There are a number of different coffee drinks that you can buy or make and deciding between them can be confusing.

This post will show you the difference between a Frappuccino and a Latte, how they are made and what they taste like.

So, what is the difference between a Frappuccino and a Latte? A Latte is an espresso with steamed milk added to it with a little bit of milk foam. Frappuccino refers to cold coffee’s sold by Starbucks which is normally a blend of milkshake, ice cream and Cappuccino.

Latte and Frappuccino differ a lot in the way that they taste and in the way that they are made. There are also a wide variety of ways that they are made which can greatly impact the way that they taste.

Difference between Latte and Frappuccino

Below, I will show you the differences between Latte and Frappuccino.


A latte is generally considered as 300ml of steamed milk added to a double espresso shot (60ml) that is then topped off with a small amount of milk foam.

This will generally give a latte a hot, creamy, slightly sweet and coffee like taste.

How to make latte

To make a latte it will first be necessary to make espresso so that you can add the steamed milk and the milk foam to it.

Espresso is the dense mixture of water and coffee that is the result of pushing pressurized water through ground coffee.

Since it requires pressurized water to be pushed through the ground coffee it is necessary to use a special machine that has been designed to do it.

There are two types of machines that will make an espresso the first is a traditional espresso machine that requires you to put ground coffee into a portafilter and the other is a pod machine where you just put a pod in the machine and press a button.

The advantage of using the traditional style of espresso machine is that it will give you a lot more control over the way that the espresso is made and therefore over the way that it tastes.

This is because it requires you to select the type of coffee beans, their roast, their origin, the amount of coffee grind to use in the portafilter, how finely to grind the coffee and the temperature to set the water to be. All of these things can greatly impact the way that the espresso tastes.

However, it will involve a lot more work on your part and it will require more time to make the espresso and to clean the equipment. The traditional espresso machine that I would recommend the most would be the DeLonghi Combi Coffee & Espresso Maker on Amazon.

On the other hand, the pod machines are much easier to use since all you have to do is to put the pod in the machine and to press a button. The downside here is that you will have less control over the way that it tastes.

However, it will give you a very consistent taste which is hard to do with a traditional machine and pod machines come with many possible flavors for you to choose from so it would be unlikely that you won’t find a taste that you like.

The pod-style espresso machine that I would recommend the most would be the Nespresso Inissia.

While the espresso is being made it will be necessary to steam the milk slightly so that there isn’t too much foam. Once the espresso has been made and the milk has been steamed you will then add the milk to the espresso and you will have your latte.

You can use any type of milk when making the latte and the type of milk that you use will have an impact on the taste. If you use whole milk then it will cause the Latte to taste slightly creamier while using reduced fat milk will give it a less creamy taste.

What impacts its taste

Depending on the way that you make the Latte there are a number of factors that will impact its taste.

The type of coffee beans used, their source and their roast will all have an impact on the taste. Coffee beans that are single sourced and beans that have a light roast will normally have more of a bitter taste. While a blend of coffee beans will generally give a more balanced taste. If the beans have a dark roast then it will usually cause the espresso to taste slightly more bitter.

The grind and amount of coffee used to make the espresso will also impact the taste of the Latte. If the coffee is ground very fine then it will mean that it will take more time for the water to pass through it causing the espresso to have a bitter taste. If it has a less fine grind then it will often result in a more sour taste.

As mentioned above the type and amount of milk used to make the Latte will also have an impact. If a lot of milk is used and if it is whole milk then it will make the Latte taste more creamy. While if less milk is used then it will cause it to have a stronger more coffee-like taste.

How Latte and Cappuccino differ

Latte is very similar to another type of coffee drink called a Cappuccino.

A Cappuccino is an espresso that has had milk and milk foam added to it.

The difference between the two is that a Latte will generally have a lot more steamed milk added to it and less milk foam. While the Cappuccino will have less steamed milk added to it but more milk foam. This will generally mean that the Cappuccino has a more coffee-like and sweeter taste.


A Frappuccino is where milkshake, ice cream or iced tea is mixed with Cappuccino. Frappuccino is made by Starbucks and it comes with a wide variety of flavors.

Frappuccino and Latte differ a lot in the way that they taste. The main way that they differ is that a Latte is served hot while a Frappuccino is served cold. Additionally, a Frappuccino will generally have a sweeter taste depending on the flavor that you choose.

Two of the most popular Frappuccino flavors are the Mocha and Vanilla flavors which you can see here.


Do Frappuccinos taste like coffee? Frappuccinos will not usually have a coffee like taste depending on the flavor that you get.

Do Frappuccinos have coffee? Frappuccinos don’t have to have coffee in them but some do.

Do Frappuccinos have milk? Frappuccinos do normally have milk but some of the newer ones are designed for people that are lactose intolerant.

Is Latte stronger than regular coffee? Normally, a coffee will be stronger since the milk in a Latte will generally suppress the strength of the espresso it is mixed with a lot.


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