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Au Lait vs Cappuccino vs Latte

So really now what's the difference between a latte, cappuccino, or café au lait?
I was curious so I did some research and we can all learn together!
Let's get started:

Café au lait "coffee with milk"
This is a French coffee drink (clearly look at the name).  A coffee with hot milk added.  Hot is a big difference.  Apparently if you take coffee and put regular milk or other whitener and add it, this is called white coffee.
It seems café au laits are made differently depending on which country your in.  Let's just talk about the US.  Typically it uses strong drip brewed or French pressed coffee, to which steamed milk is added.  I have ordered this before at one of my fav coffee shops and they let me choose which coffee I want to use.
It seems to be quite different in Europe.
This is an Italian drink.  Basically it's 1/3 espresso, 1/3 hot milk, and 1/3 steamed-milk foam.
Latte is very similar to a cappuccino.  Lattes have 1 shot of espresso and steamed milk, topped with foam.  But hey, what's the difference between a latte and cappuccino?  Basically the amount of foam.  Cappuccino's have more foam than lattes. 

So there you go.  The first of our breaking it down series.


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