When it comes to breakfast, nothing beats a freshly brewed cappuccino. Purchasing one from a commercial coffee shop, however, is not the same as making one at home. In three simple steps, you can brew true Italian-style cappuccino at home.
The cappuccino you enjoyed on your last vacation to Italy is much more achievable at home, and it doesn’t have to be a machine-driven drink. If you want, you can spend several hundred dollars on a nice cappuccino maker, but it isn’t required. With a few basic ingredients, you can prepare a delicious cappuccino. Let’s have a look at what you need.
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The percolator is an essential part of making Italian style coffee. It’s typically made from strong aluminum or stainless steel and can be used on any burner, with sizes ranging one cup all the way up to ten cups.
Fill the bottom of the container with water until it reaches just below the valve. Fill the filter with freshly ground espresso beans. Place the percolator over medium heat and replace the cover.
Steam pressure forces the water through the filter and into the top as the water boils. When the gurgling sound stops and the top is full, remove from the heat. Allowing the coffee to boil will result in a burned flavor.
While the coffee is brewing, warm the milk. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Of course, the quickest method is to microwave each 1/4 cup for 45-60 seconds on Medium.
However, you should cook it in a small saucepan over medium heat until the milk is nearly boiling for optimal results. Remove the pan from the heat when the thermometer needle hits 149 degrees, if you have one.
To make froth, set aside a quarter cup of hot milk per cup you intend to prepare.
You’ll need a milk frother for this stage. Plungers to hand-held manual or battery-operated 1-cup frothers (about $10) are available at home goods retailers. If you are using a manual 1-cup milk frother, pour the warmed milk that you set aside earlier into it.
If you are using a hand-held frother, place the frother in the cup and then pump up and down for approximately 15 to 20 seconds or until the milk becomes thick and frothy. Then, spoon or pour this over the brew and sprinkle some chocolate on top before serving.
Cappuccinos are a delicious coffee drink, but they can be expensive to buy from cafes. A single cappuccino can cost anywhere from $3-5 at your local cafe. That’s a lot of money to spend on something you can easily make at home.
Making a cappuccino at home is easy and affordable. All you need is some quality coffee, milk, sugar (optional), and a few simple tools like an espresso machine or French press. With just a few minutes of preparation, you’ll have a delicious and satisfying homemade cappuccino that costs a fraction of what you’d pay at the cafe.