Americanos, Lattes, Mistos, Red Eyes, and regular ol' cups of Joe — coffee options are endless.
And, hey, that's part of the reason we're so obsessed with the stuff. If one kind isn't your
kind, we're 200% certain you can find an option that is. And, although the luxury of options and the power of choice is a beautiful thing, understanding the differences between these varying coffee beverages can be overwhelming. So, in the name of summer and the assertion that iced coffee should (with no shame) be drank all year-round, we're breaking down the differences between two of the most popular iced coffee drinks out there: the Iced Latte and the Iced Americano. To start, we turn to math (don't panic) in a way that actually makes it incredibly simple. Iced Latte:
Espresso + cold milk +
ice. Iced Americano:
Espresso + cold water +
ice. That's literally it. Same exact coffee base (espresso, which means the same amount of caffeine), same exact temperature (chilled + ice), and a simple difference in the type of cold liquid used to fill each drink to the top (milk vs. water). You can technically add milk to an Iced Americano, making it pretty similar to an Iced Latte, but an Iced Latte doesn't require any
water. So, by nature, it'll always be the creamier option. Wondering which drink is for you? Honestly, it all depends on what you're looking for and how you normally take your coffee. If you're a fan of bolder flavors and usually drink your coffee black, go for the Iced Americano. In the mood for something sweeter and usually have to add milk to your regular morning cup? The Iced Latte's probably your best bet. Regardless of which drink you choose, you can rest assured knowing that although there are a ton of coffee options out there, the nuances between these particular two simply come down to a difference in one
liquid. And, if you're looking to brew either of the drinks at home on your own, you can shop some of our Nespresso pods here.