Starting your morning with a rich and creamy cappuccino is the indulgence you deserve! Sipping a homemade cappuccino of Starbucks barista quality is the indulgence your wallet deserves!
If you know me, you know some sort of caffeinated beverage is always sitting close by. (Yes, even in the evening.) While my go-to drink of choice is a simple cup of black coffee, I am known to treat myself to a latte or cappuccino frequently.
The first and most important step is getting espresso! You can certainly use a very concentrated brew of coffee, but I'm sorry to say that it won't create as decadent a beverage. Espresso is key in a cappuccino. There is no pressing reason to splurge on a multi-$100 machine; the basics work just fine! I use this espresso machine from Amazon, and find it produces beautiful results without an overly large price tag. If adding another appliance to your kitchen doesn't suit you, then a moka pot will work just fine too!
While the quality of the espresso will always impact the finished product, I am a firm believer that starting with what you know is the best place to begin experimenting in the kitchen. If Maxwell House or Folgers have been your go-to choice for coffee, I'd recommend starting there. There is always room to experiment later as your tastes change! Personally, I tend to reach for a bag of whole bean Sumatra. I love the freshness that only freshly ground beans can brings to the mix, and Sumatra has a beautifully earthy and full flavor without lots of acidity. Other times, I support American veterans and brew delicious Black Rifle Coffee, which tends to have a much bolder flavor.
The best part about homemade anything, is how easily you can adapt a recipe to suit your preferences! This recipe covers the basics, and you get to add the flair! Most obviously, your preference in milk may differ. I tend to prefer oat milk in my coffee. I find it foams best of all plant-based milks. However, any milk, dairy or non-dairy, may be used here as you please! If you prefer a sweeter cuppa joe, then by all means add whatever coffee syrups you like! I can often find coffee syrups on sale at T.J. Maxx for as low as $4! keep a lookout at discount stores. Your coffee doesn't need to break your bank!
Without further ado, here is how to make a delicious cappuccino at home! (Without breaking your bank or stealing your entire morning!)
Espresso Maker (Machine, Moka Pot, or Concentrated Coffee)
Coffee Grinder (Optional)
Stove Top or Microwave
2 Shots of Freshly Brewed Espresso
4 Ounces Oat Milk (Or Preferred Milk Product)
Flavored Syrup (Optional)
Whipped Cream (Optional)
Brew 2 shots (or approximately 3 ounces) of espresso or concentrated coffee according to your espresso machine's specifications.
As espresso brews, heat milk on the stovetop or microwave until it just starts to bubble or rise.
Pour heated milk into a mason jar, seal, and shake vigorously until it has doubled in size.
Add optional flavoring syrups in and continue to shake to combine.
Pour fresh espresso into your favorite mug and top with the shaken milk/foam.
As the beverage sets, the liquid milk will separate from the foam into the three equal parts of espresso, milk, and foam to become a cappuccino!
Top with whipped cream if desired
Curl up in a comfy chair with your cappuccino and favorite book, and enjoy!