One of the most popular drinks in the world is coffee. Hundreds of millions of people consume the drink once a day, whether purchasing from a coffee shop or brewed right at home. As a kid, I used to believe people drink coffee for the taste. I was completely unaware of the real reason. Once I learned it was like getting struck with a bolt of electricity, I was hooked. And then I started to learn there were different types of coffee. Experimenting with coffee can be an experience, from Percolators to Latte’s, to Cappuccino.
Until writing this article, I had no clue what separated Cappuccino from a Latte. I judge coffee off of how well it gets the brain going. And that begs the question: Is a cappuccino a strong form of coffee?
What is a Cappuccino?
Coffee that has no additions to its murky darkness is known as coffee black. A Cappuccino is a form of coffee made with milk and espresso. It is a delicate multi-layered drink. The bottom layer contains the desired amount of espresso shots. The “kick”. Steamed milk is added on top as its next layer. And yes, you can have almond milk or other variations. The last layer is milk foam that provides a wonderful, creamy texture to showcase and introduce the bottom portion. It follows a 1-1 ratio, half liquid, and half foam. It is typically served in a 6oz cup. The best cappuccinos are a product of the best cappuccino makers.
A Cappuccino is most delightfully consumed in the morning time because it is a heavy drink. This is due to the amount of milk and sugar in it as opposed to plain coffee black. So, how does it relate to other coffee?
Cappuccino vs. other Coffee
What is a latte? It is very similar to a Cappuccino with one distinct difference. The bottom layer of a Latte is the exact same as a Cappuccino, mostly 1-2 shots of espresso. The next layer that it BLENDS with is as well steamed milk, only SEVERAL ounces more. It is topped with milk foam as well, but what it looks down at is different from a cappuccino. Instead of having three layers, two of liquid and one of milk foam, it has only two layers. This is because the espresso and steamed milk blend together. Instead of equal amounts of steamed milk and espresso, there is typically double the amount of steamed milk.
When comparing the two side by side, you’ll quickly taste the powerful espresso flavor encompassed in a cappuccino. Since a latte has double the amount of steamed milk, it will be richer and creamier. Because of this addition, a cappuccino will have fewer calories than a latte.
If you plan on sipping the drink a latte should be your choice. It is mellower and not as strong as a cappuccino. For instance, having one at your desk at work. If you want a smaller drink that packs more of a punch, a cappuccino should be your choice. Like at a work meeting.
Although there is a standard for the portions of both drinks, some baristas may have a heavier hand than others. If you are to be served by a higher-end coffee professional, who uses one of the best cappuccino makers, you will most likely get perfection. Some may be stronger and some may be weaker.
A traditional cup of coffee is the same as a coffee black. Most likely made from a traditional coffee drip brewer or a percolator. A standard cup of traditional coffee contains more caffeine than that a cappuccino. This is because the water in an espresso machine only briefly comes into contact with the grounds as opposed to lengthier mating in traditionally brewed coffee. A traditional cup of coffee is less heavy if there is no milk added, and can be best served at any time of the day. There are fewer calories compared to those in a cappuccino. So if you want coffee at night, traditional coffee is the way to go.
When brewing coffee, different grinds will create different outcomes. Finely ground coffee beans are typically used to create espresso and bigger grounds for traditional coffee drip brewers. It is also important to follow one tablespoon per cup of coffee you plan on drinking, as more tablespoons will produce stronger and more bitter results. If you were to use bigger grounds while making espresso, it will not be as strong as opposed to more fine grounds.
So, is a cappuccino a strong coffee? Yes, it can be. The standard cappuccino is less strong when compared to a standard cup of coffee black, but there are many factors. It depends on how many tablespoons of coffee grinds are used as more tablespoons = more caffeine. Even if it is the standard one tablespoon per cup, different coffee beans produce different levels of caffeine extract. Although a traditional cup of coffee contains more caffeine, a cappuccino is still a strong option. It will get the body and mind going, and that’s all that matters.