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The Bone Dry Cappuccino Explained!

The Bone Dry Cappuccino Explained!

Have you ever heard of a bone dry cappuccino? It’s not as well-known as its milkier counterpart, but it definitely packs a punch in terms of flavor!

The bone dry cappuccino is made with espresso and foam. Unlike the traditional cappuccino that has lots of steamed milk, this drink only contains about 1/3 cup of foamed milk. This means less fat and fewer calories than the standard version! Plus, it’s much easier to make since you don’t have to steam or froth any milk at all.

If you love coffee drinks but are trying to cut back on your calorie intake, then this might be just what you need! You can enjoy an amazing beverage without feeling guilty about how many calories are in it. And if you want something even more indulgent, try adding some chocolate syrup for an extra treat!

Read on to learn more about the bone dry cappuccino on Golden Sin!

What is a cappuccino?

A cappuccino is an espresso-based coffee that has 3 equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and steamed foam. When the cappuccino was made in the right way, you’ll see from top to bottom: foam, milk, and espresso, all in equal parts.

You have different types of cappuccinos.

Types of cappuccino

We divide the cappuccinos in 4 categories based on the amount of milk and milk foam.


This is what we call the classic cappuccino.

This coffee drink is made with 1/3 cup espresso, 1/3 cup steamed milk, and 1/3 cup foamed milk .

This is what you get when you order a cappuccino at coffee shops.

You can tweak and adjust these equal parts of espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk. You’ll have variants of the classic cappuccino.


The wet cappuccino is, as the name suggest, more wet than the classic cappuccino.

More wet implies more milk. The amount of espresso is the same, but it has more milk than frothed milk. This one will be closer to a latte coffee because of the higher amount of milk.


On the other side of the cappuccino spectrum, we have the dry cappuccinos.

As the name suggests, it’s drier and has less milk compared to the classic cappuccino. There’s more foam than milk. This one is closer to an espresso macchiato than a latte.

Bone Dry

The Bone Dry cappuccino is the extra version of the Dry cappuccino. There’s literally no steamed milk in it. It’s just the espresso with a large layer of the foamed milk on top.

It can be a welcome change to order one of these cappuccino-variants to increase your knowledge and try these variants to broaden your coffee experience.

What is a Bone Dry Cappuccino exactly?

A bone dry cappuccino is very dry variant of the classic cappuccino.

A classic cappuccino exists of 3 equal parts of espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk.

The bone dry cappuccino has no steamed milk and just has a large layer of foamed milk on top. This version of the cappuccino is closer to the espresso macchiato than a latte (wet cappuccino).

The bone dry cappuccino can be a welcome change to a regular espresso with the lovely texture of the foam. It has also less calories than a regular cappuccino because of the milk that’s not there.

They’re a great alternative to regular espressos and macchiatos and other espressobased drinks. With less milk, you’ll have less calories in your drink, the rich texture of the foam gives you a full experience, while keeping the calories fairly low.

Another great benefit of the rich and thick layer of foam, is the possibility of performing latte art. Always a nice view when someone’s making this when eating out with the family!

How to make a Bone Dry Cappuccino at home

Making one at home isn’t that hard really!

Before we start, we say that you’ll need a good espresso machine! Don’t go for a budget espresso machine. Why? You’ll want to have a built-in steam wand. If you don’t have it, you can use other alternatives like the microwave, saucepan and so on. You don’t want your milk to boil. Having a steam wand can definitely make your life easier here!

  • Start with steaming your milk. You can do this with the built-in steam wand from your espresso machine. It’s always good to have a bit extra milk.
  • Next, you’ll want to create foam. You can do this with your built-in steam wand or your milk frother. Collect your foam in a separate cup or pitch.
  • Start to prepare your espresso shot and put it into your cup. Make sure your cup isn’t cold. After all, we want our brew to be very warm and give it some time to cool down. A cold cup speeds up this process. Don’t let your coffee sit out!
  • You can finish your cup with a nice and thick layer of foam on top of it. If you want, you add other sweeteners like honey, chocolate, cinnamon, and so on…

What’s the difference between a bone dry cappuccino and a dry cappuccino?

One word: no milk! A classic cappuccino consists of 3 equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk.

A dry cappuccino has less milk and a bonedry cappuccino simply doesn’t have any steamed milk. The espresso shot is finished with a thick and creamy layer of foam.

What are the benefits of bonedry cappuccino vs regular coffee?

We’d say that the biggest benefit is that you’ll have a great layer of foamed milk on top of your coffee, assuming that your regular coffee is black. It will give you a full experience, while keeping the number of calories fairly low.

What does a bone dry cappuccino taste like?

Bone dry cappuccinos have a stronger and more bitter taste. It’s close to regular espresso but enriched with a thick layer of milk foam. The addition of this milk foam gives it a fuller experience.

If it’s too bitter, you can add sweeteners to it. Be warned that, if you add milk to it, it simply won’t be a bonedry cappuccino anymore, but a dry cappuccino. If 1/3rd is steamed milk, it will be a classic cappuccino.

What’s the difference between a bone dry cappuccino and a macchiato

The macchiato, we refer to the espresso macchiato, the one that’s “marked” with milk. It contains not a lot of foam. That’s where the big differences is with milk and foam. A bone dry cappuccino doesn’t have any milk and a lot of foamed milk.


If you’re looking for a change from your regular cup of drip coffee, go for a great bone dry cappuccino.

You’ll have a great mouthful experience with the thick layer of milk foam on top. You can make great latte-art with this coffee.

If it’s still too bitter, add some sweeteners. You can add milk to it, but you’ll have a dry cappuccino instead.

Enjoy your coffee!