how to make a dry cappuccino

Have you ever tried ordering a dry Cappuccino? It has less steamed milk and less foam compared to a wet cappuccino while retaining its bold coffee taste and rich texture and flavor.

What Is a Dry Cappuccino?                     

Cappuccino is a delicious beverage that originated from Italy. A traditional cappuccino has one or two shots of espresso, and an equal amount of steamed milk and foamed milk in a delicious cup. A dry cappuccino uses less milk and less foam.

Opt for the “wet” beverage if you like it creamier and you’ll get a cup which has more steamed milk. But, if you prefer a “dry” cup, you will just get less milk! If you don’t like steamed milk, you can ask for a bone-dry cappuccino to get espresso and foam only.

Making a Dry Cappuccino     

Here’s a step by step guide on how to make a delicious cup of dry cappuccino:

  • Put one or two shots of espresso into your espresso machine. Pour it into a cup and set aside.
  • Get a milk pitcher. Fill it with whole milk, one-third of the way to leave room for the milk to expand.
  • Submerge the tip of the espresso machine’s steam wand into the milk pitcher and turn on the espresso machine. You will see the milk begins to rise and turns foamy. You can move the pitcher lower or higher, until you achieve your desired foamy appearance.
  • Steam the milk at about 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use a spoon to hold back the foam as you pour a small amount of steamed milk into your espresso cup.

Wet VS Dry Cappuccino

When you say, you want a ‘dry cappuccino’; it means you just want more foam and less milk. The ratio of foamed milk increases, while steamed milk decreases. So, instead of seeing creamy coffee, you’ll see a thick and dense layer of foam floating on your cup of espresso.

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Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.