The cappuccino is easily one of the most recognisable popular types of coffee drinks - a perfectly balanced beverage that’s a true test of any barista’s skills. Known for the even distribution of coffee and milk and served in a large cup with a dusting of chocolate on top, a cappuccino is one of the most popular coffee types across the globe. Let's take a dive into the rich history of this famous coffee.
What is a Cappuccino?
One of the favourite and most popular coffees around the world, a cappuccino is the perfect balance of espresso, steamed milk and foam. Originating in Italy, the cappuccino is all about the structure and the even splitting of all elements into equal thirds. This is the main differentiator between a cappuccino and a coffee. An expertly made cappuccino should be rich, but not acidic and have a mildly sweet flavouring from the milk. And because the milk is not actually mixed in, it gives the espresso a stronger flavour.
Ingredients to make a cappuccino at home
- 2 heaped teaspoons NESCAFÉ Gold Instant Coffee
- Water heated to 80 degrees Celsius
- Milk of your choice
- Sugar to taste (optional)
How to make a Cappuccino at home
Origin of the Cappuccino
Legend has it that the humble cappuccino was created in Italy as far back as the 17th century – that’s almost 400 years ago! Named after the order of monks whose robes were a similar colour, the Capuchin monks were known for their Capuchin – the hoods they wore to cover their heads. The Cappuccino is a combination of strong black coffee topped with a thick layer of steamed, frothed milk, almost like the coffee is wearing a hood of milk; a Capuchin. Perfect for an Italian-style breakfast of coffee and pastries and a great template for foam art, it’s a well-loved drink with a long history, having arrived in America in 1980 and becoming a firm favourite among coffee drinkers everywhere.
Macchiato vs. cappuccino – what’s the difference?
If you’re wondering which of our recipes to try at home next, you may be thinking macchiato vs. cappuccino - what’s the difference, and what should I go for? Well, firstly you should understand the differences between the two. The macchiato starts off with a base of steamed milk, two shots of espresso and then a thin layer of milk foam on top – providing a much higher ratio of coffee to milk. A cappuccino, on the other hand, starts with a shot of espresso, then steamed milk and finishes with milk foam on top, all in a perfectly balanced ratio. It's customary in many places to serve a cappuccino with a light dusting of chocolate powder.
Now you know everything there is to know about the cappuccino, and all the information you need for your next macchiato vs. cappuccino debate. Looking for a slightly stronger option? Follow our guide and discover all you need to know about the Americano.