Without a doubt, the best cappuccino I’ve ever enjoyed was at a lovely, local Italian restaurant called Villa Verone. The drink was creamy and smooth with a strong taste of coffee, but not bitter. Perfection in a cup! The next day left me craving more so I concocted my own frothy mixture. A few years ago I got rid of my espresso/cappuccino machine because it required too much space and wasn’t used often enough … so I quickly figured how to make cappuccino without a machine.
Granted, this simple homemade version of cappuccino isn’t as decadent as one made with fancy gadgetry, but it hits the spot when you need a shot of caffeine and don’t feel like putting on your makeup to take a trip to Starbucks.
Since cappuccino is made with espresso, I ground more coffee than I typically use for a regular cup of coffee. About 2 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee per cup of water, and brew with your coffee maker.
While your coffee is brewing, heat your milk over a low flame to about 160 degrees. If you don’t want to use a thermometer, simply remove the milk from heat before it boils. Non-fat milk provides the most froth, but 2% milk provides a bit richer flavor. I used 2% milk.
Using an immersion blender, whip the milk for a minute or two until it’s nice and frothy. If you don’t have an immersion blender, place your heated milk in a lidded jar and shake vigorously until you have quite a bit of foam. Make sure you use a large enough jar that leaves room for creating the foam.
Slowly pour the heated, frothed milk into the coffee. A cappuccino should be equal parts coffee and foam, with about half the amount of milk. If necessary, use a spoon to make sure the foam empties into the cup.
If you’re wondering what the difference is between cappuccino, cafe latte, and other coffee options, here’s a handy chart I found at Coffee Wikia …
Source: Coffee Wikia
I hope you enjoy my instructions on how to make cappuccino without a machine. You can always add flavored syrup or sugar to your coffee for a sweeter taste before adding the milk and foam.
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