What is a Starbucks cappuccino (What is in Starbucks cappuccino, how to make Starbucks cappuccino, how to order Starbucks Cappuccino + more FAQs)

If you crave to know much more about the Cappuccino that Starbucks offers, this is the review for you. By the end of it, you will have an exclusive answer to your question, “what is a Starbucks cappuccino?”

As a coffee lover in the United States, whenever it comes to Cappuccinos, Starbucks stands out for me. Over decades, more times than I breathe, I have ordered cappuccino from the Starbucks store and I get the exact satisfaction I am craving. Frequently coming up with improvements and widening its range of products, it has stood out from its competitors by far. If I was in a commercial, I would do it for them for free.

The Starbucks Cappuccino is an espresso drink made with 1 to 2 shots of espresso and frothed milk. Originating from Italy, it is one part espresso, one part steamed milk, and one part foam. It comes in different variations, sometimes with very frothy milk and chocolate powder cinnamon toppings. However, any other alterations to the original version of the drink depend on your preference.

What is Starbucks cappuccino made of (ingredients)?

The Starbucks Cappuccino is made with coffee espresso, and steamed milk and the top layer of the drink has foamed milk. Depending on the size of the cup, the combination of these ingredients will vary.

Served in a grande (16 fl oz), this cappuccino traditionally has 2% milk, and 2 shots of espresso.

Additionally, the Starbucks Cappuccino has 120 calories, 4g fat, and 10g sugar which makes it a relatively healthy drink to sip on. For flavors and sweeteners, you can decide to add syrups for your most desired taste or even sugar if you have an extra sweet tooth.

What is the nutritional information of Starbucks cappuccino?

What is the nutritional information of Starbucks cappuccino?

As earlier indicated, one serving of the Starbucks Cappuccino has 120 calories on average, 36 of which come from fat. From one cup, you will get fat, carbs, and protein. This combination is a guarantee of a whole drink in the Starbucks Cappuccino. The specific amounts of these components however change with changes in the cup size.

Below is a table detailing the Nutritional contents of the Starbucks Cappuccino (grande);

Content Amount
Total fat;

Saturated Fat



Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 100mg






Protein 8g

The grande Starbucks Cappuccino cup is 289g in total weight. From the combination above, this cappuccino is low in cholesterol and sodium.

Proteins, carbohydrates, and fat take a percentage of 28%, 41%, and 31% respectively to make it complete.

How to make Starbucks cappuccino at home (recipe)?

Very few things beat the joy of being able to make your best drink at home. While it saves time and money visiting the Starbucks store, the Starbucks Cappuccino is an easy-to-make beverage that would take you not more than ten minutes to brew at home.

In the entire process, you will need;

  • 1 shot of espresso (One Coffee capsule)
  • 150 ml semi-skimmed milk (Milk whose fat is removed from the whole milk)
  • Chocolate chips, a pinch of cinnamon (but all this is optional depending on your liking)


Step 1: Brew one shot of espresso (You can use a single-origin Colombia by the Nespresso machine made with one capsule or a 10g roast and ground coffee with 45ml water. You also can get the “Pike Place Roast” coffee from any Starbucks outlet)

Step 2: Froth the already warmed milk. (You can opt to use any milk of your choice)

Step 3: Empty the espresso shot into your best Mug.

Step 4: Time to add your frothed milk. The more the froth in this, the better. You can stretch and get 50% milk and froth of the same percentage for better results.

Step 5: At this point, the cappuccino we already have in step 4 is delicious and ready to take. But if you want to fancy up your Cappuccino, then you can either add chocolate chips or a pinch of cinnamon to make it even better. Sprinkle your additive or flavor of choice over the top. Though this is optional.

Your Cappuccino is ready to sip and savor as you enjoy your favorite TV show at home.

What does Starbucks cappuccino taste like?

What does Starbucks cappuccino taste like?

The Starbucks cappuccino tastes more like coffee than any other ingredient in the drink. It has a distant bitter taste owing to the shots of espresso. There’s a natural sweetness it comes from the lactose present in the milk used; frothed and the foam. For someone with a sweet tooth, you can always flavor this cappuccino with sugar, syrups, and other additives of choice. Note however that what differentiates the Starbucks Cappuccino from other coffee beverages is the bitter sweet taste. For instance, the latte is so close to the Cappuccino but has more milk, making it creamier and tastier. Traditionally, the bitter taste holds its authenticity.

How do you order a cappuccino from Starbucks?

Ideally, when ordering a cappuccino at Starbucks, you will start by stating the size of the drink, the Temperature, and the name of the drink, followed by any amendments you would like to be made beyond the drink’s default. Starbucks has different cup sizes, from 6 to 20 ounces of the Cappuccino. A grande (16 ounces) is the average size of all the cups for one serving. An order like “A grande, iced Cappuccino topped with cinnamon” would get you a cup of the Starbucks Cappuccino.

Also note that when making the order, you can use the Starbucks app or even order physically at Starbucks in-store.

FAQ Section

1. Can you make a cappuccino using a Nespresso or Keurig?

Yes, you can, in five simple steps. You will need to select a coffee capsule for the Nespresso or Keurig, make your espresso, froth the milk and then combine it with your espresso. You will have your Cappuccino.

2. Why don’t Italians drink cappuccinos after 11 AM?

Cappuccinos like every other coffee-based drink are considered only for breakfast in Italy. This is because Italians believe the milk present in the cappuccinos is considered a replacement for a meal(as well as other dairy products). They also believe that the dairy in cappuccinos upsets digestion. That is why this drink is discouraged after 11, too late in the morning, o even after a meal.

3. What is the difference between a latte and a cappuccino?

While the cappuccino has an evenly distributed espresso, foamed and steamed milk, a latte has more steamed milk and a very light layer of foam. This makes a latte a lot creamier and sweeter. A cappuccino is also layered while in a latte, all the ingredients are mixed, that is the espresso and the steamed milk.

4. Is the cappuccino from Starbucks sweet?

The Starbucks cappuccino is not traditionally sweet. It has a bitter-sweet taste from the shots of espresso. However, you can add any of the signature Starbucks Syrups to make it sweeter. You can even sweeten it with sugar if you so, please. It is important to note that adding sugars will write off the traditional Cappuccino experience. Coffee is known to be bitter

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