The Real Cappuccino

Cappuccino, named for the brown robes of Capuchin monks, whose color it is thought to resemble, is the glory of the Italian coffee bar.  In Italy, you shouldn’t expect powdered cinnamon or cocoa sprinkled on top, though, for cappuccino is just espresso and steamed or scalded milk topped with satiny foam-with coffee, milk and foam in equal proportions.  Caffe latte is 1 part espresso diluted with 4 parts scalded or steamed milk, with no foam on top.  Caffe macchiato is espresso “marked” with just a tablespoon or two of foam.(Joy of Cooking)

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