What is the Difference Between Wet and Dry Cappuccino?
When it comes to the world of coffee, there are many terms to describe coffee drinks, methods of making coffee, and appliances for making coffee, from flat white coffee to dry cappuccino, these terms can often be confusing for many people.
The classic cappuccino is synonymous with coffee. It will always have a place on the menu, be it early morning or after dinner. When it comes to ordering a cappuccino, there can be a few terms that may throw you off such as, wet cappuccino, dry cappuccino and even bone-dry and super-wet, so what’s the difference between a wet and dry cappuccino? And how are they made?
Wet vs Dry Cappucino
When it comes to coffee, words and terminology matter, whether you’re after a long black or a cappuccino, these descriptive terms can make or break your drinks order, especially when it comes to ordering a cappuccino. There are two key terms you need to know for ordering your cappuccinos, and those are “wet” and “dry”. Let’s delve a little deeper and understand what these mean for our coffee.
Wet Cappuccino flavour profile
Due to the high volume of steamed milk, the mix with the espresso results in a more blended and sweeter flavour profile. The espresso is balanced out by the liquid milk, which softens the bitter notes of dark espresso shot, but may mute the flavours of a lighter, more subtle roast.
When making a wet cappuccino, there is less air introduced to the milk, due to there being less foam, this results in less bubbles and more smoothly textured drink of the milk and espresso combination.
Dry Cappuccino flavour profile
Due to the lower volume of steamed milk, the espresso flavours will be a lot stronger and richer than in the wet cappuccino counterpart. There will also be less of that creamy dairy flavour overall, due to the smaller amount of liquid milk that is added to the drink.
Due to the extra air added to the cappuccino while it is being stretched (making of the foam), the result in your mug can be very foamy. The thick layer of foam keeps the espresso hot for longer.
What is a Bone-dry and super-wet Cappuccino?
While wet and dry are where most people stop with their cappuccino customisations, some prefer to explore the boundaries of the cappuccino. This is where bone-dry and super-wet cappuccinos come into play.
The wet and dry cappuccino terminology depends wholly on the proportion of steamed milk. The more steamed milk the ‘wetter’ the cappuccino, and the reverse for a dry cappuccino. There are numerous ways to enjoy a cup of cappuccino. Every type of milk will have a different result when steamed or frothed, before adding it to the espresso shot, but that’s not to say it won’t still be a delicious cappuccino after all the frothing and pouring.
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