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Ordering a cappucino drink can be confusing. For the coffee connoisseur, it may seem simple, but most of us don't know the difference between a wet and dry cappucino. Be prepared next time you head to your favorite coffee house, and order the cappucino that you think would suit your taste buds the best.

Traditional Style Cappucino

A traditional cappucino is made up of two shots of strong espresso coffee, a small amount of hot milk and a blanket of foamed milk on top. Cappucinos may be made differently in different coffee shops and can be made however you like, such as adding an extra espresso shot or taking on away depending on how strong you want your coffee. A traditional cappucino drink has enough milk to take the bite from the coffee, but not too much that the drink becomes a latte, which has more milk.

Wet Cappucino

A wet cappucino has the same amount of espresso as the traditional cappucino, but the milk level will vary. When someone orders a cappucino made "wet" this means that they want a little more hot milk poured into the espresso, and a little less steamed foam on top. This is a good option for someone that may want to dilute the strength of the espresso with a more creamy flavor. A wet cappucino is close to what a cafe latte consists of, with just a slight bit of added foam.

Dry Cappucino

A dry cappucino also has the same amount of espresso as the wet and traditional cappucino drinks, but it will have little to no steamed milk poured in with the coffee. Instead, the amount of steamed foam will be increased so that the taste of the coffee will become stronger. A dry cappucino is for someone that doesn't mind the bitter taste of the strong espresso but still enjoys the layer of milky foam on top of the cappucino.

Flavored Cappucino

Customize a cappucino by ordering it flavored. The wet, dry and traditional cappucinos can all be made personalized by adding any type of flavor. These flavorings typically come in bottles and are a syrup consistency that can be poured into the cappucino. Some examples of cappucino flavoring are mocha, vanilla, caramel and mint. Powdered cocoa or sugar can be sprinkled on the foam

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Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.