have different ratios.

"Cappuccino vs. latte differences."

While a cappuccino is made with equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk, a latte uses the same amount of espresso, but a higher amount of steamed milk is added instead of foamed milk.

Is there a difference in coffee used?

Both a cappuccino and a latte use the same coffee; they both use one shot of espresso as the basis.

The real flavor difference is not the espresso coffee that is added; it’s the amount of milk used and the way the milk is added.

However, an espresso is the most crucial step in making a great cappuccino and latte. If you don’t have a great coffee as the basis, it’ll leave you with a cup of hot and foamed milk with a touch of coffee.

Let me tell you a bit more about the difference in milk used as this is the biggest reason these coffees are so different from one another:

Which coffee uses more milk?

Although the same ingredients are used in a cappuccino and latte, there is a difference in the amount used. A latte uses more milk than a cappuccino with the following amount:

  • A cappuccino uses 1/4 cup (0.06 l) of milk.
  • A latte is made with 3/4 cup (0.18 l) of milk.

Both coffees use the same amount of coffee, so the amount of milk makes the biggest difference in taste and texture.

The second biggest difference between these coffees is that they use a different kind of milk. Almost in all cases, a cappuccino is made with whole milk.

"Milk in a jar, ready to be steamed and foamed."

On the other hand, a latte can be made with whole milk, but also with lower-fat dairy like 2% fat milk. The difference in milk determines the flavor of the coffee drink and the texture.

While whole milk makes for the fullest flavor, lower fat milk has more texture in it.

Cappuccino vs. latte caffeine and the calorie difference

A cappuccino and latte have the same amount of caffeine. Because both coffees use one shot of espresso, they contain 68 mg of caffeine per serving. (source)

The number of calories does differ, have a look at the table below to see the difference in calories:

Coffee: Amount of milk used: Number of calories:
Cappuccino 2 oz (60 ml) whole milk 34 calories
Latte 6 oz (180 ml) 2% fat milk or whole milk 95 or 102 calories

A latte coffee has much more calories because there is triple the amount of milk used. The number of calories can change depending on which milk variant you’re going for but will still be more than the cappuccino.

Now that you know the difference between caffeine and calories, are you wondering which is better? Let me tell you about the difference in taste and which might suit you best:

Cappuccino vs. latte, which is better?

Most people love to relax with a nice hot cup of coffee. There are many kinds of coffee that you can choose from, and whatever your taste is, you are bound to find the kind that you like.

"Cappuccino vs. latte."

Now that I’ve talked about the differences between a cappuccino and a latte, it’s time to decide which is better. If you cannot choose between the two, have a look below:

  • Go with a cappuccino if you love a stronger tasting coffee, with a well-balanced amount of milk added.
  • If you like coffee with more milk, so the coffee doesn’t taste so strong, your best pick will be a latte.

In my opinion, the cappuccino is the best choice. I like the texture a bit more, and I’m also a fan of more robust coffee. For me, a latte has just a bit too much milk to taste the awesome espresso.

I highly recommend either making both coffees and tasting them next to each other or ordering them at your local coffee shop. Taste them both and see which of the two you like more. It’s all about personal preference.


It keeps amazing me that so few ingredients can make for such great coffee drinks. They are also so easy to make, which is excellent when you have a busy workday.

Whichever you prefer, both coffees are a great choice and will get you through those tough days.

If you’re interested in learning more about the differences in coffee, you can check out the articles I’ve listed below. I’ve made these comparisons so you can choose which you like best.

Do you prefer a cappuccino or a latte? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!

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