Breakfast buffet: National cappuccino day
November 8th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Cheers to your first shot of the day - November 8 is National Cappuccino Day.

Wake up your day with one of our favorite adopted Italian caffeinated beverages, the cappuccino!

A traditional cappuccino is espresso, hot milk and steamed-milk foam, all sitting pretty in a little cup - hence the name, which originates from capuchin, meaning "small cap."

Espresso fills the bottom third of the cup, followed by a third of hot milk and then topped with foam that can then be decorated with turbinado sugar, cinnamon or chocolate if your barista is particularly artistic.

The first patent for an espresso machine was filed in 1901. Being able to make cappuccino with this specific machine led to a huge rise in the drink's popularity. The drink was all the rage in Italy during the early 1900s. By 1950, the modern cappuccino was born, and spreading on to the U.S.

So how does your barista whip up that magical foam? It's called "microfoam," and it's created by incorporating tiny bubbles of air into the milk, which gives the steamed milk a thick, smooth texture. But this is difficult to achieve, and a good cappuccino  is indeed a prized thing.

Feeling brave enough to try your own? Stir up a chocolate cappuccino for your sweetie (or yourself), or if you really want to sink your teeth into this, make cappuccino-frosted brownies.

At the very least, you can perfect your foam mustache. It is "Movember," after all.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. John

    Cappuccino is amazing! I didn't know they had a whole day to it! I just wish I knew where I could find someone locally to draw in the foam with mine like this :

    November 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  2. Chris

    I thought this beverage got its name because the drink's color resembles the color of the Capucin monks' robes...

    November 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  3. Mo Ungar

    I make the best cappuccino each day first using a moka pot to brew espresso, then heating the milk in a microwave, pour into a frother ( or use a French press–it's basically the same) plunge the press handle at least 30 times, then pour it over the espresso in the cup now, gently, using a spoon held up to catch the pour so the foam will not break . Dust with cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and it is better than any made in a shop.

    November 9, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  4. greg

    This is "Eatocracy", not "Drinktocracy".

    November 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  5. The Coffee Woman

    I'm drinking a cappuccino as we speak. Made it myself. Please, real espresso and no sugar. And steam the milk correctly!

    November 8, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  6. timmy


    November 8, 2011 at 10:51 am |
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