Cappuccino Day

Day 8 - #WorldWatercolorGroup National Cappuccino Day cup and saucer with spoon

While all eyes are on the election results here in the States this evening, it also happens to be Cappuccino Day. Last year, on this day, I was celebrating Harvey Wallbanger Day, which seems a more appropriate drink for getting through the impending circus tonight. So much of the previous weeks leading up to this day have just made me sad for this country. With so much hate being encouraged in the past few months, perhaps a little 2-color doodlewash of cappuccino with latte art in the form of a heart is just the right thing to offset it. If not, it’s at least something that can help keep us all awake while awaiting the final results. But I do enjoy a good cappuccino, and the little heart is a symbol that makes me happy. A tiny little cup of love to warm the soul. And that’s definitely something I can happily support today.

While cappuccinos have been around since the early 1900’s in Italy, there wasn’t a surge in popularity here in America until the upscale coffeehouse boom of the 1990’s. That said, it’s more of a breakfast drink in Italy, and espressos are the more popular any time of the day drink. Despite the surge of artisinal coffee brewers and a new Starbucks popping up on every corner here, most Americans prefer to drink bad coffee. Convenience is king and grinding beans and waiting for a pot to slowly drip into a carafe simply takes too much time.  While the market for superior whole bean coffee has barely grown over the last decade, the market for ground coffee is rising fast. Much of this is in the form of coffee pods which have exploded in sales, growing at more than 30 percent each year. It’s “bad” coffee, but it comes with the promise of immediate gratification.

I’m not entirely sure when we all started moving so quickly, but somewhere along the line we’ve failed to notice when the coffee just wasn’t good anymore. Maybe it was all the flavorings, milk and sugar that were marketed to help disguise the real taste. But a truly good cup of coffee has become something rather rare here. Although finding the best seems to be a difficult equation, it’s never too difficult to at least know when one is better. I’ll take a better cup of coffee any day over one that’s certainly inferior. Perhaps it’s just because I live in a highly populated city that I have this level of understanding. I have more options here and more exposure to what’s really available in the world. On this Cappuccino Day, my expectations are not terribly high. I just don’t want to be served bad coffee. And I’m hopeful that it’s going to be a day to celebrate after all.

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Sennelier L’Aquarelle:  Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 8 - #WorldWatercolorGroup National Cappuccino Day cup and saucer with spoon
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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
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39 Comments
  1. Bernadine 8 months ago

    Ooo, this looks so good I want to drink it. Do you just paint and draw and make food come to life because your artwork always looks so delicious 😋. (In a good way). 😊😊

    • Author

      Awww thanks, Bernadine! 😃💕 Painting and drawing is the only way I know how to “cook” … hehe… I’m rubbish in an actual kitchen! lol

  2. Susan Feniak 8 months ago

    Yum Charlie! As a Canadian all I can do is sit back and watch and hope the right decision is made tonight. Fingers crossed for the future.

  3. Anya 8 months ago

    Such a comforting drawing, Charlie! And ditto on searching for best coffee!

  4. Christina Record 8 months ago

    Your post made me very happy! I never turn down a good cup of coffee. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, and love the heart!

  5. Jodi 8 months ago

    beautiful painting while I am biting my nails this evening!

    • Author

      Thanks, Jodi! 😃💕 Yeah… I woke up to a terrifying America today for Philippe and I. Well… didn’t actually sleep at all really.

      • Jodi 8 months ago

        I know. Shocking. Stunned.

  6. Business and Beyond 8 months ago

    Nice artwork you’ve got there! Is it oil pastel?

  7. callmetrav 8 months ago

    I can taste the cappuccino you’re making. Lol. Great drawing

  8. YesterdayAfter 8 months ago

    So good Charlie! I love the heart into the foam of this lovely cappuccino wonderfully done! A cup sounds great right now! 😉 <3

  9. GeorgieMoon 8 months ago

    Who doesn’t love a freshly made cappuccino? I just have one occasionally as a special treat. I hope the election result goes the way you wanted.

    • Author

      Thanks, Georgie! 😃💕 Glad you liked this. And nope… things got super terrifying for people like me here. Hoping for the best, while planning for the worst.

  10. Daal 8 months ago

    It’s lovely to take a moment to relax into your pretty sketch on this tense election day…

  11. I can see why you all needed coffee tonight, takes me back to brexit! Your cuppa with a cute heart could never be a bad cup of coffee 😀

  12. Birgit Winter 8 months ago

    Looks so delicious I can nearly smell the coffee:-)

  13. Andrea R Huelsenbeck 8 months ago

    I’m going with Harvey Wallbangers.

    Nice cappuccino, by the way.

  14. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 8 months ago

    Beautifully painted, Charlie, as are all your Doodlewashes, but not worth the $5 it often costs. Brown sugar disguised as coffee, pretty to look at, but not pretty on your tongue.

  15. Love you Charlie! Just wanted to let you know. We are all in the realm of destroyed. We just have to hope for the best, try and tell ourselves a better story about the future than the one we imagine for ourselves right now. It’s all we can do, right? That and make art. Thanks for your beautiful painting, friend. Stay wonderful, Charlie. Hugs to P&P. 💜💙

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Much love to you my friend! We’re living in a wild time of complete unknowns, it’s scary… and yet, all you can do is hope your worst nightmare was really only that and nothing real in the end. But most definitely we MUST make art!! That’s the best way to fight anything!!! 💜💜😃

  16. Laurence 8 months ago

    I hope in France, you had some good coffee fresh made in a café. Personnaly, I don’t drink coffee (nor milk) even I was born near the north part of France (Amiens in Picardie) were coffee is a lot more popular than in the south of the country. I drink tea a lot and chimical cappuccinos bought all done in boxes (call me weird !). About your country future about your style of life for example, in case, Paris is always a good idea ;)) Thank you Charlie for your beautiful paints and your stories.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Laurence! 😃💕 Although France is indeed an option for us, I hate the idea of being run out of my own country. hehe… If we do leave, I want it to simply be our decision. And yes to fresh coffee… I did have some while there. But also yes to tea… I love that as well. We have a little cup each evening!

  17. snigdhadotcom 8 months ago

    Soooooo goood!!!!!!!!

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