You might be one of those people who prefer starting the day with a delicious cup of Cappuccino. What if we told you you could brew Cappuccino at home? Many people fear even attempting to brew Cappuccino. Well, their doubts are justified, as Cappuccino is too delicate a process. But once you get the hang of the recipe and practice regularly, you can treat yourself a cup of Cappuccino whenever you feel like it.
What Is A Cappuccino?
A Cappuccino is made using bold espresso with steamed milk and milk foam. If you go to a coffee shop, the baristas will be using all these three components in equal quantity. However, if you like your coffee strong, you can reduce the quantity of milk and milk foam and increase the quantity of espresso shot from one to double.
Similarly, if you have a sweet tooth, you can increase the amount of milk and milk froth in the brew and reduce the number of Espresso shot to one. This type of Cappuccino brew is called Wet Cappuccino.
What Do You Need To Brew A Cappuccino?
If you have a Coffee maker at home, learning to brew Cappuccino won’t be that hard. The process consists of using the machine to make your coffee base and mixing the three components, coffee, milk, and milk froth, to form the Cappuccino. You can use an AeroPress, a Moka Pot, or a French Press. This article will look at how to brew Cappuccino with all three of these coffee makers.
To brew Cappuccino, you will need-
- Whole Coffee beans, or whole dark roasted coffee beans
- A Burr grinder on a fine setting
- Water and a way to heat the water
- A Thermometer
- Measuring spoons/cups
Before starting with brewing Cappuccino, you should steam the milk you are going to use. Take a 2-quart saucepan, pour in 1 cup of milk, and put it on medium heat. Do not allow the milk to boil. Take it off the stove as soon as you see the milk start to simmer, and bubbles start forming on the top. When it does, remove the pan from the stove, and place it on the counter and let it cool down.
Now it is time for us to froth the milk. Take an electric mixer, and start frothing. Boost up the speed as the milk starts to thicken. Continue the process until you hit the desired level of softness. After the froth is prepared, let us get started with making the coffee base.
As a rule of thumb, you will need two tablespoons of ground coffee per 5-6 ounces of water. For brewing Cappuccino, you can either use a Moka Pot, French Press, or an Aeropress.
Using A Moka Pot To Make A Cappuccino
Many baristas consider a Moka Pot as being the best coffee machine for brewing Cappuccino at home.
- First, take water in the lower chamber of the pot.
- Now take the filter, and fill it up with the coffee ground.
- Put together the upper and bottom parts of the Moka Pot, and put it on top of the stove.
- Put the stove on medium heat. As soon as you hear water bubbling, it indicates water is making its way into the top chamber.
- Take a look at the funnel spout. If foam and coffee start coming out of the spout, your cappuccino is ready. When this happens, take the pot off the stove. Otherwise, your brew will be ruined.
Read Our Moka Pot Brewing Method Guide For More Detailed.
Using A French Press To Make A Cappuccino
- Take your French Press, remove the lid, and add ground coffee inside it.
- Pour in enough hot water to cover the coffee inside the container; let the coffee ground bloom for a few seconds.
- Once the coffee grounds have stabilized, it is time to add the rest of the water. Remember, the less water you add, the stronger and concentrated your brew will be.
- Enclose the lid, and keep the plunger up while your coffee is brewing.
- Wait 4 minutes, then press the handle down to push the coffee grounds to the bottom of the container.
Using A AeroPress To Make A Cappuccino
- Take a filter, clean it with warm water. Cleaning the paper filter with warm water will soften the filter, and the brew will be cleaner.
- Now take coffee into the AeroPress chamber and gently pour in the warm water.
- Take a spoon or a chopstick, and stir the grounds before pouring the next round of water.
- Once the brew is complete, take the AeroPress, attach a filter cap on the top, quickly place the AeroPress upside down on a mug.
- Press the aeropress to extract the coffee.
How To Serve Your Cappuccino
Congratulations! Your Cappuccino brewing is almost complete. Now all you have to do is add milk and milk froth to the drink. A rule of thumb when it comes to the mixing ratio is 1:1:1 1 part espresso coffee, 1 part milk, and 1 part milk foam. Feel free to change this ratio to your preference. There are no hard-bound rules for this. You should aim to stick to a quantity that tastes best for you.
How To Froth Milk In A French Press
Another option for frothing your milk is to use a French Press.
Take milk, warm it, then pour it inside the French Press.
Now close the lid, and push the plunger up and down vigorously. For about thirty seconds to a minute
To avoid spillage you can, wrap the French Press in a kitchen towel.
Be sure your milk is warm, as cold milk won’t froth as easily if at all, also the more fat content your milk has the easier it will froth. Whole milk will work better than 2%.
While brewing Cappuccino, remember this rule, always try to use 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 foam. With Cappuccino, you can also add 2/3 tablespoons of flavored syrup or different dairy products.