What Is A Cappuccino? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

by | Oct 1, 2019

Walk into any coffee ship worldwide, and you’ll see people of all ages sipping on the milky beverage that is a Cappuccino. It’s grown massively in popularity over recent years and is one of the most popular types of caffeinated beverages today.

Although you’ve come across and probably tried a Cappuccino, you may not know where it comes from and how it differs from other similar beverages such as Lattes. In this article, we’ll take a look at where cappuccinos originate and how they differ from other types of coffee-based drinks.

We’ll also take a look at an easy to follow Cappuccino recipe so you can get started on your journey to making the perfect Cappuccino. Once you’ve mastered the perfect Cappuccino, you can wave the expensive coffee shops goodbye and enjoy making coffee from the comfort of your own home.

What Are The Origins Of The Cappuccino?

As the name suggests, Cappuccino’s originated in Italy. The term Cappuccino first appeared in the 1930s in Northern Italy. At first, it was made in ‘’Viennese’’ style with whipped cream which is then sprinkled with chocolate or cinnamon. The steamed milk variant of the Cappucino would come later. After it’s original inception Cappucino’s spread across much of Italy and became a staple of Italian cafe culture throughout the twentieth century.

The way we enjoy Cappuccino’s today began to develop after World War Two, with the spread of modern coffee machines Italian coffee makers welcomed in the ‘age of crema’, with the new machines allowing coffee to be made at a higher pressure which would leave a small layer of crema on top of each Espresso.

The Espresso machines in the 1950s  could heat and froth milk, and the Cappuccino as we know it today was born. As the now-famous Cappucino became more popular, it spread beyond Italy, and it’s popularity in other parts of Europe and North American began to grow, turning it into the coffee powerhouse it is today.


Latte Vs. Cappuccino – What Is The Difference?

You may well have wandered into your favorite coffee shop and wondered if there are any actual differences between Cappuccinos and Lattes? In practice, they are very similar drinks, but there are subtle differences between the two. The main differences lie in the proportions of espresso, milk, and milk foam in the beverages. Traditionally a Cappuccino has more foam and less milk than the Latte.

Ideally, a Cappuccino should be one-third Espresso one-third milk and one third foamed milk, they are usually served in a 6-ounce cup. Latte’s, on the other hand, are served in a slightly larger 8-ounce cup. The achieve the classic velvety Latte you’ll need one-two shots of Espresso mixed with 5-6 oz of steamed milk. The steamed milk will take up around three quarters, and a thin layer of foam sits on top.

what is a latte

Due to Latte’s having more steamed milk than Cappuccino’s, they are usually stronger. So if you’re looking to kick start your morning, then a Cappuccino may be a better way to go than a Latte. A top barista should be able to finish off the Cappuccino or Latte with some creative artwork, to give both drinks a creative aesthetic.

Both drinks are relatively easy to make, and most Espresso machines allow you to be able to create both Cappuccinos and Lattes relatively easily. If you’ve been looking to get started in your coffee making journey, then a Cappuccino or a Latte is an excellent place to start.


How To Make A Cappuccino – Our Simple Recipe

If you’ve been looking for a Cappuccino recipe that’s easy to follow then you’ve come to the right place. Here we’ll take a look at what you’ll need to make your very own Cappuccino at home.

The first thing you’ll need is, of course, an Espresso machine, you’ll have to make up your own mind about which machine you go for. You’ll want a machine that is easy to use and has a good steam wand that allows you to froth milk easily and to a nice hot temperature.

You’ll also have to decide what kind of coffee you’ll want to use. If you prefer stronger coffee then consider a dark or medium roast, if you’re new to coffee, then you may want to go for a lighter roast. When your machine is ready to use, you’ll want to brew one or two shots of Espresso and pour yourself 4 ounces of milk that is ready to froth.

Once your milk has been frothed then you’ll want to pour your shots of Espresso into a Cappuccino mug, you can then top the Espresso with the frothed milk after it’s been frothed. When initially Cappuccino’s are only Espresso and Foam, you’ll quickly see the liquid milk out of the foam to give the Capuccino three equal parts of Espresso, Milk, and Foam. 


It might take a few tries to get your Cappuccino making skills up to scratch. The good thing about having a high-quality Espresso machine is that you can keep practicing until you get it right. Once you’ve made your Cappuccino, you can decorate it with a sprinkling of chocolate or Cinnamon or add sugar if you prefer a sweeter brew.


Get Making Those Cappuccino’s

One of the reasons why Cappuccinos have become so popular in the coffee world is because they are pretty straightforward to make and taste great. If you purchase an Espresso machine that’s easy to use, then you can begin to create many different types of drinks. Cappuccinos are a great way to get started and once you’ve got them mastered you may well want to experiment with Latte’s, Mochas and Macchiatos.

Learning to make a new type of coffee is always exciting. This article should have given you a good starting point to get started expanding your coffee palette. There’s a tonne of different combinations you can try once you master the basics of some of the easier coffee-based drinks and learning is half the fun. If you’re looking into which Espresso machine to go for then, there are a few different factors you’ll want to consider.

You need to decide on your budget and what kind of machine you can afford. If you’re new to the coffee world, then a cheaper machine is an excellent place to get started. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can then look at upgrading the machine, but a more affordable machine is a great way to practice your coffee making chops.

You’ll also want to consider how many coffee drinkers will be using your machine. Once you’ve got these factors figured out you’re well on your way to getting started in your Cappuccino journey!

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