Now If there’s anything that screams ‘Italian’ more than Fashion, then yes, it must be coffee. You know the Italians are basically the kings of everything right? From the high profiling of Milano and Venice to the south of Sorrento and Pompeii, Italians love showing off unintentionally. It comes natural to them. For all we know they could take out the trash and make it look cool.
Now here’s the fun fact of the day for you, don’t you ever take a sip of your Chino instant and think, where on earth does the word Cappuccino even come from? What the hell is a Cappuccino? What the hell am I even drinking?! Well in the name of God, and in the name of those who named it, we’re all now going to hell.
‘Cappuccino’ takes its name from the Capuchin friars, yes you heard right…friars! Did you know that this drink was actually named after Italian monks?
The color of the espresso mixed with frothed milk was like the colour of the Capuchin robe. The Capuchin friars are members of the larger Franciscan orders of monks, and their order was founded in the 16th century in Italy. The Capuchins were renowned for their missionary work among the poor, as well as their dedication to extreme austerity, poverty, and simplicity.
The Capuchins were also renowned for their dress sense, like we said before, Italians and fashion just work. You could be a shaved bald cat, but if you’re an Italian cat, it’ll still be classed as stylish even though it’s incredibly hideous. The Capuchin friars wore a simple brown robe that includes a long, pointed hood that hangs down the back. The Italian word for this distinctive hood is indeed Cappuccio.
The word was then adopted by the British during the late 1800’s, talk about theft. So next time you make yourself a Chino Cappu-chino (pun of the day), always remember to be thankful to the Capuchin Friars for this worldwide delicious hot beverage.