1. Pull the espresso shot
The first step in making a homemade cappuccino is to pull an espresso shot from the machine. Simply place the beans in the ceramic grinder to turn your espresso beans into ultra-fine powder, press the espresso button and watch as the rich espresso shot fills your mug.
Regardless of which machine you use, this step is relatively standard. Follow the machine’s instructions to fill the filter with espresso grounds and insert it into the brew head.
2. Froth the milk
Next, it’s time to froth the milk. Pour your milk of choice into a chilled metal pitcher – we recommend filling the pitcher about 1/3 of the way with cold whole milk. Before you insert the steam wand into the pitcher, purge out any water that remains. You can then place the wand in the pitcher and turn it on.
Tilt the pitcher at a slight angle to encourage the milk to heat and swirl. Bring the wand closer to the milk’s surface for only a few seconds to get more foam. Once you’ve finished steaming the milk, purge the steam wand again and wipe it with a clean wet cloth.
Top tip: For the best foam results, you’ll want to give your jug of milk a gentle swirl and tap it against the counter to remove bubbles.
3. Add the milk to the espresso
It’s time to finish making your homemade cappuccino. Tilt the pitcher of milk to the side and slowly pour the steamed milk into the center of the espresso. You can pour a little faster towards the end and make a circular motion to get plenty of foam at the top.
Voila! You now have a rich, frothy cappuccino. Add chocolate shavings, cinnamon, or anything else you want to give your cappuccino an added flavor.
Top tip: If you want a “wetter” cappuccino, add only steamed milk to the cup. And if you prefer a bone-dry cappuccino, you can add only foamed milk.