Why It's Called A "Cappuccino"

brista pouring a cappuccio

The exact origin of the name "cappuccino" is not entirely clear, but there are several theories about its history.

One theory is that the name comes from the Capuchin friars, a Catholic religious order founded in the 16th century. The friars wore brown hooded robes that were said to resemble the color of a cappuccino, and their hoods were shaped like the foam on top of the coffee drink. It's believed that the coffee drink was named after the friars because of this resemblance.

Another theory suggests that the name "cappuccino" comes from the Italian word "cappuccio," which means hood or cap. This theory suggests that the name refers to the shape of the coffee cup, which is similar to the hood worn by the Capuchin friars.

Yet another theory proposes that the name "cappuccino" comes from the Viennese coffee drink "Kapuziner," which is made with coffee, cream, and sugar. The name may have been modified to "cappuccino" when the drink was introduced to Italy.

Regardless of the exact origin of the name, the cappuccino as we know it today is a popular coffee drink made with espresso, steamed milk, and a layer of frothed milk on top. It is a staple of Italian coffee culture and has become popular worldwide especially with our customers here at Belleair Coffee Company in Belleair Bluffs, FL.