The formule is quite famous : coffee and steamed milk foam. In some cases, it gets an extra touch of cinnamon or chocolate to finish.
But what is not so well known is the origin of cappuccino, a classic for coffee lovers. Its creation is full of legends and myths that blend with reality, just like any good story should be.
Contrary to popular belief, a barista or another coffee professional did not create a cappuccino. In fact, its creation refers to a monk! Legend says that in the 16th or 17th century, the Italian monk Marco D’Aviano was one of many who resisting the Islamic invasion of Europe.
And in one of these battles, the Italian army prevented the invaders from entering the country, who, in their quick ran away, left behind several bags of coffee. The beans were not the favorite of the Italians because of its excessive bitterness, so they mixed it with milk and honey. Thus, they would get the delicacy left by their enemies.
So, quite unintentionally, the cappuccino creation occurred. Here, it is worth remembering that the name itself is a great tribute to D’Aviano: cappucio means hood and on, its diminutive – which results in something like “small hood”. An allusion to the hood and even the color of the robes of the order of Franciscan monks, to which Marco belonged.
Another hypothesis about the creation of Cappuccino
According to many, this scene took place in the café of an ex soldier, Franciszek Jerzy Kulczycki, who, on returning from the front, had brought back with him the sacks of coffee abandoned by the Turkish troops on the battlefield and had opened the first bar in the Hapsburg capital which served this drink.
On the other hand, another legend tells that it was the very same Kulczycki to give the name Kapuziner to the coffee he served, to which he had added milk, honey and spices to make the flavor sweeter.
And finally, there are those who claim that the cappuccino we know today was due to the reworking in Trieste of a Viennese drink from the 18th century.
The modern cappuccino is totally unlike the original one, which was actually more like a caffe latte. In fact the typical foam appears at the beginning of the 20th century, with the invention of espresso bars machines.
In the 1930s, there was the first evidence regarding the consumption of cappuccino in Italy. There they usually serve with cinnamon and chocolate flakes. This drink became increasingly popular, in many bars and restaurants.
At the end of the Second World War, begins the golden age of the cappuccino. When the drink became what we know today, was the same balance between the espresso coffee and the foamed milk. Since then, it has been a success all over the world. It conquer palates everywhere thanks also to delicious variations.
Nowadays the Cappuccino is made as an Art !
From the passion for cappuccino and the espresso macchiato real art has been created. This art consists of decorating the surfaces of these two drinks. In Italy in the 1970s started this invention “Latte art”. And today is a refined technique, for which there are also training courses. As a result, the industry professionals, challenge each other with latte art designs in national and international competitions.
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