Ordering a Cappuccino is the way many people go when they’re starting out their coffee journey, or if they’ve been on it for a while. It’s a safe go-to, that will always do what you need it to. The original Cappuccino was the ‘Kapuziner’, which originated in Vienna. The Kapuziner was made with coffee, cream, sugar, and spices. Italians took this and put their own spin on it and created the Cappuccino, which is made with coffee, milk, milk froth, sugar, and cinnamon.
The name Cappuccino came from the Capuchin Friars. The color of the espresso mixed with frothed milk was similar to the color of the Capuchin robe. The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin is a religious order of Franciscan friars within the Catholic Church. Their order was founded in the 16th century in Italy. They were known for their missionary work and their extreme dedication to their beliefs. Due to their popularity, when the Cappuccino was being made, the Capuchin friar’s robes were one of the first things that came to mind when it came to recognize what the drink looked like. They wear a simple brown robe that includes a long, pointed hood that hangs down the back. The Italian word for this distinctive hood, Cappuccino, gave rise to the Italian name for the order. That mixed with the brown color of the robe and the coffee, is how Cappuccino came about
To make a Cappuccino all you need is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 foam. You mix it up by using 2 or 3 tablespoons of flavored syrups or even different kinds of milk, like chocolate or vanilla, and add cinnamon on top. In some parts of the world, Cappuccinos are still made more like original Kapuziners, where they use whipped cream instead of frothed milk, and add other additives. Cinnamon is popular in many places in Europe and the US, but in the Middle East using Cardamom and clove is popular.
Since the Cappuccino has spread out of Italy and has reached so many corners of the world, finding a good Cappuccino is as simple as going down the street to a local coffee shop. A Cappuccino is great in the morning to start the day, but also something great to have while you’re out and about. It’s a classic both because of its popularity and how enjoyable it is to all types of coffee drinkers.