Difference Between Americano And Latte
By Andrew Parker - November 29, 2021

If you are a coffee aficionado, you’ve probably memorized all of the different types of caffeinated beverages available at your local cafe. If you prefer tea over coffee, though, you probably don’t know the differences between an americano and a latte. Here is how you can tell them apart.

Table Summary

AmericanoLatte
Water and espressoMilk foam, steamed milk and espresso
Bold flavorRich, creamy flavor

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Definitions

Made with a shot of espresso and hot water, the americano is a classic caffeinated drink all over the world. It has a bold and intense flavor and is usually served black. Its consistency, unlike a latte, is very thin due to its ingredients.

A latte, on the other hand, is a drink made with a shot of espresso, steamed milk and milk foam. It has a rich consistency and creamy flavor, and can have several added flavors such as caramel, hazelnut and cinnamon.

Americano VS Latte

While both options are commonly ordered at cafes all around the world, there are a few differences between an americano and a latte. While an americano is made with a shot of espresso and some water, a latte is made with a shot of espresso, milk foam and steamed milk. The differences in ingredients affect their tastes and consistencies: while a latte has a richer texture than an americano, the latter tastes bolder.