What is Cappuccino?
Cappuccino is one of the most popular Italian coffees. Because its taste is not as bitter as espresso, cappuccino is easier to be accepted by every one’s tongue, especially young ones. It is made of espresso, steamed milk, with foam on top.
Can you make it at home?
There are various reasons why more and more people choose to brew their coffee at home. For one, it’s convenient. Second, it is cheaper. It’s a luxury to have a delicious cup of coffee first thing in the morning without having to go out to a café.
But, not everyone can afford to have a coffee machine. So, can you make a cappuccino at home? The answer is yes, you can. It perhaps won’t be as good as a barista’s at first, but you’ll get there. Here’s how to make a quick and easy homemade cappuccino.
- 96gr black coffee powder
- 120ml fresh milk
- Topping: ground cinnamon or chocolate – optional
- A French press
- A Muggo mug warmer
- A small saucepan –optional
- Make the coffee. Using your favorite brewing method, pour it into your self heating mug.
- Heat the milk. There are two methods that you can choose. Put the milk in a cup and heat it in the microwave. If you don’t have one, a saucepan will do. Whatever method you use, the milk must be heated to 70°C (155°F).
- Froth the hot milk. Pour heated milk into your French press and rapidly pump using the plunger about 30 times, or until foamy bubbles form.
- Serve and enjoy your cappuccino. After the milk is ready, slowly pour it over the coffee. Sprinkle it with ground cinnamon or chocolate on the top, if desired.
If you don’t have a French press, there are several alternative ways to make the foam.
- Make use of a whisk. Take the heated milk and whisk it until you see bubbles.
- Make use of a handheld milk frother. Pour the hot milk into a container and use the frother for about 20 seconds, or until bubbles appear.
- If you are lactose intolerant or vegan, you can use non-dairy milk instead. The main factor in choosing the right non-dairy milk for cappuccino is that it foams properly. The ratio of fat and protein in steamed milk is what causes it to froth. So, search for products with a high fat since they will generate more foam. The best choices here are oat and soy milk. You can use the same proportion, heating, and frothing process as described above.