3 ways to Make Cappuccino at home Without A Machine

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How to make cappuccino at home

Cappuccino. The constant companion of coffee drinkers all around the world.
No one can really resist the crisp hit of espresso. Topped off with the creamy comfort of deliciously steamed milk. Followed by sinful frothy heaven. It truly is the undisputed champion amongst coffees.

Though the credit of the origin of the drink belongs to the land of pizza, pasta, and gelato. There’s no denying Cappuccino, crawled its way out of Italy. And has become a staple in cafes everywhere. And while everybody’s favorite fantasy is barista brewed coffee in bed. A daily trip down to your local caffeine corner might not always be the best option. Lack of time or money might get in the way of making that dream a reality. We’re here to offer up the next best thing – Three fun ways to make Cappuccino at home without a machine.

Time to tell the truth. We’ve all been equal parts interested and intimidated, when we watch people work coffee machines. It doesn’t help that some of them look like they could turn into a Transformer. While all those knobs and buttons bustling away to create your morning cup have tasks to do. They aren’t the only way to treat yourself to a morning cup. After all, to every seemingly complicated problem. There is a shockingly simple solution.

If your fingers are tingling to give it a go. Walk with us as we explore a few of the ways you can create a crown worthy cup of Cappuccino at home.

How to Make Cappuccino by a French Press

For almost a century, the French Press has been an ever present participant in the coffee community. While traditionally used by coffee drinkers who like their beverage black. Over the years, the use of the apparatus has been adapted to create a variety of caffeinated preparations. The unique design makes it the ideal option to aid in your creation of a delectable Cappuccino.

What You’re Going to Need

  • Coffee – Get your hands on a bag of your absolute favorite coffee beans. It can be Arabica or Robusta beans. Even a mix of the two. Find a flavor you like and bring it out.
  • A grinder (optional) – If you want to get the most out of your coffee. It is wise to grind they right before you brew. Nothing works better than a burr grinder. Offering up uniformity, quality and consistency in the grinds. If you’d rather just bring a pre ground blend. That would work as well.
  • A coffee mug
  • Milk – Feel free to pick the milk that suits your tastes preferences. Keeping in mind your ethical and health issues off course.
    Whole milk is the option to turn to for the smoothing creamiest result. However coconut and almond milk in the non dairy section work well enough. Skimmed milk might offer up a slightly different texture on the foam. Does work well for the diet conscious amongst you.
  • A French Press – Composing of a cylindrical glass pot with a plunger and built in filter.
  • Hot water in a kettle – A gooseneck kettle is the advised option. The thin curved spout works well to control the direction and flow rate of the water.
  • Spoon to stir.

Step by Step Cappuccino Recipe by French Press

  • Start by making sure your French Press is clean and dry. Place it on your countertop.
  • Pull out the plunger. Grab the kettle, pour some hot water in and swirl it around. The aim is to warm the vessel up. Once that is done. Throw away the water.
  • If you’ve opted to bring home whole beans. It is now time to grind them. For best results aim for a coarse grind. The French Press will be able to perfectly pull out the flavor without over or under extracting.
  • Now place the coffee grinds into the pot. A general rule if you’re aiming for a strong coffee. Try to balance out 2 tbsp. of coffee for every 6 oz. of water. You can always adjust these quantities as per your tastes.
  • Pour a little of the hot water onto the coffee. (roughly double the quantity of the coffee).
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  • Wait for thirty to ninety seconds. If you want to, give the coffee a little stir.
  • If your coffee is fresh, this is when you will get to witness the coffee bloom. The carbon dioxide trapped in during roasting is leaving the grinds. Allowing time for your coffee to bloom ensures there is no acidic tang in your drink.
  • Place the lid back on and allow the plunger rest at the top of the water for three to four minutes. Then grasp the plunger and press down onto the coffee with steady continuous pressure.
  • Your espresso is now ready. Pour it out in your coffee mug and set it aside.
  • Grab the milk you are going to use and warm it either on a stove top or in a microwave.
  • Rinse out your French press if you wish and pour in the warm milk roughly till the halfway mark.
  • Place the lid back on. Press the plunger down till it hits the top layer of the milk.
  • Now with the lid on, pump the plunger up and down.
  • You will start to see the level of the milk rise. Keep pumping till you can see the desired level.
  • Pour it over into your mug over the espresso.

