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Latte vs. Flat White – What is the Difference?

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Latte vs. Flat White - What is the Difference

The most popular espresso-based beverages in cafés throughout the world are undoubtedly the caffe latte and flat white, but what exactly are they? Have you ever wondered what makes a caffé latte different from a flat white? Let’s examine what distinguishes a flat white from a caffé latte.

Caffe Latte

A Caffé Latte, also known as a simple latte, is an espresso-based beverage made with one to two espressos and barely heated milk. It has traditionally been served from a tall glass, although larger cups are becoming more and more popular in modern society. Additionally, the number of espressos has increased over time. Whereas the original latte is delivered in a 250ml glass with just one espresso, it’s now rather normal to receive your latte in a 350ml cup with two espressos.

Latte and flat white should have less froth than cappuccinos, while cappuccinos should have more. This is one similarity between latte and flat white and a difference between the two. So what is less? These amounts would be my “standards,” however it greatly depends on the type of cup/mug/glass used to serve the beverage (glasses typically make the quantity of foam appear larger than in cups);

latte coffee 1-2 cm of flat white foam 1-2 centimetre of cappuccino foam 2 to 4 cm of foam
Caffe latte, as the name implies, is coffee mixed with milk (caffé is coffee and latte is milk), and the coffee flavour is relatively weak. It’s ideal for someone who may be just beginning to drink coffee or for someone who prefers larger portions and less coffee flavour in their beverage. The base for several flavoured espresso drinks, such as caramel, cafe mocha, or vanilla lattes, is frequently latte.

Flat White

As practically all other espresso-based beverages do, the flat white has its roots in Australia. Although it’s also normal to offer flat whites in small mugs, flat whites are frequently served from a glass. A flat white should be about 200 ml in volume and is always made with two espressos, giving it a somewhat stronger coffee flavour than a latte or a cappuccino. As implied by the name, there should be as little foam (around 1 centimetre) as feasible. The flat white is the ideal beverage for latte art since it has less froth and more espresso, and one can create a fantastic contrast with the double espresso and softly boiled milk.

For someone who is more accustomed to the flavour of coffee and wants something a little stronger, I would suggest a flat white. If I’m in a café and decide to get something with milk, I personally like flat whites more. Try a flat white sometime!


The Capuchin monks gave the beverage its name by comparing the colour of their capes to the surface of cappuccinos. Cappuccinos are almost generally served with one espresso and in a 150-200ml cup. The amount of foam distinguishes a cappuccino from a latte or flat white; it should be double that amount (2-4 cm). A 1-1-1 norm for cappuccinos has also been established: one part espresso, one part warm milk, and one part froth. But I believe that standard is now out of date.

In Italy, there is a humorous “law” concerning cappuccinos: one shouldn’t order one after 11am because cappuccinos are considered morning beverages because they contain a lot of milk and are therefore viewed as heavy.

Do you desire more information? For instructions on how to create caffé latte, cappuccino, and flat white, be sure to check out our Brew Guides!

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