What is Cafe Latte Attack

What's what ?: Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato & Flat White

Cappuccino, latte macchiato and flat white have become an integral part of the coffee shop beverage repertoire. All three have one thing in common: They are all milk coffee specialties. In terms of preparation, however, they differ fundamentally. So that you don't have to think twice about your next coffee order, we will tell you in this article what makes cappuccino, latte macchiato and flat white unique.


The cappuccino

Did you know that cappuccino originated in Austria and not in Italy? It used to be prepared as a mocha with a liquid whipped cream. Because this specialty was visually reminiscent of the head of a Capuchin monk, it was christened “Capuchin”. Later he came to Italy; For the preparation, however, the Italians no longer used the lush whipped cream, but fine-pored milk foam. They adopted the name “Capuchin” and translated it into their mother tongue - “cappucio”. And from then on it wasn't far to the "cappuccino". 😉


A real cappuccino consists of one part espresso, one part milk and one part milk foam. First the espresso is in the cup; then it is infused with the frothed milk.


The most important factors in preparation are the ratio of coffee, milk and milk foam, as well as its consistency. It should be fine-pored - and this texture is only created if the milk is properly frothed. The following applies: You should have learned how to prepare the perfect espresso and how to froth the milk, otherwise the cappuccino will not taste good. You can learn exactly how all of this works in our barista courses. You can find all information and the dates here.


The latte macchiato

The most obvious difference between cappuccino and latte macchiato is not the preparation, but the containers in which the drinks are served. The latte macchiato comes in a glass that should have a larger capacity than a porcelain cup.


A latte macchiato consists of the same three parts as a cappuccino, but the amount of milk is significantly larger. Because this drink is usually served in a glass, you can see three layers. To achieve this effect, the frothed milk is first put into the glass during preparation and only then the espresso. Because the coffee is hotter than the milk, it will settle between the milk and foam when you pour it carefully.


The flat white

The coffee specialty from Down Under only came to Austria a few years ago. The creation of the "Adelaide Asskicker" has already proven that Australians like to drink their coffee a little stronger.


The difference between a cappuccino and a flat white is the coffee. While a simple espresso serves as the basis for the classic, a double espresso ristretto - a stronger espresso variant - forms the basis for the Australian specialty. A flat white also has a thinner layer of milk foam than a cappuccino. For friends of a slightly stronger latte, a flat white is exactly the right drink.


That's them, the small but subtle differences between the milk coffee specialties. Which one will you choose? 🙂


All the best,



Ana Cukic

Ana is responsible for J. Hornig's social media presence. As a coffee aficionado, she mainly feeds on caffeine and as a digital native she can only be found online.