Cappuccino History

The Beginning

Anyone interested in a brief explanation about cappuccino history is going to be faced with a lot of assumptions, myths and guesses. The actual facts reveal that it appeared in Italy at some point in the fourteenth or fifteenth centuries. It is believed to have been the brain child of a Capuchin monk (hence the name Cappuccino), but no verifiable evidence can prove this belief.

Early 1900's

What is known is that in the early 1900s it was an incredibly popular beverage in many parts of Europe and following the end of the fighting of World War II, many GIs carried their love of the sweet and potent beverage back to the United States. Once the coffee house era of the 1950s began, the espresso and cappuccino machine was a common and normal sight in restaurants all around the country.

1980's to Present

For a few decades espresso and cappuccino faded into the realms of gourmet cuisine or international dining, but in the late 1980s several chain coffee shops began offering specialty coffee beverages and its history took an interesting turn. Soon espresso machines filled store shelves and shoppers and diners couldn’t get enough of the powerful brews.

This soon expanded and today it is a fairly common sight to see gourmet coffee kiosks in shopping malls, roadside stands selling all kinds of hot and cold coffee beverages and even shops and stores dedicated to making and drinking cappuccino and all of the other associated drinks.

A cappuccino history must also include a few words dedicated to the career that has evolved out of the popularity of coffee drinks; that of the barista. Today there are colleges, trade organizations, websites, publications and articles focused entirely on the art of hot and cold coffee drinks and their creation. The history of cappuccino and its counterparts is quite interesting, and clearly not finished.

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