When it comes to choosing between a latte and coffee, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Coffee is a simple, classic beverage made by brewing ground coffee beans in hot water and served black or with added milk. On the other hand, a latte is an espresso-based drink made by combining one-third espresso with two-thirds steamed milk and a layer of foam on top.
One notable difference between the two drinks is their calorie content. Lattes tend to contain more calories due to the added milk and potential sweeteners, while coffee is virtually calorie-free. However, the addition of milk in a latte gives it a creamy and smooth texture that many coffee lovers enjoy.
In terms of caffeine content, a latte typically contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee. An 8-ounce latte with one shot of espresso contains about 65 mg of caffeine, while an 8-ounce cup of drip coffee can have between 80 to 140 mg of caffeine. However, it is common for coffee shops to make espresso drinks, including lattes, with two shots, which would bring the caffeine content of a latte closer to that of a cup of coffee.
Ultimately, whether a latte or coffee wins the battle is up to the individual’s taste and preferences. While coffee may be a classic and straightforward option, a latte offers a creamy and indulgent alternative for those who enjoy milk-based beverages.
Last updated April 28, 2023