How to make a perfect Italian Cappuccino

A cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink which is traditionally prepared with espresso, hot milk and steamed milk foam.

Italians usually drink espresso after lunch or dinner, whereas cappuccino is a breakfast beverage, often served with some type of croissant (cornetto or brioche in Italian usage).



A cappuccino is a coffee drink that is a mixture of espresso and steamed milk.

Cappuccino has become very popular in the US over the last few years where most people thought that this is a relatively new beverage.

Actually it has been around for more than a hundred years and very popular in Europe for decades.

The word “cappuccino” itself is much older and has entirely un-food-related origins.

If fact it means “hood” – “cappuccio” in Italian, and the “-ino” ending makes it what’s called the “diminutive.” meaning “little hood.” in Italian “cappuccino

These Capuchins were renowned for their dress.

They wear a simple brown robe that includes a long, pointed hood that hangs down the back.

It’s because of the hoods worn by a particular order of Franciscan monks that they were given this moniker – Capuchin monks.

The Capuchin friars are members of the larger Franciscan orders of monks, and their order was founded in the 16th century in Italy.



Others think that this name “cappuccino” derives from Marco d’Aviano a cappuccino (little hood) friar who participated in the Battle of Vienna in 1683.


After the defeat of the Ottoman Turks, he recovered sacks of coffee from the scene and apparently invented the drink.

Cappuccino and  Caffè latte are the two most popular Italian coffee drinks and are both prepared using hot milk.



The difference is that cappuccino is prepared with less steamed or textured milk than caffe latte.

In a cappuccino the total espresso and milk/foam makes up roughly 6 oz in a 12 oz drink.


Learn how to make a perfect ITALIAN CAPPUCCINO watching this VIDEO:

How to make a perfect Italian cappuccino


Below we give you a ranking of the best coffee bars for a cappuccino:

1 –  Bastianello – via Borgogna 5, Milano (the best for its creaminess and the elegant cups and service)

2 –  Veranda Il Calandrino – via Liguria 1, Rubano (truly a work of art with a coffee mix)

3 –  Coffee & Chocolate – via Principe di Belmonte 108, Palermo (the Spinnato family has three bars creating a refined and perfect cappuccino)

4 – The Caffè Sant’Eustachio in Rome.



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