What's In A Cappuccino?

An espresso-milk-froth mixture is called a cappuccino. Cappuccino cups are typically smaller than those for lattes (between 150 and 180 mL). Cappuccino foam can be either dry or velvety in texture.

When making a cappuccino, whole milk produces the most velvety, rich flavor. Low-fat milk can be substituted, but the texture will be less smooth as a result. The foam made from skim milk is light and meringue-like in texture, and it dissolves quickly.

The consumption of a cup of cappuccino up to 180 ml per day has been shown to significantly reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol and the risk of developing heart disease. 

Cappuccino is an Italian word that literally translates as "little cup." It's a coffee beverage that is traditionally made by combining equal parts double espresso, steamed milk, and steamed milk foam on top of a hot espresso base. Instead of milk, cream can be substituted. Generally speaking, it is smaller in volume than a latte and has a thicker layer of microfoam on top. 

Microfoam is frothed/steamed milk in which the bubbles are so small and numerous that they are not visible, but which makes the milk lighter and thicker as a result of their presence. A properly poured espresso will leave some microfoam on the surface of the mug while also mixing well with the remaining liquid.

Ingredients for the Espresso beverage:

  • 2 tablespoons ground dark roast coffee, finely ground
  • For the Foamed Milk, 4 ounces of water is required.
  • 4 ounces of whole milk

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