In the coffee-centric society that two-thirds of us live in, you will find a whole host of terms that the average person may find unfamiliar. Although there are endless jokes about coffee orders sounding more like grocery lists, there is something to be said for knowing the lingo if you want to get the best java experience possible.
Why, you ask? Coffee linguistics can make or break your cup of joe. Being able to order the coffee you really desire will not only save you from a snarky barista, but it also might open your palette to a whole new world of brews.
If you are a cappuccino drinker, this is a good article to start out with. We will share exactly what a dry cappuccino is, how to order it, and even how to make it at home. Plus, if this dry drink is not for you, we will give you the lingo for the exact opposite, as well.
Let’s get started!
What’s a Regular Cappuccino?
Before we get into a dry cappuccino, we want to touch on the basics of a standard cappuccino. It is an Italian beverage, that interestingly enough, is named after a monkey. This tasty cup is named after the capuchin monkey as their fur is the same color as the drink itself.
In essence, a cappuccino is a hot beverage made from espresso and milk in two forms. First, you have a double shot of espresso as a base. It is then followed by steamed milk topped off with foamed milk. In a standard cap, all three parts are equal, so you should have ⅓-espresso, ⅓-steamed milk, and ⅓-foamed milk.
Although those are the elements for a basic cappuccino, there are many other ingredients that can also be added. For example, many people like to sweeten their cup with sugar, honey, caramel, or alternative sugars like Sweet-N-Low. You can also choose the type of milk. There’s the basic 1 or 2% milk, or you can go with alternatives such as almond milk, vanilla soy, or even eggnog when it’s in season.
If that was not enough, you can also add flavor shots, latte art, whipped cream, sprinkles, dustings, and many other extras to your cappuccino order. It all depends on your taste, but you could make a solid hobby out of trying the different varieties available.
What’s a Dry Cappuccino?
A dry cappuccino has the basic layers of the standard cup, but with different proportions. Instead of having equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk, a dry cappuccino has very little steamed milk and a lot more foam. This is why it’s called dry as the foam is the least dense (liquid) portion of the drink.
There are several reasons why people enjoy a dry cup, as well. For one, foam is an excellent insulator and keeps the espresso hotter longer. What’s more, those who prefer a bolder more intense flavor like a dry cappuccino as the lack of steamed milk reduces the sweetness.
Many coffee enthusiasts also believe that the thick layer of foam is better for latte art, while others simply like the espresso base with the lightness of the foam. Regardless, a dry cappuccino has become a popular drink for many coffee drinkers.
Bone-Dry & Wet Cappuccinos:
The Bone-Dry Cappuccino
There is also what is called a “bone dry” cappuccino. This is when there is no steamed milk, what-so-ever. Typically, when you ask for a dry cap, you will get a small amount of steamed milk as a barrier between the other two ingredients. When you ask for a “bone-dry” option, there will be no steamed milk to separate the coffee from the foam.
Keep in mind, every coffee house is different. You may find that some consider a dry and bone-dry cappuccino the same thing and hold the steamed milk regardless of which form you ask for. If you like a small amount of steamed milk to act as a divider, be sure to specify it in your order.
The Wet Alternative
If your favorite part of a cappuccino is the steamed milk, a dry order is probably not for you. So, what is the alternative? You guessed it, the wet cappuccino. This is the exact opposite of the dry cap. Instead of being mostly espresso and foam, you now have mostly espresso and steamed milk with little foam.
Again, people like a wet cap for many reasons. For example, it cools down the espresso, plus it tones down the intensity of the coffee. It is also sweeter. If you prefer no foam at all, there is also the “super wet” cappuccino, however, that is technically a latte. A latte is made with a double espresso and steamed milk. It has no added foam, at all. So, next time you want to get a bit fancy with your latte order, go for the super wet cappuccino instead.
How to Order a Cappuccino
Being nervous about ordering a new coffee at a coffee house is not uncommon. If you are interested in trying out a dry or bone-dry cappuccino next time you visit your favorite shop, here are some tips to remember before you get to the front of the line.
How to Make a Dry Cappuccino at Home:
If you’re a coffee drinker that prefers to make yours at home, here is a step by step guide for making a dry cappuccino.
A dry cappuccino is a great beverage choice to add to your arsenal of coffee orders if you enjoy a strong, yet bold flavor. We hope you enjoyed this guide, and it has opened your palette to a new brew that just might be your new favorite.
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