National Cappuccino Day
National Cappuccino Day is a holiday that falls on November 8th and is used to celebrate one of the most loved coffee drinks in the entire world. Cappuccino is a drink that’s made with hot milk, espresso, and steamed milk foam. It’s an Italian coffee drink that’s not only popular in Europe but has also quite a following in North America. So, if you’re looking for a reason to enjoy this highly caffeinated holiday, then allow us to be the first ones to tell you that you don’t need an excuse to observe this holiday.
The History Of Cappuccino
We tried as hard as we could but we couldn’t find out who started National Cappuccino Day or when it was started, so we’ve decided to instead use this space to talk about the history of this coffee drink. And to trace the history of cappuccino you don’t head to Italy, but instead, head to the coffee houses of Vienna.
In Vienna, Kapuziner drinks began to pop up in the coffee houses during the 18th century. These drinks were made with coffee, cream, and sugar, and later on, were made with a variety of different spices. The name of these drinks comes from their brown color. The color of these coffee drinks matches the color of the robes worn by the Capuchin (Kapuzin) friars in Vienna. In Italy, the name Capuchin means “hood” or “cowl” in Italian, and it was an allusion to the hooded robes the friars wore.
With that being said, the cappuccino wasn’t invented in Vienna but was instead invented in Italy. The drink was invented during the early 20th century after the espresso machine was invented in 1901. The name of this drink was taken from the Viennese drinks and turned into Cappuccino. The first written record of the cappuccino was found during the 1930s, but it likely came into popularity during the 1920s.
Caffeinated Facts About Cappuccino Day
Below are some fascinating facts we’ve discovered about cappuccino that we think everyone celebrating this holiday is going to want to know.
- In Italy, cappuccino is usually enjoyed with breakfast.
- After WWII, the quality of cappuccino machines improved greatly and this resulted in a cappuccino boom.
- U.S soldiers brought their love of cappuccino back to the U.S from Italy after WWII.
- Steamed foam on top of a cappuccino acts as insulation and helps the coffee retain its heat.
- Some baristas incorporate different flavors into the cappuccino’s foam. Flavors that may include ginger, cocoa, or cinnamon.
- Some people think the perfect breakfast food to go with a cappuccino is a croissant.
Observing National Cappuccino Day
National Cappuccino Day can be celebrated by making yourself a nice cup of cappuccino or by visiting your local coffee shop and ordering one from them. While you’re doing so make sure that you use the hashtag #NationalCappuccinoDay to spread the word about this holiday.