Do you adore a delicious cappuccino? This small yet strong cup is one of the most famous espresso drinks of all! It stars that right combination of steamed milk, espresso and fluffy foam. (For us, the macchiato tops our list of espresso beverages, but we’ll get to that later!) Guess what? You can brew a barista-quality cappuccino in the comfort of your own home. In our Barista Series, we’re teaching you all the secrets you need to know to make your favourite coffee drinks…homemade! Here’s how to make a cappuccino that states like it’s straight out of an Italian café.
What is a cappuccino, exactly?
A cappuccino is an espresso beverage consisting of steamed milk, foamed milk, and espresso. Similar to a latte (café latte), but with a varied percentage of steamed milk. Here is a comparison of latte and cappuccino:
One-third of each espresso, steamed milk, and foam comprise a cappuccino.
A latte contains one-third espresso, two-thirds steamed milk, and a thin coating of foam on top. Here’s a chart that summarises it!
The flavour variations between the two beverages are rather modest. The cappuccino, however, is the simpler of the two to master at home. A latte requires microfoam, steamed milk with a texture similar to wet paint, which is nearly hard to achieve without an espresso machine. Cappuccino can be created using frothed milk using a variety of instruments, including a whisk.
First, you’ll need espresso!
For a cappuccino, espresso is required; strong coffee will not suffice. Consequently, you will require the following:
Espresso roast coffee: Espresso roast coffee is crucial for achieving the desired bitter, dark flavour. Also, be careful to use a fine grind when preparing espresso.
Espresso machine, manual espresso maker, or Aeropress: There are multiple methods for preparing espresso. We use an espresso machine that is counter-mounted. Or, you may use a small manual espresso maker, which is portable and inexpensive! The cheapest choice is Aeropress, which produces espresso that is not nearly as good but does the job. Go to Aeropress Espresso.
The best milk for a cappuccino
What’s the best milk to use for a cappuccino? Here’s what to know:
- Utilize the freshest milk possible! Close to its expiration date, milk produces less froth. We have learned this the hard way!
- Which milk is ideal for a cappuccino? Whole milk. Whole milk produces the nicest froth since it has the most milk fat.
- Also acceptable is 2% milk. It functions reasonably well, but the richness is diminished somewhat.
- Use oat milk for a vegan cappuccino. Oat milk is the greatest nondairy milk to use since it produces the best foam and has a delicious flavour. Visit How to Froth Milk for additional information.
How to steam milk with an espresso machine (perfect cappuccino)
What is required to steam milk? A coffee maker with a steamer! This produces the nicest froth for a cappuccino, and boiling milk enhances the flavour with sweetness and creaminess. For this coffee drink, you don’t need to worry about micro foaming like you would for a latte, but it’s still helpful to have an espresso machine.
The drawback? Espresso machines are often expensive. Here is the espresso machine we use; it is reasonably priced and performs admirably. But you can also make a cappuccino by whisking milk; see below! How to steam milk for a cappuccino is as follows:
.Hold the steaming wand just beneath the milk’s surface until it doubles in size and becomes extremely frothy.
.Reduce the height of the steaming wand until the milk reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit; use a thermometer or determine when your hand can no longer hold the pitcher for more than a few seconds.
How to froth milk: without an espresso machine (cheater method!)
Not possessing an espresso machine? No issue. To make a delicious handmade cappuccino, simply heat and froth the milk. There are several tools available for frothing milk (see more at How to Froth Milk). Here are the best gadgets we’ve found for frothing milk at home:
Handheld milk frother. A handheld milk frother is inexpensive and effective. It produces exceptionally foamy milk, which is ideal for macchiatos and cappuccinos.
French press. If you have a French press for brewing coffee, you can also use it to create foam! It produces a pleasant foam with somewhat larger bubbles than the frother.
Whisk. A whisk also works! It whips the milk rather well, with somewhat larger bubbles and slightly less froth than the other ways.
How to make a cappuccino at home!
Have you had your tools, milk, and coffee? Great. We can now go to the fun part: making a cappuccino! You will combine the knowledge you gained from reading the preceding section to produce this delicious espresso drink.
- Utilize an espresso machine, espresso maker, or Aeropress to prepare the espresso (see above).
- Steam the milk (with an espresso machine): Use the information in the preceding section to steam and froth the milk.
- OR, heat the milk on the burner before foaming it. The ideal temperature for milk is 150 degrees Fahrenheit, when it is warm to the touch but not boiling. Then, using the method of your choice, froth the milk until it is extremely foamy. Cappuccino requires a generous amount of foam: 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 foam.
- Serve. Pour the milk foam into the espresso and serve. It is convenient to use a latte cup, which holds the ideal quantity.
- And that concludes it! Homemade cappuccino instructions. Tell us if you attempt it, what tools you employ, and how you like it!
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