Learn How To Make A Homemade Cappuccino

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Most of us coffee lovers can all agree, cappuccinos are loved by the many. There is just something about that sweet coffee drink, and the frothiness that comes with it, that makes it one of the most popular coffee drinks out there. Cappuccinos can be made simple with just the espresso and milk, or you can flavor it up with some common sweeteners.

These can include chocolate syrup, caramel, vanilla extract, fruit zests, cinnamon, flavored creamers or milks, or coffee syrups like Torani, and many more.

Sounds enticing doesn’t it? Just think of all the different flavor styles you could come up with! Torani alone has a multitude of flavored coffee syrups to choose from. Now I know what you’re thinking, how can you make a cappuccino at home without all the special equipment they have at the coffee shop? Well, you can do so with some simple kitchen tools that you probably already have in your cabinets and drawers.

So all the yumminess aside, for now, and let’s get into learning how to make a homemade cappuccino in your own kitchen, and give those baristas a little friendly competition!

What Is A Cappuccino?

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The most common misconception in the coffee world, is that cappuccinos and lattes are the same. They are not. Yes they both are made of espresso and milk, but it’s the amount of froth that makes the difference in the two. The latte may have some froth on the top, about 1/2 an inch, but the cappuccino will have at least two to three inches if made well.

The longer the milk is heated and whisked, the more froth will form leaving less of the liquid. So in essence, a cappuccino has more coffee taste than a latte because it has less milk and more froth.

What Will You Need?

Three things. A coffee maker that can almost replicate an espresso coffee, a microwave safe measuring cup or mug, and a wire whisk. Now there are some coffee makers out there made to produce a close second when it comes to espresso. Some of these include the Moka Pot, French Press, and the Aeropress. These all have a pressure method for separating the coffee drink from the grounds. Espresso machines also use a pressure method. The pressure is so forceful that it is compared to atmospheric pressure. This is what makes an espresso, an espresso.

If you do not own one of these coffee makers (which are quite inexpensive to acquire), and only have a drip coffee maker, a Chemex, or a Pour-over, there are some things you can do to make your coffee stronger. You can buy darker roasted coffee beans, which will give you that extra kick you’re looking for, or you can get “espresso” roasted coffee beans, which are roasted the longest out of all the coffee roasts, and made for making espresso like coffee.

You can also add more coffee to your normal brewing method, but I suggest one of the other choices as you don’t want to make your coffee taste bitter by adding too much.

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Now that you know how you are making your “espresso” like coffee, you will want to grab some milk, a microwave safe measuring cup or mug, and a wire whisk. If you are using a mug, make sure the mouth is big enough to fit the whisk, and leaves room for movement.

What Kind of Milk Should You Use?

If you are anything like me, you like your coffee with flavor. Of the many ways you can add flavor to your coffee is by adding milk. You can use whole milk, 2%, 1%, or skim milk. If you are a skim milk fan, remember that it may make your cappuccino taste weak or watery, because it is a thinner substance. I suggest using whole or 2% milk for a thicker result. Non-dairy milks work well also. Almond milk, vanilla almond milk, coconut milk, or soy are some good options.

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If you really want to make it delicious, add flavors and spices to your milk. Some of these can include coffee syrups like Torani and Monin, which are used in a lot of coffee shops. Both have an abundance of different flavors to use and can really amp up your morning cup.

Others include adding cinnamon, nutmeg, fruit zests, vanilla extract or other flavored extract, chocolate or caramel syrup, chocolate flakes, whipped cream, flavored creamers, or anything else that you may like to make your cappuccino extra special.

How To Make Your Cappuccino

Here are some steps to help you along the way:

  • cappuccino with whipped cream and caramel syrup sprinkled with cocoa powder in a glass mug
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    First you want to make your coffee. You will need about 6-8 ounces for a good cup, depending on your liking. As previously said, use whatever coffee maker you have on hand, and darker roasted coffee beans.

