What is a Bone Dry Cappuccino?

By Robert Parsons May 6, 2021

Every so often, a new coffee trend comes out, and all of us coffee-obsessed people want to jump on the bandwagon. We want to stay on top of the latest trends and brewing methods to take our at-home coffee experiences to the next level.

However, if one of your friends asked you to make a “bone dry cappuccino,” would you even know where to start? If you’re unaware of this term, don’t worry. Our team is all too familiar with the humble cappuccino and has tried our hand at this newer beverage.

What is a bone-dry cappuccino? We’ve got your back on this one. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this hot drink.

The Classic Cappuccino 

Cappuccinos are a popular drink in coffee shops all around the world. They are made with an equal amount of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam on top. Playing around with the ratios of these ingredients gets you a different type of cappuccino.

When you alter the balance, you get a whole different drink – which is key to understanding what a bone-dry cappuccino is. There are a few cappuccino variants, among them:

  • – Wet Cappuccino. This version starts with the usual espresso shot, followed by steamed milk and topped with a thin layer of foam. The “wet” part refers to the extra milk content of this beverage. It tastes almost like a latte since the espresso flavor comes through more subtly than usual.
  • – Dry Cappuccino. This version contains one shot of espresso, a small amount of milk, and topped with a thick layer of milk foam. It’s known as “dry” because it has less milk than the wet or standard cappuccino.
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Pro Tip: If you’re ordering a cappuccino that tastes too close to a latte, order it “on the dry side.” The foam may be a little too creamy; however, it will feel much closer to what you’re looking for. 

Bone Dry Cappuccino 

Finally, you have a bone-dry cappuccino. You may already know where we are heading with this. You’re aware of what a wet version consists of as well as a dry one. The next step after these two is the bone-dry version. 

So, once and for all – what is a bone-dry cappuccino?! It’s essentially an extra dry cappuccino and is made with an espresso shot and a very thick layer of milk foam. That’s it! It doesn’t require any milk, hence the name “bone dry.”

Why not just have a shot of espresso if you don’t want milk in your cup? Many people prefer the texture and taste of foam over milk. Others believe that the thick foam keeps coffee hot for longer. And some people may not have a clear reason. They just love the way it tastes. 

Whatever the reason for a bone-dry cappuccino, if your friend asks you to make one, you’ll know how to make one confidently after reading this guide.

How to Make the Perfect Bone Dry Cappuccino 

You won’t believe how easy it is to make the ideal bone-dry cappuccino. It can be made in 4 easy steps. Here’s how:

Step 1: Steam the Milk

Start by taking a cup of milk, pouring it into a saucepan, and allowing it to simmer at low heat. You’ll start to see bubbles forming at the sides. This is good and a great time to pull it off the heat. You don’t want to let it go to a full-blown boil otherwise your milk will get too hot and affect the overall taste and texture of your drink. So, the moment you see these small bubbles forming, take the pan away from the heat.

Step 2: Froth the Milk

After the milk has been steamed, start whipping it with a whisk or frother. When you see foam starting to appear, increase the speed until you get as much foam as you want. Once it reaches the volume you want, set the foam aside.

Step 3: Brew the Espresso

It is time to prepare the espresso using your favorite espresso machine. Be sure that you measure your coffee grounds and use 6 ounces of water for every two tablespoons of coffee. Once your espresso is ready to go, you’re ready to prepare your dry cappuccino.

Step 4: Add the Foam

Since you don’t need any milk to make a bone-dry cappuccino, you can now combine all your ingredients. Grab a mug and fill it with 2/3 of coffee and top it off with the thick foam.

And there you have it! A perfectly crafted bone-dry cappuccino.

Final Thoughts 

We hope this article has piqued your interest in attempting to make your very own bone dry cappuccino. It’s a variant of the standard cappuccino minus the milk. So now, if your friend ever comes over and asks for a bone dry cappuccino, you’ll know exactly what they’re referring to, and you can let your knowledge flow like a true barista!