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How To Make A Cappuccino - Recipe

Apr 20, 2024 ● Jasmin Tétreault

A cappuccino elevates coffee art by blending the bold taste of espresso with the smoothness of frothy milk, offering a complex alternative to plain espresso or Americano. This guide will help you master making one at home.

What’s a Cappuccino?

A cappuccino is typically made from one shot of espresso to which hot foamed milk is added. The traditional cappuccino has a thick foam layer on top and is often finished with a light dusting of chocolate or cocoa powder, creating a rich and complex flavor profile. More modern cappuccino recipes have less foam than the traditional recipe and usually skip the cocoa powder.

Cappuccino Recipe

1/3 espresso
1/3 steamed milk
1/3 milk foam


  1. Grind enough coffee beans for a double shot of espresso.
  2. Brew a double shot of espresso (2oz) directly into a cappuccino cup.
  3. Steam the milk to 65-70°C, aiming for a thick texture without any large bubbles.
  4. Pour the steamed milk over the espresso.
  5. Optionally, you can spoon the milk foam on top to create a thicker layer.

How to make a Cappuccino?

In making a cappuccino, the key is to blend the flavors of espresso with thick steamed milk without burning the milk. Maintaining precise temperature and proportions is crucial for the ideal cappuccino.


What's the difference between a latte and a cappuccino?

A cappuccino typically has equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam, creating a rich and airy texture. A latte, on the other hand, has more steamed milk and a light layer of foam, making it creamier and milkier compared to a cappuccino. Cappuccinos are stronger in flavor due to the higher ratio of espresso to milk compared to lattes, which are milder because of the larger amount of milk. Cappuccinos are usually served in smaller cups than lattes, accentuating their strong, rich coffee flavor.

How many shots of espresso are in a cappuccino?

A standard cappuccino usually contains one shot of espresso. However, it can be adjusted to taste or size of the drink, and some larger sizes may include two shots.

Is a cappuccino stronger than a coffee?

A cappuccino is considered stronger than regular brewed coffee due to its espresso content, which offers a more intense and concentrated flavor compared to the more diluted nature of drip coffee.


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