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Posted Thu Apr 19, 2012, 6:32am
Subject: A cappuccino is all about ratios, right?
 

A cappuccino is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, 1/3 foam. I think I understand that. I've also heard that it is 1/3 espresso and 2/3 microfoam, if you can make microfoam.

I have a new machine, and my wife has been asking for a particular drink, where I pull a double shot into two 3 ounce glasses, and then fill them up with the best foam I can make (depends upon the day). My brain says that I might have made two cappuccinos. My wife's brain says that it can't be a cappuccino, because it's so small. However, we've had years of drinking coffee from places that give you cappuccinos in 12 ounce to go containers.

Are they just single shot cappuccinos that aren't drowning in an agonizing excess of milk?

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Posted Thu Apr 19, 2012, 9:12am
Subject: Re: A cappuccino is all about ratios, right?
 

Well that is the ratio used in the U.S. Other places call things differently.

A cap is normally made with 2 shots, 2 oz milk and a THICK cap of foam about 2 oz worth into a 6 oz cup but basically the same drink.

I use a 3 oz glass cup to pull my double shots into cuz it looks so nice. Otherwise, I use larger cups up to my "drive to work" latte ... 6 oz espresso, 12 oz steamed milk (after steaming with microfoam) into a 20 oz cup.

My sit and enjoy the morning - weekend  drink is the same as above into a 16 oz ceramic cup so it is 6 oz espresso into cup and add 10 oz steamed milk/foam or a bit closer to a cap.

Drink what you like! If I am ordering a drink from a shop I trust/know, I order by what I want (6 oz espresso, latte into a 20 oz cup) or a double shot straight into a ceramic cup etc, and hang the "name" that is on the order board.

 
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 10:54am
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You're describing espresso macchiato
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 11:22am
Subject: Re: A cappuccino is all about ratios, right?
 

I tend to think of a cappuccino as an especially foamy milk drink of 5-8oz total volume (traditionally erring on the smaller side), regardless of the volume of the shots of espresso.
To make a single shot cappuccino, the drink wouldn't suddenly shrink from 6 to 3oz, the ratio would just be different.
And where I work, we pull "double" shots <1oz in volume, but still pour a 6 / 8oz (porcelain / paper) cappuccino.
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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 1:33pm
Subject: Re: A cappuccino is all about ratios, right?
 

Terms have become so convoluted (almost to the point of meaninglessness) because you have Italy saying one thing, American saying another, and SBUX just doing whatever it wants. You could go by WBC standards, which would be the "most widely accepted" standard (I suppose), or you can just make whatever you want, call it whatever you want, and enjoy it. I would tend--if I may throw my hat in the ring--to call your drink a milky macchiato or a small cap, but I make a double cap at about the same ratio.

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Posted Sat Jun 23, 2012, 1:44pm
Subject: Re: A cappuccino is all about ratios, right?
 

calblacksmith Said:

...I use larger cups up to my "drive to work" latte ... 6 oz espresso, 12 oz steamed milk (after steaming with microfoam) into a 20 oz cup.

My sit and enjoy the morning - weekend  drink is the same as above into a 16 oz ceramic cup so it is 6 oz espresso into cup and add 10 oz steamed milk/foam or a bit closer to a cap.

Drink what you like! If I am ordering a drink from a shop I trust/know, I order by what I want (6 oz espresso, latte into a 20 oz cup) or a double shot straight into a ceramic cup etc, and hang the "name" that is on the order board.

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Man! 6 oz of espresso must get you Buzzin'!
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 8:56am
Subject: Re: A cappuccino is all about ratios, right?
 

naimnut Said:

Man! 6 oz of espresso must get you Buzzin'!

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eh, not really.  I drink something very, very similar every morning in my to go.  I pull two 20g "doubles" into a 17 oz cup and then top it off with microfoam (on a good day) or frothed milk (on a bad day).  If I have a lot of time in the morning, I do a 20g "double" macchiato/cappuccino (it's somewhere in between for me), then repeat after it's gone.

 
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