How To Make Cappuccino



A rich, frothy cappuccino - perfection in a cup. Let's discuss how to make cappuccino.

A cappuccino, in essence, is an espresso made with two types of heated milk. It's the delicate foam of milk or froth that gives your cappuccino its classic look. Frothing milk is considered an art, and those who have perfected it take great pride in their ability to produce foam correctly.

Regardless of your cup size, the measurements of an authentic cappuccino should be 1/3 espresso, 1/3 heated milk, and 1/3 frothed milk.

Step By Step

The following steps will enable you to make the perfect cup of cappuccino.

While your espresso is brewing, steam and froth your milk, using a steam wand and a frothing pitcher.

Fill your pitcher half way with cold milk; the colder the better. Nonfat milk will froth more easily than whole, but your foam will be creamy and smooth if you use whole milk.

Tilting your pitcher slightly forward, submerge the tip of the steam wand to about ½ inch below the surface of the milk.

Release the valve on the wand to begin the steaming process. You will see the foam begin to rise as the volume of the milk increases.

To build your froth up to a nice, velvety consistency, steadily raise the wand up as the milk level increases.

Continue this steaming process until the milk has doubled in volume or when the milk temperature has reached 150 degrees. The end result will be a thick, creamy foam dome at the top of the pitcher.

To help separate the steamed milk from the foam, you can tap the pitcher on the counter a few times. This also releases any large bubbles that may have formed.

Using a large spoon to hold the foam back, fill your cup 1/3 full of the steamed milk. Do this slowly to prevent the foam from breaking up.

Now spoon the foam directly onto the steamed milk, filling your cup another third of the way.

Final Touch

Time for the final touch on how to make cappuccino: fill your cup the rest of the way by pouring the espresso slowly down through the middle of the foam.

As a finishing touch, you can sprinkle a bit of cinnamon or powdered cocoa on the top. You have now mastered the Italian art of the perfect cup of cappuccino and are ready to impress your family and dinner guests with this delicious treat.

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