History tells us that this popular beverage got its name from
Italian monks called the Catholic Capuchins, who wore robes and
hoods that resembled the drink's shape and color. Add an "ino" for
the "little hood" - and the drink took its place in history.
Served iced cold or steaming hot and with or without alcohol,
drinking a cappuccino should be like drinking velvet. When prepared
correctly, it is the perfect balance of frothed milky sweetness
backed by a beautiful body of espresso. Sometimes the foam is
decorated with drawings called latte art. Shaved chocolate, raw
sugar, cinnamon, or other spices can be sprinkled on top of the
finished drink. You can also melt chocolate into the coffee before
adding the milk.
In Italy, and throughout continental Europe, cappuccino
was traditionally served early in the day as part of breakfast.
Generally, Europeans did not drink cappuccino after breakfast,
preferring espresso throughout the day and following dinner.
However, in recent years, Europeans have started to drink
cappuccino throughout the day. Especially in The UK, The
Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain and Italy, cappuccino
is popular at cafés in the afternoon and in restaurants after
dinner. In the United States, cappuccino has become popular along
with the recent boom in the specialty coffee industry.
If you lack the time or equipment to make your own cappuccino,
stop by your local Fiesta Mart and pick up some Caffe
D'Vita*. This cappuccino powder is available in 16 oz. cans of Hot
or Iced Cappuccino. Caffe D'Vita is available in Mocha, French
Vanilla, Caramel and Hazelnut. The Mocha and French Vanilla are
also available sugar-free. We also have single-serve .5 oz. packets
of Mocha, Caramel and Hazelnut.
* Product not available in all stores. See store for