One of the favorite coffeehouse drinks, hot and cold, is a delicious and creamy cappuccino. It is not necessary to spend time and money buying this delicious drink because you can make the best cappuccino using your favorite pod of coffee and milk is easy, using your Nespresso machine.
The classic Italian cappuccino is has 25 ml of espresso coffee and 85 ml of fresh milk, frothed until silky smooth. It is smaller than a latte, which has hot milk and foam in equal parts.
Ingredients and Tools
In order to achieve that coffeehouse texture, with a velvety smooth, cloud-like texture, use very cold milk that has full fat. When you use skim milk or a milk substitute, you are sacrificing the tight foam. Use a metal pitcher to hold your milk, and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to steam it.
The traditional cappuccino has 25 ml of espresso, so depending on your taste and the intensity of your favorite pod of coffee, you can chose one or two capsules.
- Metal steaming pitcher
- Steaming machine or frother
- 2 oz of cold milk of your choice
- 1 or 2 pods of coffee
- sweetener to taste
- chocolate syrup, cinnamon, caramel, and other flavorings to taste
- Ice, if you like it cold
Making the Best Cappuccino using Pods of Coffee
Using your Nespresso machine with your favorite pods of coffee makes frothing the milk the only challenging part when making your best cappuccino. Don’t be discouraged if your first attempts to produce foam that is watery or has bubbles that are too large. Enjoy these less-than-perfect drinks and try again until you achieve perfection.
- Pour the milk into a metal steaming pitcher and refrigerate.
- Turn on the steamer. Once ready, open the valve to let water escape the wand. Once the wand is pushing out only steam, you are ready to froth.
- Some steaming wands have an attachment that is placed on the wand, acting as a second wall. This creates a little vortex, helping you froth easier. If you have this attachment, use it until you get a feel for the steaming process.
- Place the tip of your steaming wand into the milk, as you tilt the pitcher a little. The steam will heat the milk and circulate it in the pitcher (creating bubbles and the vortex we described above). As the milk foams, make sure the tip of the wand is always below the surface of the milk (the not-yet frothed part). Don’t move the pitcher a lot. We want the foam to be thick and creamy.
- you can tap the pitcher gently on the counter to dislodge larger bubbles.
- Ideally, you will double the volume of milk.
- Brew your espresso using your favorite pod of coffee and your Nespresso machine. Prepare it in a large cup. Use two pods if you are using a ristretto or if you like your cappuccino very strong.
- Next, pour the foam on top of the espresso, directly into the cup. Start from the center and circle around until you are almost at the edge. Cappuccinos are named after Capuchin friars, who wore brown habits, similar to the color of espresso and foam in a creamy drink.
- Add sweeteners or flavorings to taste. Sprinkle with cocoa powder or cinnamon if desired.
- If you want your cappuccino iced, pour it into a large glass full of ice. In reality, pouring a cappuccino on ice will change the structure of the foam and in effect produce an iced latte.