A cappuccino is a popular espresso-based coffee drink that originated in Italy. It is traditionally made with equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. Here’s how it’s typically prepared:
- Espresso: A shot of espresso forms the base of a cappuccino. Espresso is a concentrated coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water through finely-ground coffee beans.
- Steamed Milk: Steamed milk, usually about equal in volume to the espresso, is poured over the espresso. Steamed milk is created by heating and frothing milk with a steam wand on an espresso machine.
- Milk Foam: The cappuccino is then topped with a thick layer of milk foam. This foam is made by frothing the milk, incorporating air to create a creamy, velvety texture.
The traditional cappuccino has a strong, bold flavor from the espresso, balanced by the creamy texture of the steamed milk and foam. It’s usually served in a small cup, typically 5 to 6 ounces (150 to 180 milliliters), and often garnished with a sprinkle of cocoa powder, cinnamon, or grated chocolate on top of the foam.In many places around the world, cappuccinos are enjoyed as a breakfast or morning coffee due to their strong flavor and the boost of caffeine they provide. It’s worth noting that in Italy, it’s a common belief that cappuccinos should only be consumed in the morning, not in the afternoon or evening. This cultural norm, however, is not widely observed in other countries.
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