What is cappuccino and how to make it?

One of the most popular drinks these days is a cappuccino. This is a big part of the reason for that you see a coffee shop on every corner. Most people don’t really have the equipment that they need to make one at home but there are ways around that.

A cappuccino is simply a mixture of espresso along with some steamed milk and some milk foam. This of course raises the obvious question of just what is espresso? Espresso is simply a concentrated extraction from coffee beans; it requires a special machine to make it. When you make a cappuccino you can vary it by changing the amount of steamed milk or foam that you have on it allowing you to make the drink just the way that you like it. This is a big part of the reason that they have become so popular.

In order to make a cappuccino you are going to have to have an espresso machine as this is what you will be starting with. You will want to make about one and half ounces of espresso but make sure that you put some extra water into the machine so that you will be able to use it to steam some milk. Once you have the espresso you are going to want to put it into a fairly large cup since you will need the room to add the steamed milk.

At this point you will want to set the espresso machine to steam so that you can make the steamed milk. You will need a stainless steel carafe to do this, put about three ounces of milk into it. Next you will insert the nozzle from the espresso machine into the milk and leave it there until the desired amount of foam is achieved. This should take between forty five seconds and a minute but you will need to watch it so that you can get the amount of foam that you are looking for in your cappuccino. You can then add this milk to the espresso and you have a cappuccino.

The above procedure works great if you have an espresso machine, the problem is that most people don’t, they cost several hundred dollars. Fortunately there is a way around this problem that will allow you to make cappuccino at home even if you don’t have a machine. These days you can buy espresso grounds at the grocery store. To make cappuccino you simply brew these in accordance with the instructions on the package. In order to get the steamed milk just fill a coffee mug about two thirds of the way up and put it into the microwave for about a minute. When it comes out get a small whisk and stir it until there is as much foam as you desire. Just add this to your espresso and you have a cappuccino.