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The Daily Meal< reports that while "the cappuccino, one of the most classic espresso beverages, has been a mainstay on the Starbucks menu since 1986," the company seems to be slowly phasing it out. The drink no longer is on the menu boards of many Starbucks locations, though one can still order it.

The reason? Well, it ends up that many locations have conflated the latte and the cappuccino. A latte is "one part espresso with two parts steamed milk, but a cappuccino combines equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk." And, when "the flat white drink, of Australian origin, was added earlier this year, it made things even more complicated."

Starbucks spokespeople say that the cappuccino "will appear on menus later this year when menu boards begin to change again. According to Starbucks, menu boards switch out at least six to seven times a year, which explains the cappuccino no-show."
KC's View:
Two things.

One, I think the willingness to put aside, even temporarily, a drink that one might consider foundational to the company is a sign of corporate maturity. No sacred cows! (Remember the Mark Twin admonishment: "Sacred cows make the best hamburger.")

Two...it is sort of interesting that Starbucks' solution to the conflation of two drinks is to delist one of them, as opposed to working to get the training right.