Made with one shot espresso, steamed milk and a great big dollop of foamy froth the cappuccino has become a fast favourite for coffee drinkers who want a serving of elegance with their beverage.
Its key feature to this drink is composition, the rich espresso base flavour, accentuated with the sweet milk make up one half whilst the rest is topped off with the signature froth.
A skilled barista can produce artistic shapes depending on how they pour and swirl the coffee up, known as ‘coffee art’ and there are championships to test the barista’s style, consistency and artistic flare.
The cappuccino is an artistic, indulgent drink, it takes time and an element of skill to achieve a quality drink and is commonly topped off with chocolate sprinkles.
The word cappuccino originated from the Italian word literally meaning ‘little cap’ which describes the luscious head of foamed milk perfectly.
However there are some theorists that insist on the fact that the name ‘cappuccino’ is religiously inspired.
The monks of Capuchin, an offshoot of the Franciscan Catholic order, circa 1520, bear a fantastic human resemblance to the small frothy coffee.
When they struck out on their own they adopted coffee coloured robes or a ‘cappuccio’ that coupled with the iconic shaved head it’s easy to see where the assumption came from.
Monkey business; yes the Capuchin Monkey got it’s name from it’s resemblance of the Capuchin monks.
So, I’m afraid it the age old question of who came first, the monk, the monkey or the coffee?