A few years ago, I thought I had the cappuccino thing covered. Then one day, I was like -wait, not everyone have an espresso machine at home. And like, can instant cappuccinos taste like a real one…
So, I decided to spend a week focused on making a perfect cappuccino without an espresso machine. Success!
I think I totally figured it out. And yes…today I’m sharing my favorite cappuccino recipes and solutions.
Now, I know this is really obvious: if you have an espresso machine at home, YOU CAN make the original cappuccino drink (just like bartenders do).
If you don’t, no worries, you can make a diy cappuccino version. Even though it’s not a real cappuccino, it will taste like one. It’s a good choice if you have a drip or a single serve coffee maker. And, last but not least, you can make it really simple and use instant cappuccino mix.
How to make a cappuccino with an espresso machine
I’m not very good at making how-to videos, so I decided to share this one instead. The video is really fantastic and I use the same method, coffee & milk ratio so I guarantee you’ll have an outstanding result.
How to make a cappuccino at home without machine
In three simple steps you can get a pretty similar cappuccino taste and texture like when using an espresso machine. Not a real thing, but it will definitively taste like one.
Brew a really strong cup of coffee. If you make 8 oz you can make two servings. It’s really important to make good and strong coffee. Dark roasted blends will be perfect.
1. Start with 3 oz – 4 oz black coffee
2. Warm up the milk on stove or in microwave until steaming.
3. Now, forth the milk really good, using milk frother or a whisk. You want to make a tiny bubbles (we call this the microfoam). You want to create that nice rich & sweet foam. That’s why you need to warm up the milk first. Cold milk will give flat look and no sweetness.
4. Now, just add the microfoam to your coffee.
How to make instant cappuccino
Now, I know that some so-called coffee experts will hate me for saying this but, yes, you can use instant cappuccino mix if you want to use instant cappuccino mix. It doesn’t have a lot in common with real cappuccinos (as far as the price, taste and quality), but it’s still an option. In fact, it’s a life saver if you don’t have fresh coffee, espresso machine, milk frother, or you’re just in a hurry. And, they are pretty popular because they come in like 20 different flavors.
And here are just few tips that will help you get a nice cup of cappuccino using instant mix.
Always read preparation instructions. Different mixes have different coffee to water ratios. This is why you should always follow producer’s recommendations.
Sometimes, these cappuccino mixes are overestimated. If your coffee tastes watery or bad, use less water next time.
Don’t try to fill up a 16 oz tumbler using one serving. One serving is usually for a 5,6 oz glass.
If you want nice and creamy taste, add an extra splash of milk for extra creaminess.
Popular instant cappuccino solutions:
(click items to find them on Amazon )
Caffe D’Vita Instant Cappuccinos hot & iced, sugar-free, flavored varieties
Hills Bros Cappuccinos regular, flavored
Illy Cappuccino in a can