So you like your traditional drip coffee with cream and sugar, but you feel like you could be getting something more out of your cafe run. You\u2019ve considered cappuccinos, but you\u2019re not sure they\u2019ll be sweet enough for you.\u00a0\n\n\n\nIn general, cappuccinos are an unsweetened drink. Cappuccinos often taste sweet because of the sugar naturally found in milk, and the rich flavor and thick texture make it feel even sweeter in comparison to drip coffee. \n\n\n\nA well-made espresso beverage can be the perfect step to take your morning to the next level \u2014 it\u2019s worth putting in some time and experimentation to determine which one is right for you.\n\n\n\nHow Sweet Is A Cappuccino?\n\n\n\nGenerally, a cappuccino is one of the less-sweet options among blended espresso beverages, but it should still be significantly sweeter than drip coffee that hasn\u2019t had a lot of sugar and milk added to it.\n\n\n\nTo understand this, we need to dive into how a cappuccino is made. \n\n\n\nHow To Make A Cappuccino\n\n\n\nA cappuccino has three core ingredients and a debatable fourth:\n\n\n\nEspressoSteamed MilkFrothed MilkDark Chocolate Powder (depending on local preference)\n\n\n\nThe first three ingredients should be essentially equal, so you can make a cappuccino with one or two shots of espresso and then match that volume with steamed milk. Top with a layer of milk foam and possibly a sprinkling of chocolate powder.\n\n\n\nSo other than the chocolate powder, a cappuccino doesn\u2019t have any sweeteners added to it. However, milk makes up two-thirds of the drink, and milk has a significant amount of natural sugar. \n\n\n\nIn addition to this natural sweetness, the relatively small amount of liquid in a cappuccino means it has a strong espresso flavor, and the milk foam gives it a richness and thickness that add to the overall experience. \n\n\n\nIn comparison, a latte has a two-to-one ratio of steamed milk to espresso, which means it has significantly more natural sugar, but the espresso taste is masked a little more, and it\u2019s not as thick and creamy.\n\n\n\nDrip coffee has no natural sugar, so you would need to add a significant amount of milk and sugar to make it as sweet as a cappuccino is naturally. \n\n\n\nIs A Cappuccino Healthy?\n\n\n\nFinding the right coffee is always a delicate balance of evaluating ingredients, portion sizes, caffeine content, and taste preference.\n\n\n\nWhile cappuccinos contain significantly more calories than black, drip coffee, for people who like their coffee rich and sweet, cappuccinos provide lower calories than most lattes and don\u2019t require adding additional, possibly unnatural sweeteners. \n\n\n\nMost cappuccinos are a little over 100 calories per cup, and those calories come predominantly from whole milk, which provides a good mix of protein and fat. There are no inherently unhealthy ingredients in a cappuccino, and those calories could help round out a good breakfast and keep you satisfied longer.\n\n\n\nCappuccinos are generally lower in calories than lattes, because they\u2019re made with less milk, and they don\u2019t require the kinds of additional sweeteners often added to drip coffee. However, if you\u2019re the kind of coffee drinker who goes through 4-6 cups a day, those 100 calories will add up fast and you might want to consider some other options.\n\n\n\nHow To Make A Healthy Cappuccino\n\n\n\nIf the whole milk in a traditional cappuccino has too many calories for you, or you prefer to avoid dairy, you can experiment with making a cappuccino with different kinds of milk. Just be ready for some trial and error.\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re concerned about the fat content in whole milk, you can try low-fat milk like 2%, or even fat-free. All of these kinds of milk produce slightly different kinds of foam but a foam that will do the job. What\u2019s more concerning is that the lower the fat content, the thinner the steamed milk portion of the drink will feel and taste. \n\n\n\nIn my opinion, you can get away with making a cappuccino with 2%, but lower fat content than that will produce something that tastes like poorly brewed drip coffee.\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re lactose intolerant, lactose-free milk still has the necessary fat and proteins to create the thickness and foam you would expect in a cappuccino. But again, lean towards whole milk or at least 2%.\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re looking for non-dairy alternatives, soy milk most closely mirrors the protein and fat contents of whole milk and therefore produces a relatively thick cappuccino with a nice foam. Other alternatives like rice milk and almond milk can be used to make a fairly convincing latte but don\u2019t have enough protein to produce the kind of foam you\u2019d expect in a cappuccino. \n\n\n\nWith all of those possibilities, it\u2019s worth experimenting with multiple brands to find what works best for you. However, unless you have a dairy allergy, my recommendation is to enjoy a traditional, whole milk cappuccino in all its glory and then consider lower-calorie coffee options if you need an additional cup. There\u2019s nothing wrong with whole milk, and you\u2019ll get the best cappuccino experience, by far.\n\n\n\nShould You Add Chocolate Powder To A Cappuccino?\n\n\n\nWhile the recipe for a cappuccino is largely agreed on, it\u2019s up for debate whether powdered chocolate should be sprinkled atop the finished drink.\n\n\n\nThis mostly depends on where you\u2019re located and who you\u2019re making a cappuccino for. If your inspiration is Italian cappuccinos, you\u2019ll want to avoid the chocolate, but it\u2019s the standard in plenty of other places like Australia and Britain. In the US it varies from cafe to cafe.\n\n\n\nThat being said, unless you\u2019re considering opening a cafe, you can probably just go with personal preference. Not enough chocolate is added to significantly impact the sweetness or calories of the cappuccino. A light sprinkle just adds a hint of chocolate to the flavor and also makes your drink look a little fancier. Try it both ways and see which works for you.