Making Cappuccino Using a Moka Pot

One of the most practical apparatuses to be introduced to the coffee community. Whether you opt to use an electrical or stovetop Moka Pot for this creation. You are guaranteed some high quality cappuccino.

Stove Top Moka Pot

Things Needed

  • Your favorite beans.
  • Hot water in a kettle – A gooseneck kettle will offer you the most control over the speed of water. It will also allow you to control the direction as you pour. Here are some best Gooseneck kettles, if you don’t have one!
  • Grinder – A burr grinder will work best to offer you the right size and consistency of coffee grinds for your brew.
  • A stove-top Moka pot with all its components – You can use an electric one too. There’s no fixed rule.
  • Milk – Feel free to pick between dairy, non dairy, whole milk and fat free milk options. Whatever suits your needs and wants for the day.
  • A frother or a whisk.
  • Coffee mug.

What You’re Going to Need to do

  • To begin you’re going to need to pop your coffee beans into a grinder. Pick a setting that will ensure the coffee grinds mimic the fineness of sand.
  • Open up your Moka pot and fill the bottom segment with water to reach below the valve.
  • Place the freshly ground coffee in the stainless steel filter and fit the top of the pot on.
  • Set the Moka pot on the stove and set it on a medium heat.
  • The boiling water at the bottom of the pot will force steam to force the coffee out the top. A sign of which will be a bubbling sound.
Coffee bubbling though to the top.
  • Once that stops. Take the pot off the stove.
  • Remember to place the pot over a cold surface. Or run cold water over it. If you don’t, you might end up over extracting the coffee resulting in an off putting taste.
  • Pour it out into your favorite coffee cup.
  • While the coffee is brewing, place the milk in a pot on the stove and warm it up.
  • Take it off the heat once it has warmed up.
  • Pour in a portion of the hot milk over your freshly brewed coffee.
  • Grab your kitchen frother and work it on the milk till you start to see the milk start to expand. If you cannot get your hands on a frother. An electric or manual whisk will do the work just as well.
  • Once you get to that delicious light foamy texture spoon it onto the top of your drink.
  • Sit back and enjoy your creamy cappuccino.

Indian Cappuccino Recipe – AKA The Beaten Coffee

The little brown bean at the heart of the cappuccino has managed to cross a lot of boundaries on its journey towards global domination. The culture of each country has played a role in coloring how the beverage is prepared. India for example, has introduced the world to the unique version of Cappuccino. Unlike its predecessors on the list. This variation is created using instant coffee.

What You’re Going to Need

  • Instant Coffee – Get your hands on your favorite blend of instant coffee. While the strength of the coffee is completely based on personal preferences. 2 tsp is a good place to start.
  • Milk – A cup of dairy or non dairy milk.
  • Sugar – White or brown sugar the choice is yours.
  • Spoon
  • Water (optional)
  • An electric beater (optional) – While this coffee is generally created by hand. If you are serving a large ground of people. It might involve a bit more muscle strength than expected.
  • Coffee mug

Step by Step Instant Cappuccino Recipe

  • To begin, grab your favorite coffee cup and place two teaspoons of coffee with the same amount of sugar. The quantities can vary according to personal tastes.
  • Mix them together with a spoon.
  • Add in a tablespoon of water and stir.
  • If you’re creating more than two or three cups of coffee, it is advised to use an electric blender for this purpose.
  • Add a little more milk if you find the mix getting too thick. The ideal texture should be light and fluffy. The color of the mix will head towards a light brown.
  • Pour the rest of the milk into a pot and warm it over the stove.
  • Finally add the warmed milk into your cup while stirring. Sit back, sip and enjoy your coffee.

At the End of the Day

Crafting and appreciating a cup of coffee can be a very personal experience. For a long time coffee has appeared to us mere mortals as an intricate art that is almost impossible to perfect. We are now learning we stand a chance. There is a path to follow towards the perceived perfection in a cup. You can choose how you get there. If you want to be a little adventurous. You can even throw in a few steps of your own to spice things up.