A type of coffee made with espresso and milk that has been frothed up with pressurized steam.
The name cappuccino comes from the resemblance with the brown clothes wore by the capuchin monks – cappuccini in Italian – that is said to be an idea originally developed at the end of the 18th century, inspired by the Austrian “Kapuziner”, a drink made with coffee, whipped cream and spices.
The spread of the Italian cappuccino can be traced back to the 1930’s, alongside with the espresso machines that allowed to obtain the specific texture for both the coffee and the milk that are found in the cappuccino.
Even though people will argue about the different methods that they might follow to prepare this drink, the cappuccino is usually prepared with 125 mL of milk and 25mL of coffee, with the milk foam being dense and not airy, taking about a third of the cup.
This is considered as being the basic way of preparing the cappuccino, on which can be added cocoa powder or cinnamon, that eventually have lead to “coffee art” where the visual preparation is sometimes more important than the drink itself…