What is a bone dry cappuccino?

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What is a bone dry cappuccino? You might ask how can something be “bone dry”? Especially a coffee consisting of espresso and milk.

This guide will help you understand what a bone dry cappuccino is, and how to make one of these less common coffee drinks.

Back to basics: the cappuccino

Let’s quickly recap on what a classic cappuccino is.

A cappuccino is an espresso-based coffee drink that is prepared with steamed milk foam known as microform, as well as milk froth.

The ratios of espresso, milk, and foam in a cappuccino typically equal one third each.

Cappuccino variations, such as a bone dry cappuccino, are created by altering this ratio.

Before we get to bone dry let’s quickly cover what a wet and dry cappuccino are.

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Wet cappuccino

Compared to the classic cappuccino, a wet cappuccino has less milk foam and more steamed milk.

Because of the extra liquid that comes with the additional steamed milk, the overall ingredients are considered less dry/wetter than those in an ordinary cappuccino.

Dry cappuccino

As you may have guessed, a dry cappuccino has less steamed milk and more foam.

A dry cappuccino will make the bitterness of the espresso more pronounced because there is less steamed milk to dilute the espresso.

A wet cappuccino, on the other hand, will be a little sweeter because the steamed milk will dilute the bitterness of the espresso.

Some people will order a dry cappuccino just to ensure they get the foam on top of a cappuccino, as opposed to something that resembles a flat white or latte.

In fact, a “super wet cappuccino” is considered to be the same as a latte.

Bone dry cappuccino

And finally, we come to the infamous bone dry cappuccino.

A bone dry cappuccino is a cappuccino that’s made with espresso as a base, served with a thick layer of foamy frothed milk, and no steamed milk.

Because it does not contain any steamed milk that usually offsets the bitter taste of espresso, a bone dry cappuccino has a more bitter taste compared to your regular cappuccino.

If you enjoy drinking black coffee or prefer the full flavour of espresso, then maybe you will enjoy this style of coffee.

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How to make a bone dry cappuccino

Step 1: Froth your milk

Begin by steaming the milk for the beverage, using the steam wand on your espresso machine. Alternatively, you can heat the milk in a pan and use a handheld milk frother to froth it.

Whichever method you use, froth your milk until you have light, fluffy foam, but be sure not to burn it.

Step 2: Pull your espresso shot

Pull a single or double shot of espresso into a pre-heated coffee mug.

Step 3: Combine

Gently swirl your milk jug to pop any large bubbles. Tap the side of the jug against a counter to break up any stubborn ones, then pour into your espresso. You can use a spoon or give the jug a shake to make sure all the foam transfers to the cup.

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Cappuccino FAQ

What does a bone dry cappuccino taste like?

Bone-dry cappuccinos are less milky, so they taste more bitter with a bolder espresso flavour. They still have some milk flavour, but the espresso has more room to shine than in a regular cappuccino.

What’s an extra-dry cappuccino?

An extra–dry cappuccino has a small amount of steamed milk between the espresso and the milk foam. It sits somewhere in between a regular cappuccino and a bone dry cappuccino.