It’s National Cappuccino Day

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If the extra hour you gained of sleep this weekend didn’t suffice, grab your favorite cappuccino in honor of this national holiday.  Undecided on what to order?  Here are a few coffee terms explained.

Cappuccino:  This drink is made with equal parts espresso and warm milk that has been frothed until foamy.  The milk is then poured into the espresso.

Latte:  This drink is two parts milk to one part espresso.  The milk is steamed and then poured into the drink; many baristas create “latte art” with the remaining foam.

Espresso:  A small amount of pressure-brewed coffee.  Espresso is known to have a slightly thicker quality than regular coffee and to have a “crema” or light foam at the top.  Italians prefer darker roasted espresso, though the type of roasts vary throughout the world.

Caffe Macchiato:  Espresso that has a tiny amount of milk.

Caffe Mocha:  A drink made with espresso, milk, and a form of chocolate (often cocoa powder, chocolate sauce, or pieces of bittersweet chocolate).

Cafe Au Lait:  Cafe au lait is considered to be coffee with warm milk.  In Europe, people often drink cafe au lait at home in a large mug or in a bowl.

No matter how you like your coffee, try some of these fun recipes in honor of national cappuccino day!

Sandra Lee’s Mocha-Mint Cappuccino

Cappuccino Truffles

Stephanie O’Dea’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

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