Great cappuccino is a delight available to discerning coffee lovers, right in your kitchens. A cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink that is traditionally prepared with a double espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam on top. The cream may be used instead of milk and is often topped with cinnamon.
The very first step is making sure that your cup is nice and soft, you can add hot water to it to keep it at a high temparature. You can opt for any type of milk for your cappuccino, from skim to plant-based kinds of milk. You can even use chocolate milk to obtain mocha cappuccino. However, whole milk produces the richest foam.
After the milk is steamed, make the espresso. Follow your machine’s instructions to fill the filter with ground espresso coffee. Then, insert the filter in the brew head and set the machine for a single or double espresso shot, depending on how strong and big you want your coffee to be.
You should tap the jug with steamed milk in order to remove any large bubbles and leave only the smooth microfoam. Swirling is performed to prevent separation of the milk and foam before pouring. Pour the espresso into a warm serving cup.
Hold the cup tilted to the side with one hand, while slowly pouring steamed milk with the other. Make sure the pouring height is not too big. Gradually level the cup as it fills with steamed milk.
Wiggle the jug to ensure that the foam lands on top of the cappuccino or, alternatively, use a spoon. Serve immediately.
- 1 rounded tablespoon (about 7 grams) finely ground the coffee, preferably an espresso blend
- 1/4 cup cold milk (whole, 2%, or nonfat)
- 1 pinch cocoa powder or ground cinnamon
- Warm up the espresso machine.
- Put the coffee in the filter basket of the portafilter, tamp down with a tamper, and secure the portafilter in the brew head.
- Place a 5- or 6-ounce cup directly under the brew head, turn on the brew switch, and brew for 22 to 28 seconds to yield 1 to 1 1/2 ounces of espresso.
- Press the steam switch and wait for the ready indicator to light up.
- Meanwhile, pour the milk into a stainless steel pitcher.
- Submerge the tip of the steam wand at least half an inch below the milk surface and turn on the steam switch.
- As the foam rises, gradually lower the pitcher so the tip of the wand remains just below the milk surface.
- As the milk begins to heat up, tilt the pitcher slightly to swirl the milk and continue to steam until the side of the pitcher becomes too hot to hold.
- Turn off the steam while still holding the tip of the wand under the milk surface.
- Pour the frothed milk into the cappuccino in one of two ways:
- For a smooth cappuccino in which textured milk is evenly integrated throughout the beverage, gently pour the frothed milk over the espresso in a thin, steady stream.
- For a cappuccino with a foamy head, hold back the foam with a spoon and gently pour the milk over the espresso. Spoon foam over the top.
- Sprinkle with cocoa powder or cinnamon, if desired. Serve hot.