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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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.
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
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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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.