Coffee was first introduced to Britain in about the 16th Century, and was generally believe to have medicinal qualities. During the American War of Independence from Britain coffee replaced tea as the drink of choice, and the Boston Tea Party was evidence of that with tea being tipped into the sea in protest against taxes and rejection of tea as the main drink of choice.
Coffee has steadily become more popular in Britain and now is almost more common than tea. From the 1940’s coffee was the brown turgid brew that arrived in thick pottery cups and was usually served tepid (or worse cold), bitter, and had to be rendered drinkable by adding lots of sugar.
Then in the 1950’s and 60’s came frothy coffee, expresso coffee injected with high pressure steam to create a froth, and so the times changed. Some folk became attracted to expresso itself and to this day some people like (love) to drink the strong undiluted coffee – sometimes a double shot that will definitely keep you awake.
More recently again with the explosion of new and exciting coffee outlets we have a wider choice of coffees, the coffee beans are better, the quality excellent and the richness of choice is amazing, including Latte and Cappuccino. Coffee’s now come to Britain from Brazil, Costa Rica, and Kenya etc. each bringing their own special qualities of taste.
Latte and Cappuccino are two of the most common coffees requested, they are similar, but different, so much so that folks are often not sure about which is which.
What is the difference? Both are yummy, refreshing and enjoyable. Sitting for a while chatting over a Latte or Cappuccino is a true pleasure.
Both forms use expresso (or espresso if you prefer), this being the coffee element, it is rich and dark and strong, most people cannot drink expresso neat so it is altered with additives – milk in various forms.
Latte has about a half steamed milk, a quarter espresso, and a quarter hot milk. The coffee is not as frothy as cappuccino, and therefore not quite so thick and creamy.
Cappuccino is one third espresso, one third hot milk, and one third frothed milk scooped on top, and with powdered chocolate sprinkled on top. Quite rich and creamy, if that is your preference it is lovely and warming, especially on a cold day.
Whatever your preference, coffee is a great pick me up and it usually hits the spot.
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