The Real Scoop About Cappuccino

Nothing comes close to drinking a cappuccino in Italy. Not even close.

The word cappuccino means, “little hood” because (so goes the legend) the color of the milk foam mixed with coffee matches that of the brown hood of Franciscan Minor friars.

Regardless of the origin of the name, cappuccino (made popular in Italy in the last century) is of course world famous. Unfortunately, most places around the world get it all wrong – including a wildly popular coffee chain that shall remain un-named.

Here in Italy, cappuccino is a morning drink (never after noon!) while espresso is ordered throughout the day.

Cappuccino is made with equal parts of espresso coffee, hot milk and schiuma (milk froth), and is virtually always served in a porcelain cup. When the hot milk and froth are poured just right over the espresso, the result is a wonderful swirl of brown and white – and oh that aroma!

Add to that a freshly-baked, creamy-filled something-or-other and you’ve created a little slice of morning heaven – Italian style.


Pamela Haack is the founder of Off the Beaten Strada where she creates and organizes personalized experiences and specialty retreats in Tuscany and Umbria, Italy, for travelers who wish to be immersed in the history, culture and traditions of the regions.

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