01-15-14 A Good Start

2014 01-15 A Good Start by Watertown, South Dakota, photographer Scott Shephard

Cappuccino, a morning coffee drink “invented” in Italy, is generally served in an 8 ounce cup and consists of 1/3 espresso, 1/3 hot milk and 1/3 milk foam. In Italy it is a social blunder to order a cappuccino after 10am. And, generally speaking, cappuccino is a drink you sip, not gulp. In America, where gulping is more of a standard, where the size of drinks does seem to matter and where we proudly call our food “fast,” a true cappuccino is somewhat rare. I think that if you received a true cappuccino in a mainstream coffee shop (Starbucks?) you would probably feel cheated.

I certainly didn’t feel cheated when this cup of delicious cappuccino was served to me at a small resort on the island of Hvar in Croatia a few years ago. And, yes, I sipped it – as I enjoyed the view of the little harbor outside the cafe. But I will admit that I ordered a second cup just so I could enjoy the view a little longer.

Canon 5DII 1/200s f/9.0 ISO200 65mm

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