Cappuccino came from Italy to the US around 1945 and is the perfect blend of espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam. Espresso, which has its own day of recognition on November 23rd, is made from the darkest roasted coffee beans. While standard coffee drips through ground beans to extract flavor and aroma, the espresso process is a diferent form of extraction. The beans are ground significantly finer and steam pressure forces hot water through them to produce a more concentrated liquid that is roughly 1/8 the amount that would be produced from the same volume of beans using a drip method. Espresso becomes cappuccino by adding hot milk and milk foam, but there are also many flavors and toppings that can be used to create unique cappuccino recipes.
National Cappuccino Day is celebrated in the U.S. each year on November 8th.