A cappuccino is a coffee-based drink made primarily from espresso and milk. It consists of one-third espresso, one-third third heated milk and one-third milk foam and is generally served in a 6 to 8-ounce cup.

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Urban Legend VS History

Cappuccino dates back to the early 20th century, but the name wasn’t associated with the beverage we know today, just before 1950 it became a well-known coffee beverage. The popular story is that someone got the bright idea to call the drink a “cappuccino” because of the colour the foam made when mixed with the coffee, resembled the pale brown colour of a Capuchin monk’s robe, but some discount this as urban legend. The tale that’s widely regarded as myth is that the drink derives its name from the 17th century Capuchin monk who invented it, Marco d’Aviano. (There is no record of d’Aviano having invented any kind of coffee beverage. The first patent for the drink we now know as the cappuccino wasn’t filed until 1901.)

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The conception of the espresso machine began in 1884, shortly after the espresso drink was invented. Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy, patented the first espresso machine for commercial use.

Originally demonstrated at the Turn General Exposition of 1884, Angelo Moriondo was then granted a patent (no. 33/265) on May 16th, 1884. After, a certificate of industrial title was awarded to him under the description of, “New steam machinery for the economic and instantaneous confection of coffee beverage.” The improvement on this patented machine was made by the founder Luigi Bezzera of the famous Bezzera espresso machines in 1901. While he wasn’t an engineer, he was a mechanic. After figuring out his improvements worked, he patented quite a few of the features on December 19th, 1901 under the license numbers no. 153/94, 61707; those of which were granted on June 5th, 1902. Shortly after, a man by the name of Desiderio Pavoni bought the patent off of Luigi Bezzera. After Desiderio had bought the patent from Bezzera, four short years later, he began creating espresso in a small workshop inside of the wonderful city of Milan. Many designs were created and patented since then and have spread like wildfire around the world. After Italy had received a test of the espresso, England took the idea in the 1950’s, and onward to the United States. Starbucks adapted to the espresso machine and drink in the 80’s and 90’s, delivering the United States a delicious drink while they promoted their name. Now one of the largest breakfast beverage/coffee shop chains in the world, Starbucks has Angelo Moriondo to thank for some of their staple menu items.

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