Question: how to make cappuccino in a coffee machine worries a lot of people. Even for professional baristas, this drink remains quite difficult to prepare — in order to get a soft, but at the same time bright and balanced taste, you need to train for more than one month. In today’s article, we will look at what a cappuccino is, how to make cappuccino in a coffee machine, as well as the features of the machines for making this coffee drink.

The difference between cappuccino and other drinks

There is a significant difference between cappuccino, latte, mocha and other drinks. So, the serving method is different — the average capacity of a cappuccino cup is 180 ml, while the volume of a latte or mocha cup is at least 240 ml. The difference also lies in the type of foam — in cappuccino it is denser and thicker, in other coffee drinks it is lighter. And of course, the main difference between cappuccino and other coffee-based drinks is the strength and taste. For example, latte and mocha have a smooth and mild taste, coffee is almost not felt. Cappuccino, on the other hand, has a brighter coffee flavor due to a shot of espresso.

Types of coffee

What characteristics should a cappuccino coffee machine have?

We have come to the main question: how to prepare cappuccino in a coffee machine? First of all, the coffee machine must meet certain requirements necessary for making a drink.

Note that the result does not depend on whether Saeco or Bosch will be used, but on the technical characteristics and skills of the person. We recommend that you pay attention to the following characteristics:

  1. Device type. There are automatic and semi-automatic coffee machines, which differ in how they work. The first type is the most common: all operations are carried out automatically, the user only needs to substitute a mug to serve coffee — the question of how to make cappuccino at home disappears by itself. “Semi-automatic” are professional devices that are often used by baristas. The preparation process is several times more complicated (at first) than working with automation, but the result is a much tastier and more aromatic cappuccino.
  2. Cappuccinatore type. Cappuccinatore — a device for frothing milk into foam. There are automatic models (most often they come as part of automatic coffee machines), there are manual models. In the first case, the program will whip the milk itself to the required condition — you only need to substitute a container for receiving milk. In the second case, the milk is whipped by hand, using a jet of steam from the cappuccinatore. We consider the second method to be preferable.
  3. Possibility of warming mugs. When wondering how to make a cappuccino in a coffee machine, remember: the mugs must be warmed up before serving the drink. To do this, the upper part of some devices is specially warmed up so that mugs can be placed on them.

Above, we have named the basic rules, and the volumes, number of posts and power of the coffee machine do not affect the quality of the final product.

Rules for making cappuccino

If you have an automatic machine, then preparing a cappuccino takes one operation: select the desired mode on the machine, press the button and get the drink ready. For those who are interested in how to make coffee on a semi-automatic machine, we have made the following instructions:

  1. Prepare a mug in advance in which you will pour coffee. To do this, heat it to medium temperature (so that it is warm, but not hot).
  2. Place the ground coffee from the grinder (or ready ground coffee) into the holder. The value of one bookmark must be equal in height to the height of the holder’s container.
  3. Gently compress the coffee in the holder. Note: the press should lie down at an angle of 90 degrees, the coffee tab itself should be uniform (do not exfoliate, do not crumble).
  4. The holder is installed on the post, the coffee machine turns on. A portion of espresso coming out from under the post should be poured into a pre-prepared mug.
  5. At the same time, prepare the milk. The first question at this stage is: what kind of milk is suitable for cappuccino and how to brew it? The answer is simple: choose based on your own interests. The most commonly used milk is 1% fat. Milk is best taken at room temperature.
  6. The next question is how to whip milk for cappuccino in a coffee machine? To do this, you need to take a good milk jug (standard volume — 300 ml), fill it 3/4 with milk. After that, we check the supply of steam in the cappuccinatore. Is the pressure good? Then turn on the cappuccinatore and bring the milk jug under the cappuccinatore at an angle of 45 degrees. Important: the cappuccinatore should be immersed in milk no more than 2.5-3 cm. With smooth movements, the milk is whipped until foam is formed.
  7. The frothed milk is poured into a mug, where the espresso is already located.

Recommendation: how to make cappuccino foam dense enough. To do this, it is necessary to supply steam at low pressure and keep the milk jug until it is hot. In order to make the foam more airy, it is necessary to supply steam at high pressure and periodically change the depth of immersion of the cappuccinatore into milk.

For an illustrative example, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the video with a detailed consideration of a number of issues, including how to make cappuccino foam:

If you know how to make a cappuccino correctly, this does not mean that the first time you will get a good drink that must meet the following requirements (established in many countries of the world):

  • The foam should be dense, without large air bubbles. The size of the bubbles on the foam is uniform, no more than 2-3 mm.
  • The height of the foam must be at least 1/3 of the height of the cup in which the cappuccino is poured.
  • The color of the coffee should be brick beige, while the drink should have a smooth taste and not be bitter.

You already know how to make cappuccino in accordance with the general technology, but for the formation of the perfect taste, we will give the following recommendation: try to use only Arabica, and choose it based on your own tastes. So, Ethiopian coffee varieties have a pronounced nutty hue, Kenyan varieties have a slight sourness, varieties from Central America have a more tart and strong taste.

cappuccino recipes

How to make cappuccino in a special machine according to various recipes? Note that there are no recipes for how to make cappuccino coffee at home — above we described the only cooking option that is a classic technology. Despite this, the preparation of cappuccino in a coffee machine provides for many variations that will have different tastes. So, it is permissible to add various syrups and flavors to cappuccino: cream, caramel, cinnamon, coconut, chocolate, etc.

Note that the specific recipe (and the amount of additions) depends on the person who made the cappuccino. Standard — no more than 10 ml of syrups per 250 ml mug (syrup should not interrupt the taste of coffee), adding cinnamon, grated chocolate or caramel depends on personal preference.

Viktor Datsky

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