To make a cappuccino, you need to start by making an espresso and combine it with frothy milk.
The problem, however, is that some people hardly understand how to do this. Assuming that you have already found the right machine and coffee, start by preparing an espresso using the instructions on the machine.
The time it takes for it to start flowing into the cup depends on the type of machine you are using. Be sure to use high quality coffee too.
After completing this, here is how to make a cappuccino with an espresso machine.
Heating the Milk
To heat the milk, you need to use your machine’s steam pipe. This is supposed to change the texture so that it makes it suitable for the cappuccino. Usually, milk is flat and smooth.
However, you will want to make it light, airy, and bubbly for this purpose. Turn the settings of the machine to cappuccino. At this point, the water temperature will increase meaning that there will be more steam.
You can use the control tap to remove any water that might be in the steam pout. Drain it into a separate cup.
Frothing the Milk
Since you need foam for the cappuccino, you have to froth the milk. To do this, put semi skimmed milk into a metal jar.
Make sure that it is only about an inch of it. The reason you need a metal jar is because it heats up faster than the others. Hold the jug underneath a turned on steam pipe so that the steam can blow into the milk.
You can fold air bubbles into your milk by gently moving the jug up and down. The milk will start expanding because of air bubbles, and there also will be a high-pitched whining sound coming out of it.
You do not have to worry about the whining sound. However, if you hear a growing noise, stop the process because that is an indication that the milk is nearing boiling point.
Sometimes, you might not get a good result right away. This should however not dishearten you because it usually takes practice to be a perfect espresso maker.
Combining Milk with the Espresso
At this point, you have already completed the most difficult part of the process. So, to create the cappuccino, add the lovely frothy milk to the espresso. There, however, is a specific way of doing this.
Remember that a perfect product would have equal portions of foam, milk, and coffee. The best way is to pour the thickened and heated milk first. After that, proceed to use a spoon to transfer portions of then frothy milk.
You need a spoon because you want to use the frothiest part of the milk and this is usually the one floating at the top.
So, there you have it; you now know how to make a cappuccino with an espresso machine.
If you are looking for the best results, be sure to buy a high-performance machine because it is what determines almost everything.