The Capriccino: a goat milk cappuccino for lactose-intolerant coffee lovers

The traditional coffee-and-milk-foam recipe will now get a new variant fit for lactose-intolerant coffee lovers: the capriccino.

Coffee being one of the most traditional and popular drinks in Italy, the country already boasts a wide array of different coffee drinks. Now there will be another, surprising option, consisting of coffee and steamed goat’s milk, hence the name capriccino (capra is the Italian word for goat). The new coffee drink is aimed at the needs of an ever-increasing lactose-intolerant population.

Lactose intolerance is an impaired ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products, causing abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and other digestive disorders. According to a study published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition the prevalence of lactose intolerance varies from country to country. It is lowest in Scandinavia and Northwest Europe (3-8%), reaching up to 70% in southern Italy, Greece and Turkey. However, only very few cafes and restaurants in Italy cater for customers with these specific needs. A few cafes in the southern Calabria region started offering the goat milk coffee drink drink this Winter.

The possibilities for new combinations are endless. There is also a chocolate version, the cioccaprino, an Italian hot chocolate made with caprine milk. Goat’s milk being a little more expense than cow’s milk, expect the drinks to cost slightly more (around 2 euros instead of 1.20 to 1.50 euros).

Hopefully, this initiative will help develop other alternatives for coffee drinks fit for lactose-intolerant people across the peninsula… and abroad.

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9 thoughts on “The Capriccino: a goat milk cappuccino for lactose-intolerant coffee lovers

  • March 12, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    As a real sufferer of lactose intolerance thought i should warn people. Due to ignorance on the topic I keep hearing things like this and well it’s no solution to real lactose intolerance people!- Goats milk still has lactose in it!!! If you are as sensitive as i am then don’t be fooled just because some people find this alternative good for them since proteins and such like are different to cows milk-making it good for those not exactly lactose intolerant but who probably have some kind of protein allergy or something! So not lactose free at all. You can always hope you have an allergy to cows milk (wish that’s all I had!) so wouldn’t hurt to try it – but remember go by your own gut feeling!! literally!! And if you are unfortunate enough to be lactose intolerant sorry but no ‘Capriccino’ for you…..or me!

  • March 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    What does it taste like? I love good coffee, but I just can’t make myself like the taste of Soy milk so perhaps this is a better option. Maybe I just need to buy some goat’s milk myself to find out.

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