Differences Between An Americano And A Latte
By Claire Miles - July 18, 2021

Americanos and lattes are both espresso-based beverages that are commonly ordered, but that’s where the similarities end. We’ll break down the differences for you. Once you know the difference, you’ll be able to order with confidence at your favorite coffee shop.

Summary table

AmericanoLatte
Made with espresso and hot waterMade with espresso and steamed milk
Bold and intense flavorTopped with microfoam
Thin consistencyRich, creamy flavor
Generally served blackThicker, velvety mouthfeel

Definitions

Espresso

Espresso is the base of the drink. After that, hot water is added, and then you have an americano. This is the classic version, though some people get them iced or even with milk and sugar added. Americanos have a strong espresso taste and are a choice for those who enjoy that bold flavor

Latte

Espresso is also the base of this drink. However, instead of water, steamed milk is added to it. It also has a thin layer of foam on the top. A latte is typically a hot drink with a classic espresso flavor and milk for creaminess. It can be enjoyed in various ways, though. Just like an americano, it can come iced. Another way to personalize it is to add a flavor, like toffee, hazelnut, or cinnamon. Yummy!