Difference between Coffee and Cappuccino

By: | Updated: Dec-5, 2017

Does everything you serve in a coffee shop look the same to you? Or are you the type of person who has preferences and specific requests? Regardless of what category of coffee drinker you belong to, you must still know the difference between coffee and cappuccino, right? One is black and the other foamy. Or are there other differences as well?

Summary Table

Easily made in a kettle or any coffee machineMade with the help of a specialized machine
Made by adding boiling water to coffee groundsMade by adding milk and froth to a double espresso
Can be served black or with sugar and milkCan be served with or without sugar
Has been around since the 15th centuryWas invented in the 18th century
Originated in YemenOriginated in Austria
Can be made in various waysCan only be made with the use of a machine


cup of regular coffee
A cup of regular coffee

We call coffee any type of beverage brewed from coffee beans. Many countries have this drink but its preparation varies from one place to another. It can be served black, with sugar, or with milk. Among the earliest mentions of coffee dates back to the 15th century in Yemen.

A regular cup of coffee can be brewed in a kettle or in a coffee machine. It all comes down to adding hot water to ground coffee. You can make it by boiling water then adding coffee and letting it boil for a short while, then removing the kettle from the fire and letting it rest as the coffee grounds settle. Or you can use a French press, where boiled water has been poured over ground coffee, then mixed in. The press then pushes the coffee grounds down to separate them from the liquid. The coffee filter way, which is the simplest, has the machine heat the water then pour it over ground coffee placed in a filter above the coffee pot.

A cup of cappuccino
A cup of cappuccino

Cappuccino is a type of coffee-based beverage that is easily recognizable due to the foamy layer on top. It is made using a double espresso, steamed milk, and froth. The name of the beverage was inspired from the hood Capuchin monks used to wear on their heads, as they both have the same color. The Kapuziner appears mentioned in the 1700s in Vienna, although the term we use today is the Italian one, dating back to 1930s. The Austrian heritage is not completely left aside as the full name is “Austrian cappuccino.”

In Europe, cappuccino is a breakfast beverage. Italians, for example, only serve it up to 11 AM, and they find it strange to drink it after that hour. In other countries, cappuccino is consumed until late in the afternoon.

A cappuccino is made using a special machine. Shortcuts like instant cappuccinos have been invented. These are beverages with a similar flavor that are inspired from the real thing, yet they remain far from the original.

Coffee vs Cappuccino

So what is the difference between coffee and cappuccino?

Regular coffee is simple ground coffee and boiled water. It can be served black, with sugar, or with milk. Cappuccino is made from espresso, steamed milk, and froth. Due to its complexity, you can only have a cappuccino in a specialized coffee shop or get a cappuccino maker at home. Regular coffee, however, is easy to make even in the harshest conditions. There are various ways to make regular coffee, yet there is only one way to make a cappuccino.

Coffee is consumed all over the world in various forms. It dates back to the 15th century in Yemen. Cappuccino, on the other hand, was created in the 18th century in Vienna, and the tradition of this exquisite beverage was taken further by Italians.

Considering the different types of blends, even two regular coffees can taste quite different. A cappuccino, on the other hand, will have the intense flavor of espresso, toned down by the milk and with a delightfully foamy texture. It too can be as sweet as you like, yet it should have a slightly bitter taste on account of cinnamon being sprinkled on top of the foam to make it look better.

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