Which milk should I use to make cappuccino?
It is better to use whole-fat milk because fatty milk is better at producing microfoam and silky texture. It is also important to use fresh milk. If the expiration date is close, it could be difficult to have microfoam.
How can I make steamed milk without a steamer?
Follow the steps below to make steamed milk without a steamer.
- Add milk to a saucepan.
- Put it over low heat on the stove.
- Whisk the milk until it reaches 150°F (65°C).
- As it reaches the target temperature, it will approach the desired texture.
- Once it reaches the target temperature, turn off the heat.
- Your steamed milk is ready. Use it how you want.
Below you will find how to make cappuccino at home. Try it, and you will no longer need to look for a coffee shop when you crave it!
Cappuccino is a milky coffee made with espresso and steamed milk. It is known as an Italian drink today, but in fact, it originated in Austria. Italy is the place where cappuccino gained popularity.
Cappuccino is made with espresso and steamed milk. You can use an espresso machine, a Moka pot, or AeroPress to make the espresso for a cappuccino. Dark roast coffee beans are better for cappuccino like espresso blend or Italian roast.
Steamed milk is not simple warm milk but aerated milk made by exposing milk to steam. Exposed steam not only warms the milk but also makes fats in the milk break down, and it creates very small air bubbles in the milk. This results in milk with a smooth and heavier texture, defined as silky or velvety.
Steamed milk has a finer texture than frothed milk which is airy foamy milk with large bubbles. Steamed milk foam is called microfoam by baristas whereas frothed milk foam is just foam. In some cappuccino recipes, you add steamed milk to espresso and then put some frothed milk on top to serve it with thicker foam.
Steamed milk is usually made by using the steam wand attached to an espresso machine or a milk steamer. However, if you do not have any tools to make steamed milk, then you can do it on the stove. To do so, add some milk to a pot, put it over low heat on the stove, and whisk it until it reaches 150°F (65°C). The texture will change as the milk approaches the target temperature.
Now let’s move on to the recipe below and make cappuccino at home!
2 shots (2 oz) espresso
½ cup whole-fat milk
Some ground cinnamon or cocoa powder (optional)
Make the espresso in a cappuccino cup using an automatic espresso machine, Moka pot, or AeroPress.
Steam the milk using the steam wand of your espresso machine or a steamer.
If you do not have a tool to steam the milk, steam it on the stove by putting the milk in a saucepan over low heat on the stove and whisking it until it reaches 150°F (65°C).
Top the espresso with steamed milk. As you pour the steamed milk into the espresso, the foam will stay up and more liquid milk will go under and mix with the espresso.
You can shape the milk foam on top using a teaspoon or decorate it by sprinkling some cocoa powder or ground cinnamon over it.
Your cappuccino is ready.
Serve and enjoy!
HOW TO SERVE CAPPUCCINO:
I prefer to serve cappuccino in a double-layer coffee mug because its appearance is easy on the eye. However, you can also serve cappuccino in a regular porcelain coffee mug. Regular cappuccino cups usually hold 150-160 ml (5-5.5 oz) drink.
You can serve cappuccino topped with frothed milk or cream. You can also decorate it with a pinch of ground cinnamon or cocoa powder if you like.
The cappuccino goes great with cookies. You may prefer serving cappuccino with all kinds of cookies like pecan, chocolate chip, peanut butter, etc.