What is a Bone Dry Cappuccino?

With plenty of espresso-based drinks and their variants gaining a surge in popularity, it’s becoming increasingly hard to keep track of the exact way a beverage is supposed to be prepared. In fact, the amount of variety is slowly blurring the lines between different espresso-based drinks.

While there is almost no way that you haven’t heard of a cappuccino before, there is a good chance that you have never heard of a bone dry cappuccino. At this point, you may be thinking that you’ve heard of dry cappuccino before, and it’s not that unusual of a thing to know.

That’s cool, but what if we told you that a dry cappuccino and a bone dry cappuccino are two different things? 

That’s right, a bone dry cappuccino is an entirely different cappuccino variant, where a shot of espresso is topped off with milk foam only. While a dry cappuccino contains some milk, a bone dry cappuccino contains none at all.


As you know, cappuccino is one of the most popular espresso-based drinks in the world. Even someone who isn’t very interested in coffee would most likely know about a cappuccino and order it at the coffee shop.

A classic cappuccino is prepared by adding equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk into a cup. Since most espresso-based drinks revolve around the combination of these three ingredients, it’s possible to find beverages that are quite similar to a cappuccino in terms of feel and taste, such as a latte.

Alongside different drinks that share the same ingredients, it’s also possible to find variants of the same drink that use a different ratio of these ingredients. That being said, due to the similarity of espresso-based drinks, you’ll notice that some variants could be entirely separate drinks of their own or be very similar to different espresso-based beverages.

With that, let’s jump into the classic variants of cappuccino to put this into perspective.

Wet Cappuccino

The first variant we will be talking about is wet cappuccino. As you can tell by the name, a wet cappuccino contains more steamed milk than a regular cappuccino, meaning that the amount of milk foam is less as the increased amount of steamed milk occupies the space that would otherwise be occupied by milk foam.

Since a latte already fits the profile of having a lot of steamed milk and a very thin layer of foam, you may be wondering how a wet cappuccino is any different than a latte. Truth be told, a very wet cappuccino would pretty much be identical to a latte, which is a good example of what we have been talking about earlier.

Dry Cappuccino

As you can imagine, a dry cappuccino is the opposite of a wet cappuccino. In this case, the amount of steamed milk is decreased, and the amount of milk foam is increased, creating a drink with a very thick layer of foam.

If you are someone who enjoys milk foam more than milk itself, a dry cappuccino is a great drink to try.

Bone Dry Cappuccino

Since we have gone over cappuccino and its classic variants, it’s time to get down to our main topic of uncovering what a bone dry cappuccino is in detail.

As we mentioned earlier, a bone dry cappuccino consists only of espresso and a very thick layer of milk foam, with no steamed milk at all. Since one of the three main ingredients of the classic cappuccino is removed to drink, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that this is actually a completely different espresso drink.

While the idea of having milk foam without any steamed milk sounds odd at first, the texture and mouthfeel of milk foam are actually quite enjoyable and also very light.

If you really enjoy the taste of milk foam even though you aren’t a big fan of regular milk, a bone dry cappuccino could be the perfect drink for you.

How to Make a Bone Dry Cappuccino

If you are looking to try a bone dry cappuccino at home, you came to the right place as we will be explaining how to make a bone dry cappuccino step by step in this section.

  1. Start by pulling a shot of espresso into your cup.
  2. Pour a small amount of milk into your pitcher.
  3. If you don’t have access to a milk frother that would also warm your milk at the same time (such as the steam wand of an espresso machine), start by warming the milk on the stovetop and froth your milk with the milk frother. Else, simply skip the step of warming the milk up and go straight ahead to the frothing part. A bone dry cappuccino should have a very thick layer of foam, so froth until the volume increases heavily.
  4. Simply pour the foam on top of the espresso until it fills your cup.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is a wet cappuccino the same as a latte?

Depending on the amount of steamed milk used, a wet cappuccino can indeed be the same as a latte as a cappuccino and a latte both utilize the same ingredients with different amounts.

Can you order a cappuccino without foam?

Cappuccino is inherently a drink that contains milk foam, meaning that you can’t really make cappuccino without it.

That being said, you can go for a wet cappuccino that minimizes the amount of foam to a very thin layer.


While it’s quite odd that a cappuccino variant doesn’t contain one of the three main ingredients of the classic cappuccino, it’s also understandable for a drink to be customized in a way that can be enjoyed by those who don’t really like milk.

Make sure that you give a bone dry cappuccino a chance the next time you make your way to the coffee shop and see whether you like it or not!

Have a great day, and enjoy your coffee!