All Espresso Drinks Explained: Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato & Beyond

What sep­a­rates the Cap­puc­ci­no from the Lat­te, and the Mac­chi­a­to from the Dou­ble Espres­so? These are some impor­tant questions–questions that demand answers. And Euro­pean Cof­fee Trip–a YouTube chan­nel run by two Czech guys with a love for spe­cial­ty coffee–has answers. Above, they break it all down for you. Find time­stamps for the dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions below.

0:58 Sin­gle Espres­so

1:35 Dou­ble Espres­so

1:55 Amer­i­cano

2:18 Lun­go

2:37 Fil­ter cof­fee (no espres­so!)

3:16 Cap­puc­ci­no

3:46 Espres­so Mac­chi­a­to

4:07 Cortado/Piccolo

4:30 Flat White

4:54 Caf­fé Lat­te

To delve deep­er, you can also watch James Hoff­man’s always infor­ma­tive video. It cov­ers sim­i­lar ground, but also touch­es on some oth­er vari­a­tions of espres­so drinks.

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  • Daniele A. Gewurz says:

    It’s fun­ny that Czech guys explain this, since these are how Eng­lish-speak­ing peo­ple call cer­tain drinks by using Ital­ian words, most­ly regard­less of how we actu­al­ly call stuff in Italy.

  • Bea Dauber says:

    I’m con­fused. All of them appear to be HOT drinks.

    But, some peo­ple tell me that their cap­puc­ci­nos are ICED.

    I hate the taste of cof­fee but need the caf­feine so now I under­stand the milk ratios and why the lat­te seems to work the best for me.


    Have you done a seg­ment on black cof­fees based upon the type of cof­fee bean (Colom­bian, Indone­sian, etc.)

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