With the dip in the outdoor temperatures, one is sure to enjoy a cappuccino on National Cappuccino Day which is celebrated on November 8th. Cappuccinos are one of the most difficult espresso-based beverages to make properly. However, a skilled barista may create artistic shapes while pouring milk on top of the espresso coffee. Cappuccinos are traditionally prepared with espresso, hot milk and steamed milk foam. It is an Italian drink that has become extremely popular at coffee shops in the United States. Modified short-cut versions of the cappuccino are also served at fast-food chains.
The word cappuccino comes from the Capuchin friars, who are part of the Catholic Church. The word “cappuccino” in Italian means something that covers the head. However, this popular coffee beverage got its name from the color of the hooded robes the Capuchin friars wore.
Cappuccinos come in different flavors. Some popular flavors include French vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel, pumpkin spice, peppermint, hazelnut, cinnamon and Irish Cream.
The best way to observe Cappuccino Day is to visit your favorite coffee shop or come to the Bellevue University Library and enjoy a nice, hot delicious cup of cappuccino and curl up with a good book from the Bellevue University Library’s collection. Here are some books and resources that you may find interesting.
Cappuccino & Comfort (Films on Demand, 25:27)
Daily Café Operations (Films on Demand, 26:49)
Universal foam: From cappuccino to the cosmos. By S. Perkowitz. Call number: QD549.P38 2000
Wrestling with Starbucks: Conscience, capital, cappuccino. By K. Fellner. Call number: HD9199.U54 S734 2008.