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When you are about to order a milky coffee in a café, it wouldn’t be a surprise that there is more on the menu than “just” a cappuccino and a latte macchiato. All the new coffee variations are really great, but it doesn’t make it easier for you to pick one. We are here to help you discover the differences between the milky coffees: latte, latte macchiato, cappuccino and flat white.

The similarities of all four milky coffees

All milky coffees consist of one or two shots of espresso. Next to that, warm frothed milk, including foam, is used for every milky coffee variation. That leaves us with the question: What are the real differences between these coffee types?


  • Cappuccino
  • Flat White
  • Latte
  • Latte Macchiato


We all know the famous cappuccino that many people like to drink -and which has been on the coffee menu for years. This milky drink still asks for a more detailed explanation, because we like to discover what the differences are between him and his other “milky brothers and sisters”. A fun fact to start with: the cappuccino is a traditional Italian drink that is only served in the morning. It’s not likely for Italians to drink cappuccino during the day or in the evening. A ‘good to know’ when you are visiting this beautiful country. Alright, what does the cappuccino consist of? It’s one third espresso, one third frothed milk and one third firm milk foam. When drinking a cappuccino, you will first experience a lovely stiff milk foam, followed by a rich and milky espresso. Did you know you can create a lovely cappuccino at home with TASSIMO Cappuccino pods?


And than we have the flat white. Which is the newest addition to the milky coffee family, the little sister. The biggest difference between a flat white versus a cappuccino, is the use of a double ristretto (instead of espresso) and the thickness of the milk foam. The use of ristretto gives the flat white a richer coffee taste. The milk is also served differently. The foamed milk should be velvety smooth and topped with just a thin layer of micro milk foam which is blended into the warm milk. The foam layer shouldn’t have any air bubbles. If you like a more milky flavour, you can also make the flat white with a double espresso. When you order this coffee in your favourite coffee bar, the barista will most likely add a bit of art on your foam layer. The flat white is served in a smaller cup than the latte. TASSIMO also offers flat white coffee pods.


Meet the big brother of the cappuccino: the latte. A bigger and heavier milky coffee. The difference is the added amount of espresso and hot milk. For a latte you use two shots of espresso and two thirds frothed milk with just a little bit of foam on top. After preparation of the frothed milk, make sure you swirl the jug around to mix the warm milk with the foam. Tap the jug on the counter several times to get rid of any excess air in your foam. This way you’ll experience a latte with a rich foamy taste. Another good to know is not to order this drink in Italy, because when you do you’ll get a glass of milk. Latte means milk in Italian and Spanish. TASSIMO offers Latte pods to make a latte at home.


Next to the latte, there is the beautiful sister: latte macchiato. The difference between these two coffees is the way of pouring. With a latte, you start with espresso and then add the milk. With a latte macchiato, you pour the espresso in the frothed milk very slowly so you’ll get the three beautiful layers. Warm milk, one shot of espresso and a rich milk foam on top. Make your own layered Latte Macchiato at home with TASSIMO.

Now you know the differences between these milky coffees, you can buy your favourite TASSIMO coffee pods to create Barista style drinks at home!

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