Cappuccino, Mochachino, Latte: What's the Difference?
Cappuccino, mochachino, latte, machiato... What the hell's the difference???
Coffee strength will vary from cafe to cafe, but generally speaking, the darker the roast, the stronger the caffeine. Some cafes will serve a double-shot as the standard (that is 30ml of coffee extract), while others will serve a single-shot standard, (15ml coffee extract). Ask the person at the counter when you order your coffee if they have double- or single-shot standard.
If you have milk with your coffee, steamed milk should be 120-160 degrees. If the milk is under-heated, your coffee will be warm... You don't pay $4 a day for a warm coffee! If you like the taste of the coffee at a cafe that doesn't serve it hot enough, ask them to make it hotter. If they don't or the cafe isn't that great anyway, try somewhere else.
If you ever taste a bitter, caramelized taste to your coffee, the milk is burnt.If this happens, ask for it to be made again. Often hospitality industries are more than willing to replace something that you don't approve of, if they're not, don't go back there again, because they obviously don't care about customer service as much as they should.
- Cappuccino: A cappuccino SHOULD consist of 30% coffee extract, 50% textured milk, and 20% foamy/creamy milk. Cappuccinos are for the coffee connoisseur whom likes a medium-strong cup of white coffee. Creamy/foamy milk is either poured, or spooned on top of the cup of coffee. The creamy milk on top of the coffee will either be sprinkled with cinnamon or chocolate powder.
- Flat white: Flat whites are for people whom like a standard white coffee. As the name indicates, a flat white should be flat on top. This means no foam. 15-30% coffee, 70-85% milk.
- Mochachino: Mocha's are a blend of coffee, chocolate and milk. Mochachinos are for choco-holics, or people who need a not too indulgent chocolate fix. Mochas are much like cappuccinos, usually served with a little less foam than cappas, often topped with chocolate powder or sauce.
- Chai latte: This drink doesn't actually involve any coffee, instead, 30ml pf chai syrup is combined with hot, textured milk.
- Lattes: will be served as either single or double shot , heated milk, with 1-2 inches of creamy milk on top. They're for people who like a smooth, milky coffee.
- Long-black: A long black SHOULD consist of 200ml boiled water, and a DOUBLE shot of coffee should be poured over-top of the water, forming a creamer. A long -black should not be served without a light brown, light creamy colour on top. Long Black's will usually be double-shot standard, so ask for single if you like a weak black coffee.
- Short- black: Short-blacks are straight, pure, extract shots of coffee, often served with a jug of hot water on the side.
- Macchiato: Macchiato's will either be long or short, referring to blacks. The only difference between a short/long black and a macchiato, is 1-3tablespoons of creamy milk, which is to be placed on top of the drink.
The main flavoured syrups available to be added to coffee are, caramel, chocolate, hazelnut, coconut, Irish cream, white chocolate, vanilla, and mint.
I advice that everyone asks for trim milk also when ordering a coffee..Because when the milk is heated, fat cells are activated in the milk, to intensity the over-all fat content of regular milk. So heating milk, takes a potentially fatty substance, and makes fattier.
Know what you're ordering when you ask for a coffee, and if you're coffee isn't how it should be, tell the person making it, how you want it!