One of the best things about coffee is that there are so many varieties to try. Unfortunately, that also means that it can be a bit confusing when new trends take over. Take, for example, the bone dry cappuccino that has become increasingly popular in recent times. What is it that makes this coffee different from a regular cappuccino? Let’s find out.
What Is a Cappuccino?
Cappuccino is a really simple coffee. It’s one of many varieties of coffee that are espresso-based.
If you’re not familiar with espresso, it’s the coffee that tends to be served in a very small cup or takeaway container.
Served on its own, espresso is a strong coffee that is brewed by forcing near-boiling water through tightly packed, finely ground coffee beans under high pressure. This creates a highly concentrated, strong shot of coffee.
However, there are also many other coffees available that contain espresso with different ingredients added in various quantities. Some examples of espresso-based coffees include:
A standard cappuccino is an espresso-based coffee with a 1:1:1 structure.
Broken down into its components, it consists of 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 frothed milk.
As coffee is so versatile, there are a few variations of cappuccino that deviate from the standard 1:1:1 structure.
What Is a Wet Cappuccino?
A wet cappuccino contains a shot of espresso, plenty of steamed milk, and a small layer of foamy frothed milk on the top.
The increased amount of steamed milk in this drink over a standard cappuccino is the reason why it’s considered to be wet.
What Is a Dry Cappuccino?
A dry cappuccino contains a shot of espresso, a small amount of steamed milk, and a thick layer of foamy frothed milk on the top.
The drink is considered to be dry due to the reduced amount of steamed milk compared to a standard cappuccino.
What Is a Bone Dry Cappuccino?
A bone dry cappuccino takes things one step further. It contains a shot of espresso and really thick layer of foamy frothed milk on the top.
The drink is considered to be bone dry because it does not contain any steamed milk at all.
You might be thinking that there’s not much point in making a bone dry cappuccino because it’s pretty much just an espresso. That’s understandable but there are a few things to consider.
Firstly, many people enjoy the texture of foam in their coffee. If you’re that kind of person then the bone dry cappuccino is as foamy as it gets.
Secondly, the foam acts as an insulation layer which helps to keep your coffee hot.
Finally, it’s fun to experiment with coffee and the foam creates a delicious flavour when paired with espresso.
Whatever coffee you choose, enjoy. You’ve earned it!