Latte versus Espresso
The Popularity of Latte and Espresso Beverages
Latte and espresso beverages lend themselves well to comparisons partly because they are featured together so frequently, even though they certainly could not be regarded as opposites. People will often see latte and espresso beverages grouped together. Coffee experts and fans will tend to rate both of these beverages very well. Espresso and latte beverages are perceived as genuinely high-quality by almost everyone who really takes coffee seriously. However, that doesn’t mean that these two beverages are similar in other ways.
Espresso itself is basically just a form of very strongly flavored black coffee. It tends to have a very rich flavor compared to many of the other types of coffee that are available. People who drink espresso often want to taste the rich flavor, and they will typically just drink it without any sugar or milk added to it.
In some cases, people will add some token amounts of sugar and milk, but they still will not add enough to really take away from the flavor. When people get espresso beverages served to them, they will just get the coffee itself unless they request some milk or sugar. Anyone who gets an espresso typically likes coffee for its own sake.
Espresso is very strongly caffeinated unless people specifically get a decaffeinated version. In many cases, this will not be possible at coffeehouses. People tend to think of espresso as embodying the characteristics of coffee, but to a particularly powerful degree. They don’t want any of those characteristics blunted.
A cafe latte is usually made with espresso. Its other ingredients include steamed milk and milk foam. Espresso is the base, and people could say that it is one of the ingredients. In fact, people could say that the ultimate difference between a latte and espresso that’s served separately is that in one case, the espresso is served by itself and in the other case, the espresso has milk and milk foam added to it. Fans of espresso that’s served by itself will tend to view cafe lattes in that way.
In terms of the flavor, a cafe latte will be completely different from an espresso that is served on its own. Cafe lattes tend to have a very mild flavor. People will tend to taste the coffee slightly, but the sharp flavor of the espresso will be blunted by the milk. The milk foam will also have a way of completely changing the texture. People will tend to associate cafe lattes with the milk foam in spite of the fact that the foam will tend to dissipate very quickly.
A cafe latte will give people a lot of the benefits associated with espresso. They will certainly get all of the caffeine of espresso. They will still get some of the sharp flavor, in spite of the fact that the milk will tend to make it seem duller. However, some people find that espresso is just too bitter on its own rather than rich, and the milk of a cafe latte will give them the best of both worlds.
Coffee Fans and Coffee Beverages
There are different schools of thought about the appreciation of coffee. Most of the different coffee drinks out there will tend to use espresso coffee as a base, even if they are otherwise full of chocolate, milk, foam, and a lot of other ingredients.
There are some coffee fans who object to adding almost anything to espresso, even in the case of a cafe latte. They think that people should learn to appreciate coffee for its own sake, since coffee is often an acquired taste.
Other coffee fans believe that coffee can add something special to many different beverages, but that it does not necessarily have to be the sole ingredient of a beverage. They like the interactions between coffee and other ingredients.
Some coffee fans will argue that a cafe latte is more or less just milk. However, pure milk and cafe lattes still taste very different, and the espresso really does add something that is truly special. Ultimately, the people who like pure espresso and the people who like cafe lattes both like espresso, and the two beverages are not so different.