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    Okay...so heres a question. Why do Australian cappuccinos get served typically with a domed surface? You know what Im talking about...Ive seen many photos of cappuccinos made in the UK and USA and none have the distinctive "domed" surface.

    Is this just as Aussie as dusting the drink with as much choccie powder as we can?

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    Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

    A former work colleague of mine used to joke with the bloke from the takeaway shopabout his capps not being high enough.
    So one afternoon Con made one that stood a good inch and a half or more above the top of the paper cup.

    And at lunch today someone across the room of the cafe I was in had a cup with a maountain of frost liberally dusted with chocolate. A work of art.
    Ive never a tried a coffee there so therell be no report on the taste.

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    • #3
      Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

      Hahahaha....I used to work at a place where a customer LOVED froth. So we spooned on froth literally 1.5 to 2 inches above the cup.

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        What I find interesting is that theres very little difference between our flat white, latte and cappuccino. Theyre more or less usually a single espresso in a 7oz vessel.

        In the US, some places seem to do a 5oz single shot latte in ceramic, which they call a cappuccino and their latte is a 12oz drink in a ceramic cup.

        In italy, the caps that I had were also about 5oz, but the foam was much drier. I liked the way that they just left the chocolate shakers on the bar and let you decide if you wanted any. There were some interesting bigger drinks; I seem to remember what looked like 12oz lattes in glass. The "latte macchiato" was very interesting; foamed milk with a shot thrown in it after, so that the milk and the coffee didnt mix that much. Some places even used moka pot coffee instead of espresso.

        ... so I think that the international cappuccino is a lot closer to what one expects in a barista competition.

        I propose that we do away with glass or duralex, call the 7oz cup a latte and have 5oz cups called cappuccini. Whos with me?!

        Cheers,

        Luca

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          Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

          hahahah...good luck trying to convince the latte sipping drinkers of Australia

          But I can hardly distinguish a cappucino, flat white or latte at many places if they were to be served in the same type of cup.

          The cap would be easiest to distinguish with the choccie powder (virtually everyone uses it and its what people expect). The difference between a flat white and latte if served in the same cup would almost be indistinguishable. I try to make a conscientious effort to serve my flat whites with less froth than lattes (complete with latte art). I guess its because many elderly people order a "flat white" expecting it to be similar to their instant coffee at home (with no froth).

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            Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

            i had the impression that a cappuccino was like a caffe latte but in a cup (as opposed to a glass)?

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            • #7
              Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

              A traditional or classic cappucino is an even mix of espresso, froth and milk.


              Java "Love them caps!" phile
              Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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                Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

                Originally posted by Javaphile link=1172242143/0#6 date=1172303294
                A traditional or classic cappucino is an even mix of espresso, froth and milk.


                Java "Love them caps!" phile
                It would help if it was easy to find small enough cups to actually do that. Im still looking for some nice little cappa cups.

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                  I think (or I hope) the old mountain of froth is gradually losing favour as I see it less and less. Maybe I pick my targets better than I used to. The worst example Ive had in a long time was down in Milawa Vic when I decided to give the local bakery shop a try. BIG MISTAKE. Burnt my tounge and almost choked to death when I spooned a mouthful of chocky dust off the inch high froth into my mouth. That dust is dangerous if you breath it in. ;D

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                  • #10
                    Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

                    Originally posted by steve link=1172242143/0#7 date=1172307474
                    Originally posted by Javaphile link=1172242143/0#6 date=1172303294
                    A traditional or classic cappucino is an even mix of espresso, froth and milk.


                    Java "Love them caps!" phile
                    It would help if it was easy to find small enough cups to actually do that. Im still looking for some nice little cappa cups.
                    Which is probably why you only see them served as doubles. :-?


                    Java "Its a twofer sale!" phile
                    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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                      Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

                      Originally posted by Matt G link=1172242143/0#8 date=1172307637
                      That dust is dangerous if you breath it in.
                      Too right!

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                        Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

                        Originally posted by steve link=1172242143/0#7 date=1172307474
                        Originally posted by Javaphile link=1172242143/0#6 date=1172303294
                        A traditional or classic cappucino is an even mix of espresso, froth and milk.


                        Java "Love them caps!" phile
                        It would help if it was easy to find small enough cups to actually do that. Im still looking for some nice little cappa cups.

                        Have a look here
                        http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1172142485

                        These incasa cappucino cups are a very good size to make caps according to the above rule, and you should be able to do latte art on them too.

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                          Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

                          Being a fanatic (as my better half claims I am) all I can say is....."where the heck can any of us coffee freaks get a decent Cappa or whatever, its always too hot, filled to the top and not able to stir in my one teaspoon of sugar.

                          Yet to find one at right temperature and made with a decent amount of coffee so you taste coffee and not just hot water and milk

                          Oh for good trained personel in all coffee establishments......wishful dreaming :

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                          • #14
                            Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

                            Actually,

                            The best Cappa Ive had away from home was made for me by a young lady in a take-away Italian restaurant in the town shopping centre where we live. I doubt that she would have been out of her teens yet but she was very methodical, studiously scrutinising every step of the process until it was finished; then handed me the Cappa with a look of sincere accomplishment on her face and a terrific smile to go with it. Not quite up to the standard I make here at home but very definitely a cut above all the rest from around here.

                            Unfortunately, the next time I made it into town I discovered that the restaurant had closed down so that was the one and only decent coffee Ive ever had locally.... very disappointing to say the least and the Italian food was very scrumptious too so I dont know what went wrong. Oh well, will have to wait for another establishment to start up and hope for the best....

                            Cheers,
                            Mal.

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                              Re: Aussie Cappuccino vs rest of the world

                              Having just arrived in NZ (auckland) Im getting used to the different terminology here. It varies from shop to shop but sometimes a latte is in a glass (similar to Aus), and sometimes its a big (12oz?) handle-less bowl (reminds me of the opening scene of "So I Married an Axe-Murderer")

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