How To Properly Drink Cappuccino: What You Never Knew

Did you know that you’ve been drinking your cappuccino all wrong? Cappuccino is a drink that hailed from Italy and is now one of the most popular coffee drinks around the world. Our love for that thick foam and the smooth coffee that swirls in our mouth is undeniable but we’re actually drinking it the wrong way! Find out what mistakes you’ve been making and how you should be drinking cappuccino from now on.

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How To Properly Drink Cappuccino: What You Never Knew

Coffee has probably been a long time kickstarter in our mornings. With its various types and unique preparation processes, it leads to the emergence of famous coffee shops around the world. Also, for every variety, coffee made its name and popularity.


Possibly considered as the most popular type of coffee in theworld, Cappuccino is typically consumed by Italians in the morning. It is considered as a drink to enjoy with breakfast. And it is often partnered with a sweet pastry. It is made from a mixture of espresso and steamed milk. In Italy, it is generally served as a single, or sometimes, double espresso shot with equal parts steamed and frothed milk on the top. It has a strong coffee taste with a mixture of sweetness from the lactose sugar in milk. Cappuccino has much more milk than espresso; that is why it is often served to children in Italy.

Cappuccino became popular in the United States, only over the last 25 years, or so. However, some people and experts claimed that it had an identity crisis since it spread and served worldwide. Cappuccino in America has a noticeable difference in the Italian one. Usually, well-made Cappuccino from Italy has an incredible taste and texture; as it has 50% milk, 50% milk foam, and 25mL of espresso. While on the other hand, American Cappuccinos definitely contain much more coffee, resulting in its excessively bitter or strong taste.

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Facts and Tips on How to Properly Drink an Italian Cappuccino

Cappuccino in Italy is not only drunk by locals whenever they want. They traditionally obey a primary rule for proper drinking of it. Some Americans buy Cappuccinos and different mixes of it in famous coffee shops such as Starbucks and drink it less in the morning and more in the late afternoon. When in fact, it should be served in the morning, which is typically done by Italians. And as much as possible, not after a meal or even in the evening. To them, it is LAW to drink it before 11 am. This is due to the fact that it may upset your stomach — especially those made with darker roasts which have more acidity.

That is one of the things people should consider when planning to take a sip of classic Cappuccino. Here are the other things to know about the said famous Italian coffee:

  • Similar to other fast-food chains and coffee shops, you should pay for your Cappuccino first in the counter and wait for it to be done and served to you.
  • Requests from customers are also considered. Speak up specifically for your desired milk serving or cup, and such, before the bartender makes your order.
  • In Italy, if you don’t want to pay a higher amount for your order, you can drink Cappuccino (or other types of coffee) while standing. Unless you necessarily need a sit.
  • Cappuccinos get its sweetness naturally from the milk, so it is usually no sugar added in it. But if you desired to do so, you need to do it yourself. Sugar comes in packets, or it needs to be scooped out.
  • To maintain cleanliness and convenience, Italians often have a glass of water with them. Take a few sips of it before and after drinking the coffee to help you get rid of the milk or coffee taste left in your mouth.
  • If you encounter paying a Cappuccino drink more than €2, you’re being cheated. Coffee in Italy is refreshingly cheap.

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How to Make a Cappuccino

Italian baristas are known to be very skilled and detailed in making Cappuccino mixes. They tend to nail the appropriate amount of ingredients, as well as their services for customers.

So, if you are wondering and wished to see how they are made, here are the things to remember for making a well-tasting Cappuccino:


For better results, you will need the right amount of ingredients. The ideal ratio is usually ⅕ espresso coffee (25mL), ⅖ creamy frothed milk (100-140mL), and ⅖ milk foam (125mL).

Moka Pot or Espresso Machine

You will need roughly two shots for your Cappuccino. Follow the instructions for your specific machine to make a shot or two.

Steaming the Milk

Steam wands often already attached to some espresso machines, making it easier to create foam. Otherwise, spend half or a minute heating up the milk in the microwave.

Wet Cappuccino

If you desired to have more steamed milk to your drink than any other ingredient, ask for a wet cappuccino.

Dry Cappuccino

This is difficult and somehow, tricky to do. But when making this, a small amount of milk is poured and let the rest be foam.

Cappuccino, whether served plain alone or with mixes, still satisfy some energy-seekers. However, people have different tastes and desires when it comes to morning beverages. Coffee is one, and indeed a great drink to freshen you from an exhausting day and relax, sipping one good cup.