Cappuccino Cup

Description
One of the most common variants of espresso, all named in Italian usage, is a cappuccino, a single shot with a “coat” or hood” like those of Capuchin monks or with a color like the robes of those monks (depending on which version of the story you prefer), with a steamed milk cover. No foam. Customarily, the cup is more like an American coffee cup, though smaller, and the blue rim on this one serves as the target level for the addition of the steamed milk. Other variants now common, even in the American espresso service, are lattes (café au lait in French, café con leche in Spanish) where a single shot is covered in 6-8 ounces of steamed milk, then with foam. There are, however, as many variations as possible, made with differing amounts and varieties of coffee, and the additions of milk, foam, flavored syrups, liqueurs.
Object Name
coffee cups
coffee cups with saucers
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 14.605 cm
overall: 2 3/4 in x 4 in x 3 1/4 in; 6.985 cm x 10.16 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
2012.0124.02
catalog number
2012.0124.02
accession number
2012.0124
subject
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food
Food Culture
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.