Delicious espresso and creamy milk froth combine to create a cappuccino, a drink so-named because of its resemblance to the color of the Capuchin Friars' habits. Stopping by a coffee shop to order a cappuccino is a morning ritual for many, but who says you can't make one in the comfort of your own home?
To make a cappuccino the traditional way, you need an espresso machine and a steam wand, but there are plenty of other surprising methods to discover. For example, you can obtain a thick, creamy froth with an infuser or hand blender. This infographic below reveals how to make a café-standard cappuccino at home, from frothing the milk to selecting the best coffee blend. Behold, the secrets of a superb homemade cappuccino...
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Everyone has their own preferences regarding milk, from skim to nonfat to soy milk.
But it is strictly fresh whole milk that is ideal for a perfect cappuccino.
In fact, its fats and proteins are essential for a thick and creamy froth.
It is the delicious milk froth that makes the cappuccino unique.
1/2 Cup (120 ml) is the right quantity of milk to achieve a perfect froth.
Here are a few methods that anyone can use to froth the milk to perfection at home as well!
Remember that a digital thermometer could be very useful for monitoring milk temperature.
The classic method requires a coffee machine with a steam wand.
Pour the milk into a pitcher, submerge the wand without touching the bottom of the pitcher and turn on for 10 seconds: this will take the milk to 95F.
Move the pitcher around in circolar motions for another 10 seconds, keeping the wand on the side of the pitcher.
The milk will now be at a temperature of 150F, its volume will have doubled and the froth will be perfect.
Heat the milk in a pan, or microwave, and pour into an infuser.
Shut the infuser and froth the milk moving the piston for 15 seconds, gradually reducing the movement (there’s no need to use too much energy!).
Finally, move the infuser around in circolar motions to blend the milk and pour into the cup.
After heating the milk, pour into the hand blender beaker.
Immerse the blender and start to whisk the milk at low speed for about a minute.
Keep the blender near the surface of the milk, so that more air is incorporated and a thicker froth created.
It’s time to prepare the coffee, using an espresso machine or a mocha coffee pot.
You can use quality blends such as our Qualità Rossa, Qualità Oro and Crema e Gusto , or RIVO Capsules, depending on personal preference.
Pour the coffee slowly until 1/3 of the cup is full.
Then, within 10 seconds, pour the creamy milk froth.
Let your creative side guide you! Decorate your cappuccino with cocoa powder, sweet syrup, flakes of chocolate, chopped nuts.
And if you are particularly clever, you could create your own designs and shapes with stencils and toothpicks on the foam surface.
And now you have all the skills needed to create the perfect cappuccino! ENJOY!