Enjoy a cup on November 8 as we celebrate National Cappuccino Day! Double espresso, steamed milk and foam. Let’s be honest. Is there ever a bad time for cappuccino? Start the day with a steaming mug of frothy cappuccino, or wind down after dinner with a hot, relaxing cup alongside a rich dessert. Served hot, iced, in a mug, or on the go — there is no wrong way to indulge.
National Cappuccino Day - History
Coffee shops became the trend
As the coffee shop trend caught on, so did the love and consumption of cappuccinos.
Cappuccinos took on a new form
The first small cups appeared alongside espresso machines that also steam milk.
As we call it today, this drink was first documented in Italy as a coffee topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon or chocolate.
Espresso machines patented
Luigi Bezzera of Milan patented the first espresso machine, though different than today’s espresso machines.
The early cappuccino was born
Two of the earliest versions of cappuccino were recorded during the Battle of Vienna.
National Cappuccino Day Activities
1. Drink up
Phone a friend and invite them to coffee. Catch up on life as you sip your daily dose of caffeine from a warm mug. What could be better? A second cappuccino.
2. Buy an espresso maker
Don’t let the fancy name fool you. Cappuccinos are simple to make with the right equipment. Buy an espresso maker and start enjoying your favorite caffeinated beverage at home, any time you want one.
3. Share it on social media
If you don’t share it, did it really happen? With so many baristas creating custom masterpieces in the foam, cappuccino is like art. Post your foamy artwork with the hashtag #NationalCappuccinoDay for the world to admire.
4 Delicious Alternatives For The Cappuccino Enthusiast
1. Try a Latte
Lattes have the same amount of espresso as a cappuccino, but more milk, requiring them to be served in a larger cup. Add a flavored syrup to change it up!
2. Sip a Flat White
Flat whites are prepared with a milder, double shot of espresso and milk with very little foam.
3. Sample a Macchiato
Macchiatos are a great fit for the espresso lover, as they match cappuccinos in their espresso measurement, but contain less milk.
4. Venture out with a Cortado
For a slightly richer flavor, enjoy this Spanish hybrid with its equal parts of espresso and condensed milk, sans foam.
Why We Love National Cappuccino Day
A. We sip all the cappuccino our hearts desire
Sip away! To honor this beloved espresso beverage, let’s indulge in an extra foamy cappuccino. Every coffee shop and a number of restaurants make them. Order up a cappuccino alongside your breakfast or with dessert to cap off the day.
B. We celebrate the rich history behind this beverage
The concept of cappuccinos dates back to the 1700s, stretching across Europe under a number of different names. The modern day version was dubbed "Cappuccino" after the color of the monks’ robes of the Capuchin order. Hundreds of years of history brewed into one steamy mug.
C. We bring people together
Sharing coffee has a way of bringing people together. Whether it’s shared across a conference table, or from a cozy coffee shop nook with good friends, a warm cup of cappuccino (or coffee) has a way of drawing a crowd. Buying someone a cappuccino is a love language all its own!