Cappuccino Cup

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.
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
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
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Food Culture
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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