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Bone Dry Cappuccino – What’s the Hype Around this Coffee?

Bone Dry Cappuccino – What’s the Hype Around this Coffee?

Have you ever had a bone dry cappuccino?

If not, you’re missing out on the full experience.

I know what you’re thinking: how can it be dry with all that milk?

Well, when I say “bone dry” I mean to leave the espresso beans in for as long as possible and let them slowly extract until they are completely gone.

This creates a stronger flavor without any distractions from cream or sugar.

Once your taste buds have adjusted, this is one of the best ways to enjoy coffee.

In this blog post, I’ll give you a rundown of what it is and how to make the perfect bone dry cappuccino.


What is Cappuccino?

Most people are familiar with the cappuccino.

The traditional drink features espresso, steamed milk, and a layer of milk foam.

Cappuccino is a coffee beverage traditionally from Italy that has risen in popularity around the world.

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Cappuccino Variants

Wet Cappuccino

A wet cappuccino is typically made in the way of a regular cappuccino.

The only thing to watch out for is that you don’t want it too wet or too dry.

On the other hand, when you order one it is traditionally not very wet and is instead left up to how the customer would like it.


Dry Cappuccino

Dry cappuccino is a coffee drink that has more milk than espresso.

It’s the opposite of a wet cappuccino, which is what you would get if you ordered an iced latte or milkshake instead of your usual morning Joe.

The term dry can also refer to how the foam on top was cut back as well so it had little air in it because there wasn’t much “froth”.


Bone Dry Cappuccino

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A bone dry cappuccino, which I mentioned earlier, goes against tradition and leaves out all milk and sometimes cream as well.

You can still add sugar if you want, but many people enjoy this type of drink because it allows for a more pure taste of coffee beans.

The idea behind bone dry cappuccinos is that less fat in the milk allows the espresso to be more potent.

This type of drink is closer in taste and texture to a shot of espresso than it would be if you were drinking an iced cappuccino or something like that.

And, because it’s so strong, this coffee can serve as breakfast on those mornings where caffeine might not do the trick.

The amount of steamed milk varies from barista-to-barista but should never exceed 50% for any given order–if you want cream there are ways around that too!

It also goes without saying that no sugar will ever touch these coffees either.

Instead, customers have plenty of choices when added extras come into play such as flavored syrups or whipped cream topping off your drink.


What Does a Bone Dry Cappuccino taste like?

A bone dry cappuccino is a bit different than what you may be used to.

The espresso taste comes through very strong, but without any distractions from cream or sugar.

The drink smells more like the beans and tastes as if you’re drinking it straight out of the filter basket in your coffee maker.

It’s not for everyone, because some people don’t enjoy this type of tasting experience – they want their drinks sweetened up with milk instead.

But when someone does come around to trying one (usually after being convinced by an experienced barista), they usually become hooked on them — at least enough so that they’ll order one again next time!


How Much Milk is in a Bone Dry Cappuccino?

The milk in a bone dry cappuccino is usually kept at the bare minimum.

This means that it’s not as milky or sweet tasting, but has more of an intense aroma and flavor from the coffee beans.

A lot of people are turned off by this because they don’t enjoy drinking black coffees like espresso, which have less sugar than other types of drinks (such as lattes).

But if you’re looking for something different without all those additional ingredients, then give a bone dry cappuccino  a try!

Most baristas will put anywhere between one to two ounces into these drinks – unless someone specifically asks for three or four ounces.

If you want to add more creaminess though, there is a way to do so without changing the flavor.

This is done by pouring a dollop of milk on top before you begin steaming it, or adding some froth after the drink has been prepared.

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How do I order a Starbucks dry bone cappuccino?

To order a Starbucks bone dry cappuccino, you’ll need to specify that it’s going to be extra-dry.

This is because even the regular coffee drinks are already fairly watered down so they don’t taste as strong and pure.

Pro Tip: If you want to really up the ante and get a super dry coffee drink, order an Americano.

You’ll have to specify that it’s going to be extra-dry again for this one as well so they know not to top your espresso with any steamed milk or frothed milk if you choose not to add them in yourself!

How to Make a Bone-Dry Cappuccino

Bone dry cappuccinos are usually made at home with an espresso machine, which can be bought in a variety of different types.

However, if you do not have access to this machine and just want to try one for the first time, then you can make one at home without any equipment.


  • Espresso shots/coffee beans
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Milk (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. Brew coffee as you normally do (make it to your liking) by putting the desired amount of grounds into a filter or filter basket.
  2. Add sugar and milk as needed, but don’t use too much because that will dilute the taste.
  3. After brewing is complete, pour espresso shots/coffee beans onto a tamped down espresso tamper.
  4. Continue reading “What does a bone dry cappuccino taste like?” for detailed instructions on frothing up milk foam.)
  5. Steam and heat until an even brown color develops in the crema at the top of your drink – this tells you when it’s done steaming! This should take anywhere from 20 seconds up to two minutes depending on how strong you want it.
  6. When you’re done steaming, pour espresso shots/coffee beans into a cup and add whipped cream if desired.

Pro Tips in Making a Great Bone-Dry Cappuccino

  1. Don’t add any milk to an espresso shot, or it will become a latte.
  2. Be careful when you’re using pre-ground coffee beans because they are often of poorer quality than whole beans and can taste flat if there is too much water used in the brewing process.
  3. Add sugar after steaming your drink for best results – this way, you’ll have dissolved particles that won’t give off gritty “grittiness” during your first sip!
  4. Use a steaming pitcher or mug to steam your milk for this drink.
  5. Add froth on top of the finished espresso shot, but not too much because it will affect how strong and pure the taste is!
  6. Add whipped cream and serve – it’s the perfect amount of sweetness if you want to add some!

Also Read: Hate Coffee? 10 Best Coffee for People Who Don’t Like Coffee


I’m not sure you’ll find a better drink in the world.

Bone dry cappuccinos are such an interesting and unique coffee drink that they’re worth trying at least once.

The way it’s prepared is unlike any other espresso-based beverage out there, but don’t take my word for it–give one of these innovative drinks a try for yourself!

Also Read: Latte vs. Cappuccino: What’s the Difference?

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ABC is the proud owner and passionate content writer at CuppaBean. She is an ex-professional barista (these days a pro-home-barista on her Rancilio Silvia), and a self-admitted coffee addict who loves drinking a strong Piccolo, Cortado or Macchiato in the mornings, and occasionally an Affogato in the evening after a special meal.