Someone said if you can tell the difference between an espresso and a cappuccino, you are a coffee connoisseur. But don’t get me wrong, even though a coffee connoisseur is sometimes still confused to clearly distinguish between espresso vs. cappuccino. But don’t worry about that, because we will answer your question this time.
If you look at it at a glance, an espresso and a cappuccino don’t seem to have anything in common and the taste or smell is easy to distinguish from each other. Espresso is considered a pure coffee with a light brown or distinct dark color. Espresso is served in smaller glasses with very short portions.
The cappuccino is the opposite, the cup is bigger, has layers of froth and steamed mild, and has a silky texture. To find out more details, let’s discuss them one by one.
History of Cappuccino
The history of this drink originates from Italy and Austria. The name cappuccino is taken from Italian descent from a 16th-century friar order with a color that matches the color of the drink. The first cappuccino recipe appeared in a late 18th-century German publication. Starting from that time, many espresso machines emerged that were used to make cappuccinos, and became a favorite breakfast drink in Italy in the early 19th century until now.
History of Espresso
Espresso can refer to two things, coffee that is pressed to fit in the cup, or the taste you get from squeezing the coffee and how quickly the drink is made. Espresso became popular after the emergence of the espresso machine in the late 19th century. After WWII many advancements for machines and espressos are booming. Advancements are devoted to different variations by making better brews from pressure control and improved pumps.
The Differences Between Espresso Vs. Cappuccino
3 main things distinguish these two drinks. The two reasons are the number of ounces produced and how the drink tastes, and one reason is the addition of milk and foam. Let’s explain a little more in detail.
1. The addition of milk and foam
Cappuccinos have fluffy foam with a silky texture, while espressos are pure coffee with a strong flavor without any foam or silky texture. For coffee lovers without any additives, espresso is your straight choice.
2. The size
The two drinks have different portion sizes. Espresso has a serving size of 2-3oz, while a small cappuccino can go up to 8 ounces. If you want to drink more drinks, cappuccino is your choice.
3. The taste
The presence of milk in one of the drinks is a differentiator for the taste of the two. Espresso has a bold and intense flavor with bitterness, while cappuccino has a thick, frothy, and creamy flavor. Imagine the coffee flavor is mellowed by the milk. You can choose a cappuccino flavor option to your preference, such as replacing milk, like almond or soy.
These two drinks remain a difficult choice to determine because they have a distinctive taste that cannot be separated. Sometimes you want to start the morning with espresso, or you start with a cappuccino for a creamy taste in every sip.