Understanding the differences between coffee drinks can be confusing. There are so many different names! Even though the differences may sound subtle, they can make a big difference in how your coffee tastes. If you’re wondering how to brew your own coffee or what exactly to order at the coffee shop, we’ve got you covered. Here are the differences between an espresso, a lungo, and a latte.
An espresso is a small amount of coffee that is made through a special process. Coffee beans are brewed with boiling water under high pressure. Espressos only make around 30 ml of coffee. Espressos can be enjoyed on their own or used as the base of many popular coffees including short blacks, flat whites, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and lattes. Any coffee bean can be used to make espresso but some beans are better suited than others.
A lungo is similar to an espresso. They are brewed the same way and the same beans can be used. The difference is in how much water is used. A lungo uses about twice as much water as an espresso, which means it takes longer to pull and produces about twice as much coffee as an espresso. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it has different amounts of caffeine or flavor, though. The type of beans used to make the espresso and lungo are what makes the difference.
A latte is a popular coffee drink that uses espresso as a base. Lattes are made with a shot of espresso and then topped with steamed milk. Lattes can be hot or cold. Hot lattes are popular because they are less frothy than a cappuccino and you can make drawings on top of the milk froth. You can also add flavorings to lattes so that they can be sweet, which is a popular option among those who do not like the flavor of straight espresso.
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