How to make a Cappuccino at home without a machine
The thought of making your own cup of cappuccino at home might seem silly after watching someone operate one of the giant steam-powered, cast-iron and copper cappuccino machines in coffee bar. However making a cup of good cappuccino at home is actually quite simple and not very expensive. To make it you will need two pieces of simple equipment: a stovetop espresso maker and a milk frother. The stovetop espresso maker (also called a moka express) you can find at Target or Wal-Mart for under $10. The milk frother you can buy on Amazon.com for $10 or at a cooking supply store. I would recommend getting the Aerolatte or Bonjour brand.
To make the cappuccino, start by brewing a pot of espresso. You can read a full set of directions on how to do this in our article on making espresso. Pour half a cup of whole milk into a coffee mug. 1% and skim milk don’t hold foam very well so try not to use it. Heat this up in the microwave for about two minutes or until steaming hot but not boiling over. Take your milk frother and place the frothing end in the hot milk and turn it on. Try to keep it just below the surface of the milk for the best results. Once the milk is nice and frothy, pour your espresso into your milk on one side so as not to disturb the foam too much. Serve.
Tips and Variations:
You can add a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, or cocoa powder on top if desired.
Use espresso ground coffee or French roast for the best flavor.
For dry cappuccino, use 1/3 cup milk and froth it more.
For wet cappuccino, use 2/3 cup milk and froth it less
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