The History of Cappuccino

Cappuccino is a delicious beverage that dates far back to the 1600’s and is connected to some very famous moments in history.

Sweet like a dessert, wakes you up like a good espresso. Cappuccino, the widely known Italian based coffee drink prepared with espresso, hot milk, and foam. While most of us love the rich taste of the beverage, few know of its interesting history. The origin of the word cappuccino dates back over 500 years to the Capuchin order of friars, whom in 1525 played a major role in bringing Catholicism back to Reformation Europe. The order’s name derives from long pointed cowl, or “cappuccino”, derivative of “cappuccio” meaning “hood” in Italian. However, it’s unlikely that the name of the drink derives from the color of robes typically worn by Capuchin monks. While some dictionaries have mentioned such a hypothesis, the actual shade of brown is quite different from the cappuccino we all know today. Generally regarded as a myth, some believe the beverage was invented by the actual 17th century Capuchin monk, Marco d’Aviano, some time after the battle of Vienna in 1683. Yet no mention of this occurs in his biographies, or any other historical or contemporary account. Rumors of such first started circulating in the Austrian press during the 1983 celebration of the third centennial of the Turkish siege in Vienna, which soon entered so-called urban legends. Rumors continued to circulate afterwards without any bias, yet no historical credibility can actually be attributed to it.

The first use of “cappuccino” in English was recorded in 1948, yet the beverage was highly popular in Italy in the early 1900s. As manufactures begin to develop espresso machines in restaurants and cafes after World War Two popularity only arose. The Espresso coffee machine used to produce cappuccino was invented by Luigi Bezzera in 1901, and by the mid 1950’s Italian cappuccino had found its place on the globe as a worldly beverage.


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  1. So that’s where the stuff comes from. Interesting

  2. Great to ponder as I am awaking up and drinking the stuff..

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