Making The Perfect Cappuccino

Published: 26th September 2008
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In making your own Cappuccino at home, you can mimic cappuccino with a powdered mix that you purchase at the store. You mix this with hot milk or water and top with a whipped topping. For a full recipe and a film showing you how to make the perfect Cappuccino, visit VideoJug.com. Cappuccino type beverages can even be purchased at convenience stores in a form that resembles the real thing, but is in reality quite a different product. The mixing machine does produce a whipped topping from the dry mix that is fed into it to top the espresso with and you can also inject a flavor concentrate into your drink, such as, mocha or vanilla.



A Cappuccino is a coffee based beverage that was invented in approximately 1900, and the espresso coffee machine for making it was patented in 1901 by its inventor, Luigi Bezzera.



The name of cappuccino comes from Italian. One word meaning a hood, cappuccio, and another word, Cappuccini, which is what Franciscan Minor friars are called for wearing a hood with their habit, are the basis for the word cappuccino. The word cappuccino intends to mean that the beverage has a hood of milk.



Persons called baristas prepare cappuccinos. They may have other expertise about coffee and coffee beverages, such as latte art, espresso and espresso equipment, coffee quality and coffee varieties. Barista is an Italian word and in Italy the word also means bartender. Bartenders in Italy serve both espressos and alcoholic beverages.



When cappuccino was first introduced it was mostly confined to the countries in Europe, South Africa, Australia, South America and cosmopolitan North America. Finally in the mid 1990's cappuccino became a prevalent force partly due to the opening of coffee bars in metropolitan areas.



Cappuccino is served in a porcelain cup to better retain the heat of the liquid than other types of beverage ware can. The hood of foam on top also contains the heat more than coffee beverages that aren't cappuccinos.



To make the cappuccino you use a shot of espresso along with the specially prepared, steamed milk. The milk's texture along with its temperature are the key elements in creating the cappuccino. Also, important is the amount of milk in proportion to the amount of espresso. To prepare your cup of cappuccino, in the cup you are going to serve the cappuccino in, place around five ounces of espresso, proceed to pour the hot foamed milk on top of this to create a 3/4 inch thick layer. A barista preparing the cappuccino may be able to fashion artistic shapes on top of the espresso while he or she pours the foamed milk on it.



A light or wet cappuccino is called, cappuccino chiaro, while a dark or dry cappuccino is called, cappuccino scuro. The light cappuccino has more milk in its ratio of milk to espresso and the dark cappuccino has less milk in its ratio.



People in different parts of the world drink cappuccino at different times of the day. Italians drink their cappuccino early in the day at breakfast, and with a croissant or pastry. Aside from people in Belgium or France, people in many countries around the world consume cappuccino throughout the day and also after dinner.



An iced cappuccino is called cappuccino Freddo, and it is prepared by omitting the foamed milk. A cappuccino Freddo is actually an iced latte. Some Mediterranean countries add foam to iced latte just before serving, bringing it more near to a true cappuccino beverage. In the United States, although, it is served without the foamed milk. It is considered an unsafe practice to put hot milk foam over ice, because it creates an environment that allows the build-up of bacteria.

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