Cappuccino is one of the most popular espresso-based drink in the U.S. Espresso notes, no acidity and lovely airy foam on top are the main characteristics of this drink. Perfect!
Cappuccino is an espresso based drink made with espresso and milk. The proper cappuccino formula is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 microfoam.
Cappuccino is usually made with one double espresso shot.
While a latte has just a thin layer of foam on top or almost any foam at all, cappuccino is famous for its rich thick foam layer.
It may seem that foam has only one purpose – to look good, but there’s more. Depending on how the milk is steamed, it will affect the taste and sensory experience. While latte is softer and creamier, cappuccino should provide more flavor layers and should not be too creamy.
Good microfoam has a rich structure, some sweetness and it’s dry and airy. The 1/3 of a cappuccino is a microfoam and that’s why it is so important.
what is a good cappuccino
A good cappuccino should give recognizable espresso taste, low acidity, rich structure and rich sweet foam.
If you can’t find any espresso notes in your cup, the ratio is not good. Often, cappuccino is served with too much milk.
If your coffee tastes burnt, this can happen for two reasons: either the milk was steamed at the high temperature and for too long, or the espresso shot took forever.
In most coffee shops today you can order flavored cappuccinos like vanilla, chocolate or caramel cappuccino. They are nice and sweet but if you don’t have an espresso machine at home, I suggest to order a classic cappuccino and really enjoy your morning cup. You can get an instant flavored cappuccino mix to make at home.
Sit, sip and enjoy the coffee ritual!
Here’s how to make a cappuccino at home