What’s not to love about cappuccinos? They’re wonderfully intense like espresso, and wonderfully creamy like milk. A cappuccino is like the perfect pairing in coffee, period. But what’s the proper cappuccino ratio? How do you make an authentic one?
Cappuccino ratio: how to make a great cup
Most baristas agree that a good cappuccino ratio is 1 part espresso to two parts milk. So you have:
- One 2 ounce shot of espresso
- 2 ounces of steamed milk(less air bubbles, more liquidy)
- 2 ounces of foamed milk(more air bubbles, drier)
There’s always going to be some variance in the ratio, of course. Adding a double shot of espresso will mean you’ll have to add a little more milk, otherwise the coffee flavor will overpower the milk.
You can also choose to add either only steamed milk for a “wetter” cup, or only foamed milk for a “drier” cup. Using only foamed milk is called making a bone-dry cappuccino.
Use a dedicated cappuccino cup
Another neat way to make a good cappuccino without having to worry too much about the actual measurements is just to use a cappuccino cup.
Cappuccino cups are really neat because they’re already the right size of about 6 ounces. You just need to pull an espresso shot into them and then top up with foamed or steamed milk until the cup is about as full as you want.
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How to make a cappuccino with an espresso machine
A more painless way to do it is just to use a good espresso machine that either has a steam wand or that automatically dispenses steamed milk from a reservoir.
Mr Coffee Cafe Barista
The Mr Coffee Cafe Barista is the espresso machine that I currently use at home. It’s inexpensive, quite automated, and makes some really good espresso, cappuccino, and lattes.
What I love about this machine is that it’s super simple yet super versatile. You fill water into the reservoir, and when you turn the machine on, it will begin to heat up and the lights on the three buttons will start flashing. Each button is for one of three drinks: espresso, cappuccino, or latte.
Just grind up some coffee, tamp it into the portafilter and lock it into place to get started.
If you want to make a cappuccino, pour some cold milk into the milk reservoir and lock that into place too. Once the cappuccino light turns solid, it means the machine is ready to brew and steam milk.
Place your favorite mug in the machine and press the cappuccino button. The machine will first dispense steamed milk, and once the 4 ounces of milk have been dispensed(you can adjust the quantity of milk with a little dial), it will pull a shot of espresso into the milk and you have a cappuccino ready to go.
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If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper and with a bit more control, check out the DeLonghi EC155. It’s not as automated as the Mr Coffee but it will still brew a good cup of coffee.
Here, you’ll need to brew a shot of espresso separately, then turn the dial to the “Steam” setting, and froth a cup of milk, and then mix the two to make a cappuccino.
Since everything is manual here, you’ll have to measure out the milk yourself, froth it to your desired consistency yourself, and finally add the shot of espresso to make your cappuccino.
One advantage this machine has over the Mr Coffee is that you can actually make foamed milk by taking a small amount of milk and frothing it very intensely. The Mr Coffee only produces steamed milk since it is all fully automated.
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So I hope this short little post answers your question about the cappuccino ratio! Now go ahead and grind some fresh beans to brew yourself a cup!
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