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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