How To - Make A Cappuccino?
Cappuccino is one of the most popular espresso based drinks. It combines espresso and warm, steamed milk.
What is a Cappuccino?
A cappuccino is an approximately 150 ml (5 oz) beverage, with 25 ml of espresso coffee and 85ml of fresh milk the foaming action creates the additional volume. In Italian, cappuccino means "little cap," which aptly describes the head of foamed milk that sits atop the drink's espresso base.
How to make a Cappuccino?
Step 1 – Pull a double shot of Espresso
Follow the 8 steps to make an espresso.
Step 2 – Pour the Milk into the Pitcher
Pour cold milk into a metal steaming pitcher, about a third full.
Tip: Make sure the milk is cold for best results. For the most velvety, rich cappuccino, use whole milk.
Step 3 – Foam the Milk
Dip the tip of the steaming wand into milk and start frothing. As the foam rises and the volume of milk increases, lower the pitcher, always keeping the tip submerged and tilted to create a vortex.
Do not mix unnecessarily (i.e. let the natural circulating action do the work)
Tip: Release steam from the steaming wand for two seconds to eliminate any residual water.
Step 4 – Turn Off when Foamed double its size
Move the pitcher higher, lower, closer, then further so that the steam wand can incorporate the air into the milk, making the foam. Continue steaming until the milk reaches 65 degrees (check via probe-style kitchen thermometer) and its volume doubles.
Tip: The bubbles should get smaller and smaller as you incorporate air.
Step 5 – Tap and Swirl the pitcher
Tap the base of the pitcher firmly on the countertop to compress the foam.
Step 6 – Pour the foamed milk into the espresso.
Pour the foamed milk directly into the cup, first aiming for the center, then continuing in a circular motion out toward the rim.
Step 7 – Serve Your Cappuccino
Add a dash of cinnamon or cocoa in top of your coffee cup and ta-da! If done correctly, you’ll have yourself a cup of boldly-flavored, robust, heavy-bodied cappuccino.
How to care for your Espresso Machine before and after a cappuccino?
Using filtered water is recommended, as the quality of the water can affect the taste of your espresso shot and possibly damage your machine. Before, foaming the milk release steam from the steaming wand for two seconds to eliminate any residual water. Operate the steam one more time to eliminate any remaining milk residue at the end.