Coffee Guide of the Day

Caffe Latte

A Caffe Latte is a single shot of espresso with steamed milk. There is notfrothed milk in this drink. A Caffe Latte should have approximately a 3:1 ratio of milk to coffee. Note: ordering a Latte in an Italian restaurant may get you a glass of milk so be sure to order Caffe Latte.

Cafe au Lait

A Cafe au Lait is similar to a Caffe Latte except it is generally made withbrewed coffee instead of espresso in a ratio of 1:1 milk to coffee with sugar added to taste.


Cappuccino is traditionally equal parts espresso, steamed milk and frothed milk. Many coffee shops will add much more milk than this in the belief that bigger is better.


An Americano is a single shot of espresso with 6 to 8 ounces of hot water added. This term was originally devised as a sort of insult to Americans who wanted their espresso diluted.


Amanda said…
Good to know - thanks Pete! I'm usually a bit confused. That's one reason I usually get tea. When I was in Italy, we went to the same place and we thought we ordered the same drink, but one time it was good and had lots of sugar and milk and another time it wasn't really as good and more like coffee, I think we said cafe latte.

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