A cappuccino is a milk-based coffee drink that comes from Italy. It is made from espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam.

Cappuccinos come in different varieties, depending on the type of milk that is used in the drink.

If you haven’t had the chance to try a cappuccino yourself, you might wonder if it’s a sweet drink.

Quick Answer: Are cappuccinos sweet?

Cappuccinos are generally not considered to be sweet drinks. If you use more milk and less espresso, they tend to be sweeter because the sweetness of the milk makes the cappuccino sweet.

Are Cappuccinos Sweet? Everything You Need to Know

There are many ways to make a cappuccino at home, including different ways to sweeten it.

By reading this article, you’ll have all the information about one of the best drinks: the cappuccino.

What is a cappuccino?

A cappuccino is a coffee-based drink that is composed of one-third espresso, one-third steamed milk, and one-third foam. It is usually served in a cappuccino cup.

Homemade cappuccino.

A cappuccino is made by adding espresso to steamed milk and then topping it with foam. The foam can be made by either using a steam wand on an espresso machine or by using an automatic frother.

The milk is then sprinkled with cocoa powder or cinnamon and sometimes also with sugar.

I’ll get into detail about the different ways you can finish your cappuccino a bit further down.

Tip: You can learn how to make a cappuccino in just five minutes by checking out this article.

What should a cappuccino taste like?

When it comes to taste, a cappuccino should be rich and full-bodied with a slightly sweet flavor.

The espresso should be bold and present, while the milk should be creamy and smooth. The foam should be light and airy, adding just the right amount of texture to the drink.

Dusting a cappuccino with cinnamon.

Overall, a cappuccino should be well-balanced with each element so that neither overpowers the other.

Tip: You can check out this article for six different ways to froth milk at home.

Some people also like to add a dusting of cocoa powder or cinnamon for extra flavor. More on this below:

What is the powder put on top of cappuccinos?

The powder is typically cocoa powder, though other spices like cinnamon can be used as well. It is there to give the cappuccino a bit of flavor and to add a little bit of decoration on top.

Cocoa powder is typically added to cappuccinos at the time of preparation, though some establishments may keep a shaker of cocoa powder on hand for customers to add themselves.

Cocoa powder in a small bowl.

The amount of cocoa powder used can vary depending on your preference, especially when making a cappuccino at home.

Ground cinnamon is often added to cappuccinos around the holidays, as it pairs well with the Christmas flavors of nutmeg and vanilla.

However, depending on your preference, it can be added at any time of year. It is generally best to add ground cinnamon to cappuccinos immediately before serving.

A small dusting of cinnamon is perfect for most.

Ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks next to each other.

Depending on their sweetness level, some people also like adding a shot of flavored syrup to their cappuccino. More on this below:

How is the sweetness of a cappuccino compared to other drinks?

A cappuccino is not as sweet as other drinks because it is made with espresso, which is a slightly bitter coffee.

Brewed espresso coffee.

Cappuccinos are usually made with steamed milk and foam, so they also have a creamy texture that makes them less sweet than drinks like lattes or mochas.

A latte is slightly sweeter because it has more milk, while an Americano is less sweet because it has no milk and more espresso.

Frappuccinos are the most sugary because they are made with whipped cream and syrup.

I believe that a cappuccino is a perfect drink for people who love to drink strong coffee but also for those who prefer their coffee on the sweeter side.

It’s a nice in-between coffee that suits both parties and can be customized by adding different add-ins to your liking. More on this below:

How can you make a sweeter cappuccino?

There are a few ways to make a sweeter cappuccino. One way is to add sugar syrup to the coffee right after brewing.

Another way is to add sweetened condensed milk or flavored syrups to your cappuccino after it’s been brewed. Experiment and find what works best for you!

In the summertime, drinking an iced cappuccino may be one of the best things to do.

An iced cappuccino is made with cooled espresso coffee, cold foamed milk, and cooled with a bunch of ice:

Iced cappuccino, ready to drink.
Iced cappuccino

You can also add your favorite sugar syrup to the mix and make it taste sweet and a bit more exciting.

Some of my favorite sugar syrups you can enjoy in both a hot and cold cappuccino to make it sweeter are:

You can make all homemade syrups in just a few minutes, and you can make as much as you want.

For example, with the vanilla syrup, you can make a French vanilla cappuccino, which is perfect if you like a slightly sweet cappuccino!

Homemade French vanilla cappuccino.
French vanilla cappuccino

Coffee syrups dissolve easily in hot and cold drinks, but if you want to sweeten a hot cappuccino quickly, you can also add a bit of sugar and give it a quick stir before drinking.


So, are cappuccinos sweet? In a word, yes. However, there are different sweetness levels, and it depends on the person’s preference.

Some people love their cappuccinos super sweet, while others enjoy a more subtle sweetness.

The important thing is that you find what works best for you and your taste buds!

So go ahead and order that cappuccino the next time you’re in your favorite coffee bar, or try your hand at making one yourself.

If you’re a fan of making delicious espresso-based drinks at home, you can check out some more easy-to-make recipes below:

Espresso-based drinks to try

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