The combination of espresso coffee and creamy milk froth create the cappuccino, a beverage that owes its name to its resemblance to the colour of the habit of the Capuchin friars. Going into a café and asking for a “Cappuccino and brioche!” is a morning ritual you can’t miss. But whoever said you actually have to go to a café to enjoy one? Is it possible to prepare a perfect cappuccino at home as well!
The traditional process requires an espresso machine with a steam wand, but there are numerous other original and surprising methods! You can also get a thick creamy froth with an infuser or immersion blender. This infographic shows how to make a cappuccino at home: from frothing the milk to choosing the best coffee blend, here are the secrets for a mouth-watering home-made cappuccino!
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Everyone has their own preferences regarding milk, from skim to nonfat to soy
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 and Crema e Gusto, 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’ve all the skills to create the perfect cappuccino! ENJOY!