Italy is delightfully famous for the variety of coffee drinks that it produces. Cappuccinos are loved among coffee lovers and despite the vague history, many people still appreciate the comfort that this hot, foamy, milk drink brings.
Thus, comes a happy day called Cappuccino Day, where people from all over can order a frothy and whipped cup of coffee to enjoy on its own or to eat whatever meal they’re having. Let’s take a look at how Cappuccino Day came to be.
National Cappuccino Day is celebrated on November 8th. It’s a perfect drink on a frosty morning, meeting with friends, or just to enjoy a creamy cuppa.
History of Cappuccino Day
The name “Cappuccino” originally came from the Capuchin Friars, a minor order of Franciscan friars within the Catholic Church, headquartered in Rome, Italy. These friars in the 16th century were well known for their missionary work in helping the poor and were dedicated to extreme austerity, poverty, and simplicity.
Wearing a brown robe with a pointed hood, it is believed that the name stemmed from a specific person in the order, Marco d’Aviano. According to the Telegraph, when an Ottoman Turk army tried marching into Vienna in 1683, d’Aviano united the outnumbered Christian troops and made them victorious in defending Vienna.
The legend says that after the Turks fled, they left behind Ottoman coffee, and because the Christians found it to be bitter, they sweetened it with milk and honey and named it after the Order of Capuchins.
However, the cappuccino coffee drink that everyone knows of today was invented in Italy during the 1900’s after the invention of the espresso machine gained popularity. The first record of the modern cappuccino appeared in the 1930’s. Back then, espresso machines were rather bulky and complicated–certainly not something the average person would have at home in their kitchen. So as the coffee culture in Italy developed, it was centered around specialty cafes, and baristas who knew how to operate the machines.
After World War II, the espresso machine improved, and so changed the process of making cappuccinos, which now have steamed and frothed cream and thus spread its popularity around the world.
How to Celebrate Cappuccino Day?
Cappuccino Day is certainly an enjoyable one! Celebrate with all kinds of delightful activities that center around this delicious beverage made with espresso and foamed milk.
Head over to Baci restaurant with your friends and family and enjoy your favorite beverage with a slice of cake or by itself.