The world of caffeinated beverages has opened up a plethora of new flavours, textures, and tastes to make your day even better.
But one drink, in particular, has taken the world by storm. That would be the Bone Dry Cappuccino.
Soft, sweet notes combined with strong dry notes create a perfect drink for just about any occasion – from lunchtime with coworkers to happy hour after work to sleeping in on Saturday morning.
The name bone dry cappuccino comes from a liquid that has almost no sugar or fat in it.
The drink is more like coffee than you would expect. It’s strong and sweet, with a foam that’s not cream but more like foam for a cappuccino.
To know more, let us first start at the basics.
What is bone dry?
Bone dry is exactly what it sounds like: we use only pure coffee beans without any milk or water added to them.
The bone dry cappuccino is so popular because it produces a vibrant flavour that you cannot get from drinking just coffee alone.
You can also control the sweetness of your drink, and the “stronger” the coffee that you use, the more bitter your drink will be.
Because of the no foam and the pure coffee bean, a bone dry cappuccino is healthier than an ordinary cappuccino.
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Steps to make bone dry cappuccino:
Step 1: Grind the coffee beans.
Ground coffee is often used in bone-dry cappuccinos. It is suggested that you grind only as much coffee as you need to make your drink so that your coffee does not get stale.
Also, grind it in a burr mill so that the coffee will not be ground into an excellent powder, resulting in a bitter taste of the drink.
You can also freeze your ground beans, so they stay fresh for longer but remember to let them thaw before using them.
Step 2: Place the coffee in your coffee maker.
Follow your instructions when using your coffee maker because they can all be different. The critical point is not to mix any water with the ground beans ‘.
Coffee goes into a cup with hot water; this is very important if you don't want a bitter taste in your drink.
Step 3: Pour milk
Pour milk into a cup and steam it until you think it is good enough.
Step 4: Add sugar
This is very important to make your bone dry cappuccino taste the way you want it to.
If you use too much, your cappuccino might taste very bitter, and if you use none at all, the coffee will be hot and bitter because of oversteaming. Add sugar sparingly, as with any drink.
Step 5: Add espresso in a cup or some form.
The amount of espresso that you should add depends on how strong a drink you want. For example, if you want a strong bitter taste, use more espresso per cup.
Step 6: Shake your cup well until mixed well, or stir it if it is not too hot.
This is the most important point in making a bone dry cappuccino because if your drink does not mix well, you will get coffee beans or foam floating on the top of your drink, which creates a very unattractive look in a cup.
Step 7: Enjoy your cup of bone-dry cappuccino!
Remember not to let the cup of cappuccino sit for too long after you made it because the coffee will get bitter. The longer you leave it, the more bitter the taste will be.
The taste of a bone dry cappuccino can be described as a sweet or bitter coffee with no milk. It tastes good, depending on how much sugar and coffee you use to make your drink.
To top it off, you can add whipped cream to the cappuccino; others use syrup, and some prefer cinnamon and nutmeg.
Bone-dry vs wet cappuccino: What is the difference?
A wet cappuccino is very similar to a bone-dry cappuccino, except for one small difference: the milk is steamed (not just heated) when the drink enters the cup.
As a result, the texture is also slightly different.
- Flavour: The flavour of a bone dry coffee is less sweet and more bitter than “regular” coffee.
- The taste of a wet cappuccino is sweeter and less bitter than a bone-dry one because of the steamed milk.
- The wet cappuccino can be topped with cream or foam, while the bone-dry cappuccino cannot be topped with anything but sugar.
- The wet cappuccino is slightly more expensive than the bone-dry one because of the steamed milk.
- Bone-dry cappuccino production costs are low because of the lack of sugar and cream in it.
Different types of cappuccinos and lattes.
The following are just a few examples:
The basic cappuccino.
This is the most popular form of cappuccino and consists of two parts: espresso and steamed milk.
Therefore, art comes into play when preparing this drink. The length of cooking time is significant because it determines the flavours within the latte.
A long steaming time steeps the milk with flavour, but a short steaming time will create a more delicate latte with softer notes.
The Cappuccino Royale
This cappuccino is made with a single shot of espresso from an automatic espresso machine. The milk is served in a special cup called a cappuccino cup.
This type of cappuccino was created in America and was first introduced by Starbucks. As the name suggests, the drink is served with whipped cream floating on top, sitting on your choice of chocolate or vanilla sauce (Yum!).
This drink is made by pouring ground espresso from a demitasse-sized espresso cup into the milk (no steaming).
The water must be hot to properly dilute the espresso shot, but not boiling, for some variation of this drink called an Americano.
The Latte Macchiato
A latte macchiato is a variation of the standard cappuccino. Although there are some differences in preparation and flavour, this drink is still referred to as a cappuccino.
This drink is made by pouring one ounce of espresso into a cup with steamed milk. The milk should be scalding, milk that has congealed and can appear “foamy”.
The drink is usually topped with crema or frothed coffee.
This drink is made by pouring hot espresso onto freshly brewed, cold milk with froth. The drink is served with a latte or cappuccino cup.
The Almond Cappuccino
A cappuccino with Italian almonds and cinnamon becomes the texture of a glazed donut when warm.
It is served at coffee shops such as Starbucks and other international chain stores as a dessert beverage, accompanied by a miniature chocolate chip muffin called a scone.
Starbucks calls it "Italy's Greatest Coffee."
A cappuccino can also be blended with milk and ice to create an iced cappuccino. This drink can also be topped with whipped cream or frothed milk.
Now that we have an idea of what a cappuccino is let's talk about bone dry cappuccino
Bone dry Cappuccino
This drink allows you to have your cappuccino and eat it, too. It is typically prepared using milk that has been steamed for a short amount of time or low-fat milk with no sugar added.
This type of cappuccino makes an order taste like a dessert, similar to the almond cappuccino.
The first impression one gets from the Bone Dry Cappuccino is its “dryness.” The dryness, or lack of (“bone” in this case) moisture, is what gives the drink its name.
A bone dry cappuccino, like a regular cappuccino, is made from espresso coffee and milk.
However, the bone dry cappuccino differs in that the coffee is not sweetened, and the milk is only steamed until it appears frothy.
These drinks are so named because they are much "drier" than other cappuccinos made with sweetened flavoured syrup. For example, a bone dry caramel cappuccino is called a caramel macchiato at Starbucks.
Now that you are familiar with the term "Bone dry" and understand that it doesn't include dry bones and skeletons, you can try different variations of "Bone dry" cappuccino by adding other ingredients.
You can then experiment and choose the best ingredients to go with your drink.
You can serve this to your guests, and you can experiment to see what they like best.
If you are not a big fan of milk, you can try the traditional cappuccino and save your bones for real bone dry cappuccinos!