I love coffee a lot. Even if I go from outside a coffee shop, the aroma of coffee emerging out pleases me and makes me fresh. However, I felt a sense of inferiority complex while ordering a particular type of cappuccino because I was totally ignorant about the different types, and had no idea how each of them tasted. At last, I read about them and now sharing this knowledge with you, so that if you are like me, you are not confused in the coffee house and can enjoy your favorite variety.
Traditional cappuccino is named, according to some Italians, after the robes of Italy’s Capuchin monks, while according to some others, it is credited to Marco D’Aviano, the Capuchin monk who discovered the drink, after discovering a coffee sack from the Ottomans in 1683 during the war of Vienna.
Every morning, Italians line up in bars before steaming coffee machines to gulp down cappuccino, quite often returning for another one at late night. Tourists take cappuccino after lunch but Italians don’t as they believe that the drink is bad for digestion.
Traditional cappuccino contains hot milk in a small amount mixed with a couple of strong espresso coffee shots and a hood of foamed milk over top, just like the hood of the monks’ robes to retain the heat. You can modify the taste as per your liking, e.g. by adding more of coffee shots, etc.
Now this is more confusing – the wet cappuccino and the dry one! But remember that wet cappuccino has more of hot milk and less of the foam on the top. If you prefer a lighter taste of espresso, and more intensely you are in love with the milky taste, you may order a wet cappuccino.
If you are an intense fan of the coffee flavor, you will prefer a dry cappuccino because it has very little to no milk at all and more of the foam and eventually a very strong flavor of espresso, with the goodness of milk foam to give you an ideal accompaniment of the taste of milk. Mouthwatering and refreshing, right?
Did you fashionably order a latte and later repented for not ordering a dry cappuccino instead? If yes, let me tell you that latte is not cappuccino! It has more of milk and therefore a diluted flavor of coffee. The actual Italian word is caffe latte meaning milk coffee. Another variant of latte is latte macchiato in which espresso is added to milk unlike milk added to espresso as in caffe latte.
There are still more flavors of cappuccino, like iced cappuccino, flavored cappuccino and so on. You can enjoy it any way you like; but hope that now you will be more confident while ordering your favorite.