Well, I never ever though I’d be asked “where was the first cappuccino brewed?” The answer is obvious, right?
Everyone knows that the first cappuccino brewed was in Italy…right?
Well, perhaps not!
The Austrians have a very legitimate claim to having brewed the very first cappuccino drink. Keep reading to find out why and what their claim is as we dig down into the history of cappuccino.
What Is A Cappuccino?
- 1 What Is A Cappuccino?
- 2 Where Was The First Cappuccino Brewed?
- 3 How Did The Term Cappuccino Originate?
- 4 The History Of Cappuccino – How Cappuccino Evolved
- 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Cappuccino
- 6 Final Thoughts – Frappe-Ing It All Up, Where Was The First Cappuccino Brewed?
A cappuccino is a very popular coffee drink that you will find in every coffee shop. There is not a coffee shop that exists that does not make a cappuccino coffee – I even had my first cappuccino in a country that no longer exists – Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia (now Croatia).
A cappuccino is made with equal proportions of espresso, steamed milk and micro foam and topped with cocoa powder. Variations include a bone dry cappuccino, which is the previously described wet cappuccino without the steamed milk.
It is not uncommon to see a cappuccino made with whipped cream on top or thick dairy cream instead of milk. Cinnamon is also used in some variations of the classic coffee drink.
To brew it perfectly, dark roasted coffee beans are needed.
Read: Cappuccino Vs Espresso
Where Was The First Cappuccino Brewed?
This is where it gets slightly complicated. The accepted birthplace of the modern cappuccino as we know it is, of course, Italy, where it was first brewed in the early 1900s and gained popularity.
A cappuccino is said to have evolved from the Austrian Kapuziner, a very popular coffee that to describe it clearly is a bone dry cappuccino that is made with whipped cream instead of micro foam. It is a strong shot of espresso served with whipped cream on top.
That, to me, is a perfect description of a Cappuccino and therefore makes Vienna and Austria as the legitimate birthplace of where the first cappuccino was first brewed.
How Did The Term Cappuccino Originate?
The name cappuccino is a variation of Kapuziner which was a popular coffee drink un Viennese coffee houses from the 18th century. An early 1805 description of it is as a “coffee with cream”. A later variation dated in 1850 has spices (unnamed, unknown) to the Kapuziner recipe.
The color of the drink was very similar to the Kapuzin (Capuchin) friars of Vienna and the robes worn by them. “Capuchin” is an Italian word that translates to hood, and was the reason for the name of the Capuchin monks – because of the hooded robes that they wore.
It is easy to see where the name Kapuzin, Capuchin developed into Cappuccino.
The History Of Cappuccino – How Cappuccino Evolved
After the second world war coffee brewing started to undertake a lot of developments and improvements to the existing brewing techniques and drinks. Espresso machines, which had been rare prior to the war became more commonly available in coffee shops and coffee houses all over Italy and the rest of continental Europe and eventually making their way across the Atlantic.
The age of crema came about when steamed milk and the espresso became the drink of choice. The modern cappuccino, a 1:1:1 mix of espresso, steamed milk and milk froth on top gained popularity for the silky smooth texture, caffeine hit and the rather elegant looks and the great taste.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cappuccino
The following are frequently asked questions about and relating to cappuccino. If you have any questions please do ask.
When Did Cappuccino Come To England?
The cappuccino arrived in England in the mid 20th century. With the steam and pump driven espresso machines arriving in the United Kingdom in years after the second world war espresso drinks and cappuccino became popular and common in cafeterias in England.
Why Do They Put Chocolate On A Cappuccino?
The sprinkled chocolate is put on top of a cappuccino partially to make it taste slightly sweeter. You will also notice the texture a little more as you enjoy spooning the foam and sipping the coffee.
What Is A Double Cappuccino?
It is as it sounds, double shot of espresso, double the amount of milk and twice as much foam on top.
Final Thoughts – Frappe-Ing It All Up, Where Was The First Cappuccino Brewed?
The first modern cappuccino as we know it was indeed first brewed in Italy but an earlier version that is an espresso shot with that a good portion of whipped cream on top known as a Kapuzin was brewed in Vienna, Austria before the Italians modified it.