Cappuccino Vs. Espresso Colors In Wood - A History

Interested in knowing what the color "cappuccino" looks like for one or more home improvement projects?

This is what it typically looks like:


A cappuccino is a form of espresso coffee drink which comes from Italy; its composition includes hot water and dark brown colored coffee.

History of Cappuccino

Coffee (cappuccino) got its name name from the color of the hooded robes worn by the believers of the Capuchin order. So, the question of what cappuccino looks like has has an answer which will come from the history of the Capuchin monks and nuns.

The color once called "capuchin" isn't particularly unique; it's red-brown, and in 17th century Europe, capuchin was described as red-brown. The Capuchin monks selected the shape and colour of the hoods and robes and because of this, the red-brown color was named "capuchin".

Cappuccino vs. Espresso

On the other hand, "cappuccino" is a dark brown or chocolate brown color which is traditionally used in fine furniture to make it more attractive.

An espresso is a variant of cappuccino which is also used in furniture — its color is dark brown that nearly appears as black.

This is what espresso typically looks like:


Espresso has shades of reddish hues in direct lighting, and looks like a coffee cup in the direct light with light creamer. Espresso is a coffee, and so this color lies between black and brown, but it’s truly a dark brown color and not to be confused with pure black.

Therefore, people should be conscious about choosing furniture if the seller recommends something labeled "espresso" and claims it's fully black.

There are different reasons why the appearance of espresso can sometimes resemble black.

Espresso furniture in the washroom tends to look like black, but in rooms or hallways where sunlight is present, the reddish tints and brown tones can usually be seen.


To sum up, espresso is a form of cappuccino, which is dark reddish brown in colour. Keep in mind that the exact shade might vary from seller to seller. See the image above.

I hope this helps! 

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