Cappuccino: The Italian Coffee Delight

The cappuccino drink is thought to have origininated in Vienna, however, their version of the cappuccino or locally known to the Viennese as Kapuziner is a mix of brewed coffee mixed with spices and topped with whipped cream. Regardless of the origin, cappuccino is on the menu of every coffee shop as one of the most popular coffee drink.

Origins of the cappuccino The name cappuccino came from an odd origin. Back in the time when the beverage was really popular, the color of the cappuccino was strikingly familiar to the color of the Capuchin friarswho, at the time, held a high position or recognition in the society. The name cappuccino literally reads as small Capuchin. The name also came from a derived Italian word 'cappuccio' which means hood.

Although the name is attributed to the Capuchin friars, the beverage itself originated in Austria from a beverage known as the Kapuziner. The Kapuziner is defined back then as coffee with cream and sugar and later also even defined as coffee with cream, spices, and sugar. The drink, itself, did originate in Vienna and as it spread out, it was known as Cafe Viennois.

The Cappuccino Evolution Over time, cappuccino has evolved into a completely different drink from its Viennese origin although has its strikingly similar comparison to the drink. Though it originated from Vienna, the Italians were the ones who made the beverage popular thus taking the name cappuccino. And as time passed by, the whipped cream was replaced with steamed milk.

As the drink gained popularity, it later then evolved into a different concoction when it made its way to American soil. Cappuccino then had an extra layer added to it which is the foam as a literal take on the 'cap' or 'hood' of the drink. In Italy, however, it only uses a shot of espresso and steamed frothed milk. Now, a cappuccino is known as a drink that comprises of 1/3 of espresso, 1/3 of steamed milk, 1/3 of milk foam.

The Kapuziner in Austria remains unchanged until today and it is still widely found in the Austrian menu of beverages.

Italian Cappuccino Since it is widely recognized as an Italian drink, the cappuccino is quite popular. It is also a drink that is often given to children because it has more parts milk than espresso. However, cappuccinos or cappuccini, in Italian plural form, are morning beverages that aren't supposed to be taken after 11 am. It's either drunk with breakfast or taken as a mid-morning coffee time.

Cappuccino Variations Double cappuccino is made with a double shot of espresso and poured over with steamed frothed milk. Iced Cappuccino or the cappuccino freddo is a cold version of the typical cappuccino. It uses cold frothed milk widely popular in the Mediterranean, however, in different parts of the world, the cappuccino is ice-blended and oftentimes added with whipped cream and flavor shots. Gelato da bere is a variant of cappuccino that uses a thick blend of gelato instead of frothed milk. It is really popular in Milan and has a creamier and more textured feel and taste as compared to a cappuccino. Wet Cappuccino or cappuccini Chiaro is a cappuccino with more steamed milk and less froth or foam. Dry Cappuccino or cappuccini scurro has more foam than steamed milk in the concoction. This cappuccino variant has a stronger taste of coffee as compared to the original cappuccino since it has lesser milk to dilute the espresso.



For the Love of Kitchens

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So you want to upgrade your kitchen or you are moving to a new one and you just don’t know which equipment you should get. Well there are certain factors that come into play. The sooner you know the factors, the sooner you know what to get for your kitchen.

Size of equipment

The first thing that you have to consider is the size of the equipment that you will buy. The size depends on your need. It must be able to match the need that you have when it comes to cooking. If you cook for a lot of people, you need to choose the bigger ones to accommodate your ingredients.

Easy function

It is always important that you choose the ones that are user friendly and not complicated. The function of the equipment must be clear so that you will be able to optimize the benefits of the tool. Try to see to it that you understand the main function of the equipment that you buy.

Your budget

Budget is always a main consideration given the fact that some equipment can be very expensive. You need to choose the one that is within the budget that you have set only. Make sure that you can afford the kitchen tools that you plan to buy. Sourced from: http://ezinearticles.com/?Factors-To-Consider-When-Buying-Kitchen-Equipment-For-Your-Home&id=4961215

If you are the kind of person who does not spend much time in kitchen then you might not even be familiar with the types of equipment you should buy. This equipment can be divided into two categories so that you can easily understand.

Non-mechanical

Non-mechanical equipment generally does not have any moving parts and is usually small. Most hand-held tools and utensils fall into this category that includes knives, mixing bowls and spoons.

Mechanical

Because many kitchen tasks are time consuming and repetitive, many kitchens also have a variety of mechanical devices in order to make these tasks easier. Most of these pieces of equipment are small enough to either be held in the hand or moved around freely. A good example of this type of equipment would be a mandolin. [youtube video=https://youtu.be/Jz7042kxxog ]

Powered

Finally there is powered equipment. These pieces of equipment need electricity, gas or steam to work. Some power equipment, like electric knives, are small and are hand-held. Others, like ovens, are so large and heavy that they are fixed in one spot.

Most powered equipment with moving parts, like mixers and blenders, are driven by electricity. Ovens, boilers and steamers, which have few moving parts but generate heat, are usually powered by gas, wood or electricity. Sourced from: https://sielearning.tafensw.edu.au/toolboxes/KitchenOps/tools/store/equip/e_types.html

It is so sad that the same room that is used to prepare delicious meals for the family can also be a room where danger lurks. The kitchen is a home workshop and it is important to store things safely to prevent ugly accidents or incidents.

Knives

Store your knives safely in a butcher's block or drawer, putting them away right after washing. Keep knives sharp for safe, smooth cutting, and slice or cut food only on a cutting board, angling the blade away from yourself. Keep your cutlery clean, but never toss a blade into a sink or wash basin in case someone reaches unaware into the dishwater. Adults should supervise children when they use knives and teach them to always hold them point down and to avoid distractions when cutting.

Appliances

Kitchen appliances used incorrectly can injure people. Teach children to use basic equipment first and then graduate to electrical appliances as they grow older and more experienced. Always use microwaves, pans and pots, toasters and other cooking appliances only with food inside, and stay in the kitchen while operating all appliances. Keep gas and electric stoves and appliances in top working condition to avoid gas leaks and electrical shocks. Sourced from: http://www.ehow.com/info_8121669_basics-handling-kitchen-equipment-safely.html