November 8th is National Cappuccino Day

November 8th is National Cappuccino Day

Paul November 8, 2019

Cappuccino Fun Facts

 

Capuccino was invented in Italy. It was first patented by a man named Luigi Bezzera in 1901. It is a derived from the Italian word “cappuccio,” which means “hood.”

  • November 8th is National Cappuccino Day.
  • During World War II cappuccino machines were improved and many restaurants began serving the beverage.
  • In Italy, cappuccino is traditionally consumed once a day with breakfast.
  • The top layer of the foam is where you usually encounter the strong flavors giving a special taste to cappuccino. Ginger, cinnamon and cocoa in powder form, are the most popular choices.
  • The steamed foam served with cappuccino serves as an insulator and allows the liquid to retain its heat for a longer period of time.
  • Cappuccino is rumored to have been named after Marco d’Aviano: a friar who led the resistance to the Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683.
  • The first use of cappuccino in English is recorded in 1948 in a work about San Francisco.
  • In Italy, the average barista is 48 years old.
  • Kopi Luwak is considered to be the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world. It is grown in Indonesia, and is about 50 dollars a cup, or 400 dollars a pound.

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Recipe

How To Make Cappuccino Without A Machine

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Without a doubt, the best cappuccino I’ve ever enjoyed was at a lovely, local Italian restaurant called Villa Verone. The drink was creamy and smooth with a strong taste of coffee, but not bitter. Perfection in a cup! The next day left me craving more so I concocted my own frothy mixture. A few years ago I got rid of my espresso/cappuccino machine because it required too much space and wasn’t used often enough … so I quickly figured how to make cappuccino without a machine.

Granted, this simple homemade version of cappuccino isn’t as decadent as one made with fancy gadgetry, but it hits the spot when you need a shot of caffeine and don’t feel like putting on your makeup to take a trip to Starbucks.

  1. Start your cappuccino with Arabica beans, which are less bitter than Robust beans.
  2. It’s best to use whole beans and grind them fresh just before using. Coffee grinders don’t cost a lot of money and it only takes a few seconds to grind the beans … well worth the freshness!
  3. Since cappuccino is made with espresso, I ground more coffee than I typically use for a regular cup of coffee. About 2 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee per cup of water, and brew with your coffee maker.
  4. While your coffee is brewing, heat your milk over a low flame to about 160 degrees. If you don’t want to use a thermometer, simply remove the milk from heat before it boils. Non-fat milk provides the most froth, but 2% milk provides a bit richer flavor. I used 2% milk.
  5. Using an immersion blender, whip the milk for a minute or two until it’s nice and frothy. If you don’t have an immersion blender, place your heated milk in a lidded jar and shake vigorously until you have quite a bit of foam. Make sure you use a large enough jar that leaves room for creating the foam.
  6. Fill your coffee mugs a little less than halfway with the freshly brewed coffee.
  7. Slowly pour the heated, frothed milk into the coffee. A cappuccino should be equal parts coffee and foam, with about half the amount of milk. If necessary, use a spoon to make sure the foam empties into the cup.
  8. Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg onto the frothed milk. And that’s how to make cappuccino without a machine.

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