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If you are learning Italian in London you will be happy to learn the story of cappuccino and some vocabulary!

Most people love this type of coffee: we would say that it is the most popular around the world!

But do you know where cappuccino comes from?

The story of the Italian cappuccino is very interesting and throws us back to the 17th century in Vienna.

The Capuchin monk (frate cappuccino) Marco d’Aviano in 1683 was sent to Vienna by Pope Innocenzo XI.

His purpose was to convince the European powers to make a coalition against the Ottomans who were laying siege to Europe.

At that time, coffee was a new drink, brought to Europe by the Ottomans.

Once in Vienna, Marco d’Aviano went to a café and wanted to try it.

Since he found it too strong, he asked to add some milk (latte).

Suddenly, the coffee changed colour: it became similar to the monk’s tunic, so it was called “Kapuziner”, in Italian cappuccino.

Actually, that cappuccino was quite different from the one we drink today.

Nowadays, a good cappuccino is made with espresso coffee and milk foam (schiuma di latte).

The first difference is that in the 17th century coffee was not espresso but the Turkish filtered version (caffè turco).

In addition, it was not possible to whip milk so a cappuccino was more similar to a caffelatte, made just with coffee and milk.

The habit of drinking cappuccino quickly spread in the Austro-Hungarian Kingdom.

Actually it was not the one drunk by the Capuchin monk: it was served with some spices and whipped cream (panna montata) on top.

Finally, at the beginning of the 20th century the espresso machine was invented and the cappuccino became more similar to the one we drink today.

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