Saturday, August 14, 2010

Have a Dry Cappuccino Next Time

Yesterday I stopped by my local Starbucks and asked for a dry cappuccino. The basic recipe for a traditional cappuccino is:
  • Two shots of espresso
  • 1/3 cup of steamed milk
  • 1/3 froth from steamed milk
If you ask for it dry, then you add less milk and more froth. If you want it wet, you add more milk and less froth (note: this can sometimes seem very similar to a latte). You should be able to feel the difference in the weight of the drink the minute you are handed the cup. Dry cappuccino's are extremely light and a wet cappuccino feels a lot more like all the other drinks they serve at the Bucks.

I put this post up today because the "barista" at Starbucks yesterday took my order for a dry cappuccino with a knowing nod and then proceeded to give me a wet cappuccino. I had to have her make it again much to her aggravation. I am afraid that baristas at large chains are not always in tune with the nuances of mainline drinks. Mrs. DarkroastedDC adds that it also is possible that some baristas can't believe you will pay full price for that little milk and are worried that you will be upset by the lack of raw liquid in your drink. Interesting thought. Regardless, with a better understanding of cappuccino making you can help them get it right. 


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I have never drunk a cappuccino like that one, but sounds interesting and delicious, so I'll have to prepare it when I arrive at home.

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