Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

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A really good cup of cappuccino is such a delight after a good meal. I normally order a cappuccino after a meal in an Italian restaurant. Hey, cappuccinos are good any time of day.

What is a cappuccino?
According to Nescafe, A cappuccino is the perfect balance of espresso, steamed milk and foam. This coffee is all about the structure and the even splitting of all elements into equal thirds. An expertly made cappuccino should be rich, but not acidic and have a mildly sweet flavoring from the milk.

The espresso flavor, as the base of a cup of cappuccino, is more intense than regular coffee. However, the dilution of the espresso by foamed milk will significantly lessen that flavor. High-quality drip coffee will usually be robust in flavor, but balanced and smooth.

A lot of people I’ve encountered have often asked what the difference is between cappuccino and latte.

Both are espresso based. How many shots of espresso depends on how strong you want it to be when ordering one of these espresso-based drinks from your favorite coffee café or shop.

There are 3 components that make up these drinks, milk, milk foam, and espresso. The ratio of foam to milk is the key in determining the difference between the beverages. Latte is mostly milk with a touch of foam, Cappuccino has a more concentrated coffee flavor and a larger amount of foam.

So now that we have a bit of knowledge on these lovely beverages, how about taking a ride through Ocean County to find some of the best places to grab a cup of cappuccino. By the way, I prefer a cappuccino to a latte.

  • Divi Tree Coffee - 2615 Bridge Ave, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

    Baked goods, breakfast, and a nice cup of cappuccino right on Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant. Winner of a couple of WRAT Shore Awards for Best Coffee Shop.

  • Revolutionary Lounge & Cafe - 1256 Indian Head Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755

    I wandered into this place after shopping at Ollie’s. The insane selection of hot drinks was very appealing. I have been back a couple of times since. You can grab some food or baked goodies, vegan or non-vegan and a nice cappuccino.



  • Spire Coffeehouse - 1922 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753

    Located in the Shoppes at Hooper, Spire is a great addition to this part of town. An amazing selection of hot and cold beverages in a very welcoming space. They serve a killer cup of award-winning coffee, so my guess is the cappuccino is tops. Today, the cappuccino is 50% off. Enjoy National Cappuccino Day.


  • Lava Java House - 500 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735

    There’s so much to love about Lava Java! The cool specialty drinks, the delicious food, especially the breakfast sandwiches, and of course the cappuccino!

  • How You Brewin Coffee Company - 8 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008

    It’s some of the best coffee on the Island! Chris got it right with his great review: Excellent coffee, excellent atmosphere, and good food too! Don’t sleep on How You Brewin; their already excellent coffee paired with their delicious selection of breakfast and lunch makes for an exceptional experience. A great place to stop in for a quick cup or to set a laptop up and get some work done. Try it if you haven’t! Don’t forget the cappuccino.

    How You Brewin® Coffee Company

    A full service coffee house and coffee bar with locations in Barnegat Light and Surf City, New Jersey, in addition to an extensive online store featuring coffee beans and merchandise for purchase.

  • Due-Back - 14 Central Ave, Island Heights, NJ 08732

    This is an adorable hidden gem is a take-out place with a mid- century vibe. Their coffee is locally and ethically sourced. They have all the popular drink choices along with some unique specialty hot and cold beverages. You can enjoy your beverage and baked goods on one of the benches outside the shop.


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