Origin Story of the Cappuccino


Coffee consumption began in Turkey under the Ottoman empire and it spread to the western world through Europe. But back then coffee was enjoyed in the traditional Ottoman style by bringing water and coffee to boil together. The British though eventually began to steep and filter coffee by the end of 18th century, a practice that soon caught on in rest of Europe. It was around the start of 19th century that devices to brew coffee began making appearances in cafes and homes.

Coffee has been used with modern inventions in recent times; most notably with juicers to put together BulletProof Coffee (source: https://www.kitchenreviewsdirect.com/juicer-reviews/).

Milk as an additive to coffee was already experimented and well known by the end of the 18th century, some in fact prescribed it as a cure for various ailments! Coming to Cappuccino, this specific beverage actually began its life as,” Kapuziner” in various Viennese coffee houses through the 18th century. It was then in 1805 that the Worterbuch dictionary introduced the word as a combination of cream, sugar and coffee. The exact composition of preparation though is not mentioned in this initial meaning.

Then in a few writings towards the middle of the 19th century, the composition of cappuccino is once again mentioned and this time spices make a feature. Another term called, ‘Melange’ makes an appearance around this time and it is basically the Café Latte of today.

Historians say that the name, “Kapuziner” signifies the coffee color. The capuchin monks of Vienna wore vests of a similar color and it is from here that the word for this coffee mix rose. Likewise, the name Franziskaner was used for a similar variation to the Cappuccino back then and the name derived itself from the brownish light tinge of monks from the Franciscan order.

The way we write and pronounce Cappuccino though was not mentioned until the 1930s and the name once again originated from Italy. However, unlike Kapuziner, this variation had a little chocolate or cinnamon sprinkled on top with a healthy topping of whipped cream. Steamed milk happened to be a later addition.

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