When we want or need a relaxing or restorative coffee, we are so lucky to have so many options available to us. Whether we’re a coffee connoisseur or someone who simply enjoys a brew at home, in the office or on the move we have so many ways to make great tasting cappuccino or any other type of coffee we desire.
Our kitchens are equipped with coffee machines, milk frothers, hot chocolate makers and all the accessories we need to turn out amazing hot or even cold brewed drinks.
Of course, we could just nip down the road to the nearest coffee bar or franchise. But where would be the fun in that? Not to mention it’s getting expensive. Do we really need to spend £4 or $5 every morning on a coffee on the way to work or every time we need a caffeine fix?
The answer is we don’t. We can make barista quality coffee at home. We can even make cappuccino with coffee pods and a milk frother. And the result will be a fabulous cup of frothy coffee your Italian grandmother (if you have one) would be proud of.
Can you make cappuccino with coffee pods and a milk frother?
At the risk of coffee purists curling their upper lips in disgust; yes, you can make cappuccino with coffee pods and a milk frother. I’ll go further.
You can make an awesome cappuccino with coffee pods and a milk frother.
And, you’ll be delighted to hear, you can do this no matter which milk frother you have. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, we’ll tell you the best ones to look at later.
OK, with no further waffle let’s get stuck in.
How to make cappuccino with coffee pods and a milk frother
So, the first thing you need is a pod (capsule) coffee machine. Which is obvious I suppose but you can actually use pods without a machine (if you’re desperate). But to be honest I’m not sure why you would.
Anyway, you’ve got your coffee capsule and pod machine of choice. Now you need your frother. We’ll use a handheld model. From now on the process is easy – just remember a cappuccino is made up of:
- One part coffee (espresso).
- One part steamed (heated) milk.
- One part warm foam (adds the sweetness).
The process of how to make cappuccino with coffee pods and a milk frother
1 – Insert your capsule of choice into the pod machine and start to brew.
2 – Pour 250ml of milk into a microwaveable jug and pop it into said microwave.
3 – Heat the milk for up to 2 minutes depending on the wattage of your oven.
4 – Remove your cup of brewed coffee from your pod machine.
5 – Froth the milk for 30 seconds using your handheld frother.
6 – Tap the bottom of the jug to settle the foam and leave for a few seconds, then pour the heated milk onto the coffee holding the foam back with a spatula or spoon.
7 – Pour or spoon the remaining foam into the cup.
8 – Sprinkle or dust with chocolate /cocoa powder.
9 – Enjoy your homemade cappuccino.
Which coffee pods should I use?
Unsurprisingly this depends on the pod machine you have. For many machines you can find compatible capsules, but I guess the advice here is to use the brand specific pods. Especially if you have a Nespresso or Lavazza machine.
As for the type of coffee, use espresso. You can choose to use the equivalent of a single or double shot. I always use a double shot as I prefer a deep drink. For a deep cup of cappuccino use a double shot – but this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to use two capsules.
Most pods will dispense a sufficient amount of coffee for a double shot with enough intense taste to use as the base of your cappuccino.
Which milk frother should I use to make cappuccino?
In our demonstration we’ve used a handheld milk frother. Simply because this is the type that most people will have. And they are very affordable if you don’t currently have one lurking in your kitchen drawer.
However, there are other kinds of milk frother you can use. If you’re not familiar with the different models you can learn more here: What type of milk frother is best.
But if you want to make cappuccino with coffee pods and a milk frother, an electric frother is equally as effective as the handheld frother – even more so in some cases.
Some electric (or automatic) frothers such as the Severin frothers have pre-set programmes for cappuccino. You simply pour your milk into the frother’s jug, press a button and a couple of minutes later you’ll have thick warm milky foam for your cappuccino.
But even the most basic electric milk frothers will heat and foam your milk which saves you having to warm your milk in the microwave as you would do with a handheld frother.
Apart from that the process is the same. Brew your coffee using your pod machine, heat and foam the milk in your frother, then add the milk to the coffee remembering to keep equal parts of coffee, heated milk, and foam.
As to which frother you should use I always recommend a handheld frother if you’re looking for something which takes the minimum amount of time and for a tool which can be used for other tasks around the kitchen.
But if you enjoy a more hands-off approach and like to get everything done at once I would suggest an electric frother. With one of these cool little devices, you simply press a button and let the frother do its thing. In one or two minutes you’ll have perfect warm foam which you can use to make a whole host of frothy coffees.
If you need any inspiration as to which coffees you can make you should check out our Milk frother recipes page.
Our recommended milk frothers
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