  • While your coffee is brewing, heat up 1/2 cup of milk (your choice), for around one minute. You can do this in a microwave-safe measuring cup or coffee mug.
  • When the milk is done, take your whisk and start whisking back and forth until you see the froth start to form, you’ll want to do this aggressively for about 35-45 seconds.
  • Once the coffee and the milk are both ready, slowly pour the milk into your coffee. Use a wide mouth spoon to hold back the froth until all the milk has been poured, then spoon the froth on top.

I find that pouring the milk in a circular motion will help it mix better, as you really don’t want to stir a cappuccino. Stirring leads to the minimization of the froth, so try not to do this.

For added aesthetics, sprinkle some cinnamon on top, or drizzle chocolate syrup, caramel, cocoa powder, or whipped cream. These are always delicious and very appealing to the eye.

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HOMEMADE CAPPUCCINO

Here is a simple way to make a cafe style cappuccino right in the comfort of your own home!
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 mug
Author: Angela

Equipment

  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave safe cup or mug
  • Wire whisk

Ingredients

  • 6-8 ounces Strong Coffee dark roast/ espresso
  • ½ cup Milk of Choice or creamer

Instructions

  • Brew your coffee using your preferred brewing method
  • Heat the milk about 1-1½ minutes

Notes

  • When the milk is done, take your whisk and start whisking back and forth until you see the froth start to form, you’ll want to do this aggressively for about 35-45 seconds.
  • Once the coffee and the milk are both ready, slowly pour the milk into your coffee. Use a wide mouth spoon to hold back the froth until all the milk has been poured, then spoon the froth on top.
  • I find that pouring the milk in a circular motion will help it mix better, as you really don’t want to stir a cappuccino. Stirring leads to the minimization of the froth, so try not to do this.
  • For added aesthetics, sprinkle some cinnamon on top, or drizzle chocolate syrup, caramel, cocoa powder, or whipped cream. These are always delicious and very appealing to the eye.

 

Save The Coffee Shop For The Special Days!

While going to the coffee shop on a regular basis may be a nice thought, it really isn’t that ideal for the amount of money one would spend doing so. Being able to have the know how for even the simplest of things, like making your favorite cappuccino right in the comfort of your own pajamas, is a blessing.

I love going to the coffee shop right around the corner from my house, but my wallet does not allow for it some days. So it is a great feeling knowing that I can make that delicious hazelnut cappuccino without ever having to get out of my pajamas! I hope you enjoy your homemade cappuccino as much as I enjoy mine.

Enjoy!

 

If you enjoyed this article and would like to leave any comments or have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below.  I would love to hear from you!

For the Love of Coffee

Angela

email:  angela@heavensaromacoffee.com

 

 

4 thoughts on “Learn How To Make A Homemade Cappuccino”

  1. Hello, Angela, thank you so much for this “delicious” article. I love coffee, especially cappuccino, it always reminds me of traveling in Italy by car. My husband got crazy because I like to stop every hour to drink a cup in one of the coffee bars along the way. Thank you so much for the recipe, now I finally can make my own Cappuccino.
    Monique

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    • That sounds wonderful Monique!

      I would stop with you at every coffee shop along the way with zero complaints! I am glad you enjoyed this recipe and please, let me know how it turns out!

      Angela

      Reply
  2. Great coffee photos. I wish I lived near a coffee shop. The brands of coffee you mention I have never heard of that name. I like how you can make coffee in the microwave. Does it taste any different?

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    • Hello and thank you for taking the time to read Yvonne!

      Yes, you can use the microwave, and no it will not taste that much different. The one thing that may be slightly different is the frothiness of the milk. If you do not whisk it properly or hard enough, it may not build that froth that makes a cappuccino.
      The flavors I talk about, Torani and Monin, are not coffee. They are flavored coffee syrups, and come in an abundance of flavors. Think of it as taking your cup to the next level!

      Angela

      Reply

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