Latte vs. Cappuccino vs. Macchiato vs Americano: What’s the Difference?

Latte vs. Cappuccino vs. Macchiato vs Americano: What’s the Difference?

With our entirely new handcrafted espresso experience, you can now enjoy terrific espresso at a great value, delivered at the speed of Dunkin’.

We’ve introduced state-of-the-art espresso equipment, a new recipe for a stronger and more robust flavor profile, and even a bold and bright new cup design to deliver rich, smooth and balanced lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, Americanos and more. But you may be wondering, what are the differences between these espresso drinks?

Janet Rock, our Manager of Culinary Innovation and an expert in all things coffee, offers insights into the subtle differences between lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and Americanos:

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A latte is the creamiest of our espresso selections. Two-thirds of the beverage is steamed milk, poured over a shot of espresso and topped with a layer of milk foam.


A cappuccino is foamy and smooth. It is a classic choice for espresso drinkers made up of a shot of espresso topped with steamed milk and a thick layer of milk foam, 


A handcrafted, layered macchiato is a rich and bold choice. A layer of steamed milk is topped with two shots of espresso, and finished with a thin layer of milk foam.


The newest addition to our espresso lineup is the Americano. It combines two shots of espresso with water for a rich and espresso-forward drink.


With our new espresso lineup, sipping really is believing. Try our new espresso today, now available hot or iced at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide. And be sure to share your espresso favorites using #Dunkin on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.