What Is A Bone Dry Cappuccino (and a Step-by-step Guide to Making It)

How can something that is wet be bone dry? Obviously, no one is being literal when they use the term bone dry. Like so many other things in life, the labels do not accurately describe the contents or an item. We understand this problem and have designed this article to clear up the confusion.

One thing is for sure, if you like a classic cappuccino, there is a good chance you will like the bone-dry edition. After all, it is still a cappuccino.

What is the Difference Between Cappuccinos?

That is a good question. Like ice cream or cake, coffee also has a variety of options. Then like chocolate ice cream or chocolate cake, cappuccinos have different flavors and styles. For cappuccinos, you can get classic, wet, dry, bone dry and super wet.

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    Super wet - this is basically a latte. A latte has more steamed milk than foam, thus it is labeled as super wet.
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    Classic Cappuccino - this version of the cappuccino coffee beverage has equal portions of espresso coffee, steamed milk and milk foam.
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    Wet Cappuccino - this version can have 1 or 2 shots of espresso, a large amount of steamed milk and very little frothed milk.
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    Dry Cappuccino - while it also has 1 or 2 shots of espresso, it has less steamed milk than the wet but more frothed milk on top.
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    Bone Dry Cappuccino - this version of the cappuccino family has the usual espresso base but no steamed milk. Just a layer of frothed milk lying on top.

If we were talking to the bar crowd, we would say that a bone-dry cappuccino is an espresso with a head on it.

Here it is...

Bone Dry Cappuccino

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How Do You Make a Bone-Dry Cappuccino?

It is not really that difficult to make a bone-dry cappuccino. You can do it at home with your own espresso or cappuccino machine. Here are some steps to follow to make a bone-dry cappuccino:

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    Heat the milk up - you need to get the milk to almost boiling. When you first see the bubbles, you are to remove the milk from the heat source.
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    Whip the milk hard - if you do not have a milk frother, you can still whip the milk with a whisk. Or you can use a mixer.
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    Prepare the coffee portion - one recommendation is to have 6 ounces of water for every 2 ounces of coffee grounds.
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    Brew the espresso - an espresso machine will give you the best results, but you can try other varieties of coffee makers to make the espresso.
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    Add the foam - remember, a bone-dry cappuccino has no steamed milk. It is simply espresso and foam.

That is all there is to making a bone-dry cappuccino.


The Wet vs Dry Cappuccino Challenge

Like anything else, there will be a difference of opinion about which version is better. But let’s look at the bare facts.

A wet cappuccino has steamed milk. Health wise that is about the only extra punch that this version has over its bone-dry competitor. They both have frothed milk and a shot or two of coffee. Drinkers of both styles of cappuccino still get all the health benefits coffee brings.

Which is better? It all boils down to your preference. Your taste buds determine which is the champion in this competition.


The Health Benefits of a Cup of Cappuccino

Benefits of Cappuccino

Allow us to get the boring stats out of the way first before trumpeting cappuccino’s health benefits. With each cup of cappuccino, you get roughly 100 calories, 18 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat, and 13 grams of sugar. As well as 95mg of salt.

Now that is done, let’s get to the good stuff. Some of the health benefits are:

Everything in Moderation

But, this does not mean you rush right out and drink a gallon of coffee a day. Too much coffee probably will negate any health benefits you would normally receive. You only need 1 to 2 cups a day to benefit from all the protections listed above.


So... What is a Dry Cappuccino?

By now we think you may have forgotten the difference between the different cappuccino varieties. Simply, a wet cappuccino has very little frothed milk on top. It does not have a big head on its espresso shoulders.

What is a Bone-Dry Cappuccino?

Simply put, a bone-dry cappuccino is all foundation and all head. There is no steamed milk body to help smooth out the taste of the espresso.

Final Words

We hope we have taken the confusion away from you with this information. While a bone-dry cappuccino has liquid in it. It is wet, but it simply has less liquid than all the other varieties you can buy.

A bone-dry cappuccino is simple to make. You could make it at home with little trouble. Also, it probably saves you time. This is due to the fact that you do not have to make two different types of hot milk.

Because it has espresso as one of its ingredients, you will not miss out on the great cappuccino taste or aroma. Now that you know what is a bone-dry cappuccino, we are betting you are going to try one to see if it is as good as the wet cappuccino.

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