The Bitchy Barista: The Difference Between a Cappuccino & a Latte
You know that stereotype about snobby coffee people? That often gets applied to baristas, which just so happens to be my job title. Since working with coffee, I've learned a thing or two about espresso.
So, now that I've learned the coffee lingo, I have a major bone to pick with whoever decided to mass market the term "cappuccino." It's no wonder I get ridiculous orders such as a "blended cappuccino, please."
Oh honey, you don't know what a cappuccino is, do you?
You know what makes a cappuccino different from a latte? Foam.
Lots and lots of foam. That's all a cappuccino is - shot(s) of espresso, a splash of steamed milk, and piles of foam on top.
(And if you're not quite sure what a latte is, it's simply espresso + steamed milk).
Now, I never make the person ordering a ridiculous drink feel silly. Before starting at Moxie Java in March, I wouldn't have known better either!
But whenever I see milkshake flavors entitled "frozen cappuccino" I just want to smack someone in the forehead for the misused term. So yes, I suppose I've turned into one of those snobby baristas. Oops.
If you didn't know the difference between a cappuccino and a latte before, I hope this enlightened you! Also, don't think I look down on you for being ignorant - the term is being misused in many flavored items, so I don't blame you! But hey, now you know, and when you step into your favorite coffee shop, you can be more confident in your order.
Espresso yourself! ;)
Okay, I think this gal needs a cup of coffee to wake up and stop using cheesy puns.
What do you think about this post? Would you like to see more like it? Since working at a coffee shop, I've certainly got a few more Bitchy Barista posts I could write up. Let me know in the comments!