What Is A Bone Dry Cappuccino? Read About It Here!

Updated on: April 26, 2023
Author: Nick
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Bone Dry Cappuccino

The world of coffee drinks can be complicated. There is a huge variety of drinks with a bunch of different names, yet, they all contain the same ingredients: milk and espresso coffee. There are lattes, flat whites, cortados, macchiatos and more. And of course, we have the venerable cappuccino.

If you are here, most likely you heard someone talk about a bone dry cappuccino. If you rolled your eyes...we don't blame you. Us coffee snobs like to create names for different coffee drinks, even if the differences are minute.

But no worries, coffee lover, we're here to clear any confusion you may have about these drinks!

Bone dry cappuccino is a cappuccino variant that has been making waves in the coffee community. This variant of the traditional cappuccino is gaining popularity for its unique flavor and texture.

In this post, we will discuss what a bone dry cappuccino is, how to make it, and compare it to other variants such as a dry cappuccino and wet cappuccino.

Let's get started!

What is a Cappuccino?

Before we start talking about bone dry cappuccinos, let's start with the basics.

A cappuccino is an espresso-based coffee drink that originated in Italy. It is typically made with two shots of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. A traditional cappuccino has a ratio of ⅓ espresso, ⅓ steamed milk, and ⅓ milk foam.

That makes for a total drink volume of 6 oz.

The drink is named after the Capuchin friars, who were known for their habit of wearing brown robes with hoods (cappuccino means "little hood" in Italian).

In Italy, cappuccinos are a breakfast drink. However, this is not really observed in the rest of the world, so don't feel guilty ordering a cappuccino in the afternoon if you wish!

Some people might also confuse a cappuccino for a caffe misto, but they are quite different. So make sure you know the differences before sounding like a fool... Haha, just kidding!

What is a Cappuccino

What is a Bone Dry Cappuccino?

A bone dry cappuccino is made of human baby bones that are typically finely ground using high end burr grinders.

Ok, sorry, couldn't resist. Hopefully this was not too morbid.

Let's get serious.

A bone dry cappuccino is a traditional cappuccino without any steamed milk. So basically all you have is espresso and milk foam, and you would be drinking the espresso through the foam.

The "bone dry" name comes from the lack of steamed milk, making this a more bitter or drier drink.

Why would people drink bone dry cappuccinos? There are several reasons so let's go over them.

  • The foam on top of the drink is actually a good insulator. So if you like to drink espresso but are disappointed on how quickly it cools down, a bone dry cappuccino is a great option. The thick foam layer will keep your espresso hot for a longer time.

  • Going back to drinking espresso, a bone dry cappuccino is a fun way to experience espresso. The foam can be decorated with chocolate or cinnamon sprinkles, adding a subtle sweet dimension to your drink.

  • That thick layer of foamed milk looks cool! So why not? It could even be used for some cool latte art!

  • It could be healthier if you don't drink the foam since you would only be drinking espresso coffee. Most of the calories are in the milk!

How Do You Make a Dry Bone Cappuccino?

Making a bone dry cappuccino is quite simple. You need espresso and milk foam. We'll show you two ways to make it, one with and one without an espresso machine.

We recommend you use whole milk but if you're not into fairy, oat milk works well too.

With an Espresso Machine

  1. Add the milk to your steel milk pitcher.

  2. Using your machine's steam wand, begin steaming up the milk to the desired temperature. We recommend 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a thermometer or do it by feeling the pitcher's temperature. Once it starts to feel too hot to touch, you're there.

  3. Once you've reached the desired temperature, move the pitcher such that the steam wand's tip is slightly below the surface. This will create the desired foam. Once you have enough foam (about 4-5 oz) set aside.

  4. Pull a double espresso shot.

  5. Immediately add the foam to your cup and enjoy your bone dry cappuccino!

Without an Espresso Machine

  1. Add some milk to a small pot and heat the milk until you start seeing bubbles appear. Do not let it boil. Ideally, you want to keep the temperature at 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Using a handheld milk frother or a whisk, whip the cream to create the desired amount of foam.

  3. Brew your coffee. Given you don't have an espresso machine, you will need to use an alternative. You want a strong coffee. Different types of coffee makers work, good alternatives include using a Moka Pot, an AeroPress, a coffee maker with a grinder or a French Press.

  4. Add the strong coffee to your cup, and then add the foam.

Pro Tips

  • Add hot water to your cup to warm it up, and discard the water just before pouring the espresso and foam.

  • Use whole espresso beans and a good grinder for the freshest experience.

  • You can't truly make espresso without an espresso machine, as it requires very high pressures. If you like to drink cappuccinos every day, we highly recommend an espresso machine. There are great espresso machines under $1,000. A $3 cappuccino a day will cost you almost $1,100, and you can find a good espresso machine for half that price. Mother earth will also thank you, as you will save it from 365 unrecyclable cups of coffee!

What is a Dry Cappuccino?

Yes, there are more variations of the classic cappuccino! Another one is dry cappuccinos.

What are those you ask?

A dry cappuccino contains one or two shots of espresso, a small amount of steamed milk and some a thick layer of foam on top.

Other similar drinks are cortados and caffe macchiatos (not to be confused with the Starbucks ones). The main difference is these don't feature nearly as much foam.

Dry cappuccinos are for those who like a more intense version of the cappuccino.

What is a Wet Cappuccino?

Yes, you guessed it right!

A wet cappuccino is the opposite of a dry cappuccino.

A wet cappuccino contains more milk and less foam. There aren't any official proportions, but the amount of milk would be somewhere between a cappuccino and a latte.

In other words, the coffee taste won't be as intense as a cappuccino, but more intense than a latte.

What is a Super Wet Cappuccino?

This drink contains even more steamed milk and even less foam than a wet cappuccino. This makes a super wet cappuccino...a latte...or a flat white.

Super Wet Cappuccino

Not sure who came up with the name, but we find it a bit silly.

If you want a latte, ask for a latte. If you want a flat white, ask for a flat white. Your barista will thank you.

/Sermon over.

Can I Order Bone Dry Cappuccinos in Coffee Shops?

Yes you can, most baristas should understand what you mean!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dry cappuccino at Starbucks?

It's a traditional cappuccino with no steamed milk and lots of foam. The same definition as above, but it is understandable you ask, because sometimes Starbucks drink names mean different things outside Starbucks. Take for example the macchiato.

Can you order a bone dry cappuccino at Starbucks?

Yes you can! Just ask for a bone dry cappuccino as per usual. It may not be in their menu, but they talk about it on the Starbucks official website!

Is a macchiato stronger than cappuccino?

Yes it is, as it contains less milk than a cappuccino. A macchiato is mostly espresso with a couple of teaspoons of steamed milk.

How many calories does a bone dry cappuccino have?

A bone dry cappuccino has essentially the same amount of calories as an espresso, unless you eat the foam. This means a bone dry cap has about 5-6 calories per 2 oz serving as per US Department of Agriculture.

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Bottom Line

Bone dry cappuccinos are a great way to get your daily espresso fix, without having too much milk.

We hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below and we'll answer them as soon as possible.

Happy brewing!

Nick loves coffee... Actually, he NEEDS coffee! So, he has dedicated his time to learning all he can about this magical bean. He can make a mean latte, is obsessed with flat whites, and is always up for a cup of java!

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