Long Black VS Cappuccino (In-depth Discussion)

Cappuccino and long black both are espresso-based coffee drinks. Cappuccino has equal parts of an espresso shot, steamed milk, and microfoam. Whereas, Long Black has only water added to the espresso shots.

People around the globe are accustomed to sipping coffee while getting through their busy workday. This caffeinated beverage helps us to get piles of work done instantly. The elevated energy levels result in being more productive throughout the day.

Though there is no doubt about questioning the wonders of coffee, there are many different varieties available for people to choose from according to their preferences.

Two such popular kinds are long black and cappuccino. But if you’re on the fence about the drinks, this article may help you in getting a detailed explanation of how to choose the best drink for you.

What’s The Difference In Preparing Long Black And Cappuccino?

The difference in preparation between a long black and a cappuccino is that a long black does not contain any form of dairy. On the other hand, cappuccino has an equal part of dairy and espresso shot.

Coffee is a drink with several health benefits. With tons of varieties, long black and cappuccino are the most running coffee around the globe. For people who enjoy straight-up coffee, they enjoy long black.

In a hot cup of nearly boiling water, a shot of ristretto is added to make a long black. Ristretto, if you don’t know is an espresso shot but it’s on the sweeter side. It is seeped with water for a shorter time, thus making it have less espresso harshness.

Plus, this way the crema is also intact giving it a much-rounded flavor.

Cappuccino on the other hand has dairy in it. Though it is also espresso-based it doesn’t have ristretto. The espresso shot, steamed milk, and milk foam all are added in equal parts when making a cup of cappuccino. This has a less subtle taste than long black.

I’ve summarized the difference between both the drinks in the table below.

ContentsLong BlackCappuccino
EspressoYesYes
Steamed MilkNoYes
Milk FoamNoYes
FlavorIntense and StrongBold and Milky

Which One Is Stronger?

A long black is stronger than a cappuccino. The subtleness of cappuccino comes from the fact that steamed milk is added to the espresso. And long black doesn’t have any form of dairy.

Espresso is a very strong form of coffee. It has very active coffee ingredients thus making it highly potent. Because of these attributes’ espresso is drunk in really small quantities and is used as a base for preparing other coffees like long black and cappuccino. But which one is stronger than the other? The answer is a long black is stronger than a cappuccino.  

Cappuccino entails an equal amount of dairy and espresso, thus making it a weaker cup than a long black. Since a long black doesn’t have any milk or sugar, the espresso and water make it a really strong cup of coffee.

Which Of These Coffees Is Healthier In The Long Run?

Both of these coffees are not bad if consumed within limits. But if we speak long term, a long black is much more beneficial than a cappuccino.

Before discussing which is healthier, I’ve made a table to let you know what nutritional contents are there in each coffee.

Coffee TypeCaloriesProteinsCarbohydratesSugarSodium Fats
Long Black 8 oz50 g1 g0 g5 mg2 g
Cappuccino 8 oz764 g5.8 g6.4 g50 mg3.9 g

Now that you know the nutritional contents of each Let’s discuss which is healthier.

Typically, coffee in any shape or form is healthy. It has some really great benefits for your body. It helps to elevate your mood, gives you an instant jolt of energy, sharpens your memory, and supports a healthy immune system.

Coffee can also help you pick up those extra weights in the gym or if you are seeking to lose weight. Along with all this, it protects you against many forms of cancer like liver cancer.

But all these are only viable if you consume coffee in suggested limits which is not more than 3 to 4 small 8 oz cups in a whole day.

pouring hot water in a cup filled with espresso to make long black

Coffee overdose can have the following adverse effects:

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Jitteriness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Dehydration

But if we talk about consumed cappuccino or long black even in suggested quantities, long black is a much better option health-wise. Why?

Because the sugar and full-fat dairy in the form of steamed milk and foam can create problems. Sugar as we all know by now is not that great if eaten in large quantities. It can lead to diabetes quickly.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends keeping the daily sugar consumption within 12 teaspoons. So, it clearly shows that it can be harmful to you if you’re overconsuming it.

Along with this, excessive amounts of dairy can also lead to issues. The Physicians Committee says, that dairy is one of the top contributors for giving diseases like Alzheimer’s, Heart-related issues, and type 2 diabetes.  

Therefore, a long black is healthier than a cappuccino.

Do The Caffeine Levels Vary In Both Of These?

Regardless of the fact that they both have espresso as the base, they do have different caffeine levels. There is about 80 mg of caffeine in a cappuccino and about 205 mg of caffeine in a long black.

There are many concentrated forms of coffee, including espresso. Coffee components like caffeine become very active and potent in this way since they’re tightly packed and very hot water is running through them.

Because of this, it isn’t consumed in large quantities. You will discover that most types of coffee begin with espresso. Having said that, you might think that every coffee made with espresso contains a lot of caffeine. It doesn’t. It depends on which additives are added to the espresso.

Cappuccino has about 80 mg of total caffeine in an 8 oz cup. Whereas Long Black has 205 mg of caffeine in an 8 oz cup. That is a lot of amount of caffeine. But be careful and do not overconsume it. The suggested amount is only 400 mg of caffeine in a day.

Watch this video to learn more about caffeine intake.

What Are The Differences In Tastes Of The Two Coffees?

The ingredients and the way both are made can make the coffees taste very different. A long black tastes a bit harsh yet sweet. And a cappuccino is milky and has a milder flavor. Plus, cappuccino has many flavors like vanilla, caramel, hazelnut to name a few.  

Cappuccino has espresso as the base. Then equal amounts of steamed milk and milk foam are added to the exact same amount of espresso shot. This gives the cappuccino a bold and sweet coffee taste with a frothy and silky mouthfeel.

It is an excellent choice for anyone who does not enjoy a very strong cup of coffee and likes the flavor and mild sweetness of dairy.

You will also find endless amounts of flavors for a cappuccino that suits everyone’s taste buds.

Some of these flavors include:

  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Caramel
  • Toffee nut
  • Peppermint
  • Raspberry
  • Hazelnut

The long black does not have any flavor options. It only comes in its classic form. The ristretto is a sweeter version of espresso.

This when added to hot water gives it a less harsh taste. But still, it’s a strong and power-packed cup of coffee. It does taste bitter and is quite strong with hints of acidity. But people love it who prefer straight-up coffees and no sweetness.

You can read more about the basics of a long black on my other article for further elaboration.

a barista making a cup of cappuccino

To Sum It All Up

A long black and cappuccino both are espresso-based coffees. These both have gained a massive amount of popularity in the last decade. Though they have the same base, the ways these two are prepared are very different.

A long black only has water and an espresso shot. People who enjoy power-packed coffee early in the morning rave about drinking this coffee. It is strong and has a sweeter taste than an Americano.

But a cappuccino is totally different. It has the same amount of all three ingredients that are espresso, milk, and foam. This gives it a strong yet milder taste with added sweetness from the dairy.

In the long run, I think a long black is better because there is no sugar and dairy. As we all know, excessive sugar and dairy can cause damage to our bodies. However, a long black also has very high levels of caffeine.

Whichever drink you prefer, it’s best to drink it in moderation.

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Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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