Cappuccino: What’s in a Name?

by That's Coffee on May 30, 2011

Do you ever wonder where the word “cappuccino” comes from?

The Capuchin order of Friars, in the 16th century, played a major role in bringing Catholicism back to Reformation Europe.

These monks wore long pointed hoods, or cappuccino, as part of the order’s habit. The word cappuccino was then used to describe espresso coffee topped with steamed milk because there was a striking resemblance.

The rich dark coffee resembled the dark robes and the foamy milk looked like the light cap worn on the monk’s head.

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