If you’re thinking of getting an espresso machine and you like cappuccino then you’re probably wondering whether or not they make cappuccino.
This post will show you whether or not they do, how to make cappuccino using an espresso machine and other drinks that you can make with espresso machines.
So, do espresso machines make cappuccino? Yes, espresso machines make cappuccino. To make cappuccino using an espresso machine you make the espresso and then use the milk frother on the machine to steam the milk then add it to the espresso.
There are actually a number of different ways that you can make cappuccino and there are a number of other drinks that espresso machines can make that you might like.
How to make cappuccino using an espresso machine
Cappuccino is where steamed milk and milk foam is added to espresso. It has a creamy and coffee-like taste.
Espresso is the mixture that you get when you push hot water, that is pressurized, through finely ground coffee. Espresso has a rich and slightly bitter taste.
There are three ways that you can make cappuccino and they are to either use a traditional espresso machine, a pod machine or to use a stovetop espresso maker.
To make cappuccino using a traditional espresso machine, you get the beans, grind them, put them into a container called a portafilter, put the portafilter into the machine and turn it on. While the espresso is being made you then steam the milk using a milk steamer that comes with the machine and then add the milk to the espresso.
You can watch the video below to see how to make espresso using a traditional espresso machine.
Espresso machines have a steep learning curve and they require the most amount of work in preparing the espresso and in cleaning the machine.
However, they will give you the best-tasting espresso out of the three options and they give you full control over the way that the espresso tastes. This means that, after some trial and error, you should be able to make cappuccino that you really like using espresso machines.
To make cappuccino using a pod machine you just put the pod and water into the machine, press a button, steam the milk while the espresso is being made and then add it to the espresso.
The quality of the espresso that pod machines produce won’t be as high with traditional espresso machines.
However, they come with a number of different flavors to choose from, the espresso does still taste good and they are quick and easy to use.
The pod espresso machine that I would recommend the most would be this one on Amazon.
To make espresso using a stovetop espresso maker you add water to the pot and then you add ground coffee above it and heat the pot up. The water will then boil and create steam pressure, the steam will then mix with the coffee and espresso will come out of a filter at the top.
To make cappuccino you will need to steam the milk while the espresso is being made and then add it to the espresso once it is made. The issue here is that stovetop espresso makers don’t come with milk frothers so you will have to heat the milk up a different way.
Stovetop espresso makers will also not give you the best espresso. However, they are the cheapest option and will do the job if you are not concerned with getting very high-quality espresso from the machine.
A stovetop espresso maker that I would recommend would be this one on Amazon.
How the espresso impacts the taste of the cappuccino
The way that the espresso is made will actually have a large impact on the taste of the cappuccino.
If Arabica beans are used then it will generally give the espresso a smoother taste that can sometimes taste slightly sour. If Robusta beans are used then it will normally give it a more bitter taste.
Additionally, if the beans are from a single origin then it will generally give the espresso a sharper taste that can also be sour at times. If beans from a variety of sources are used then it will generally give the espresso a more balanced taste.
If the beans have a light roast then it will give the espresso a less bitter taste but they can also cause it to taste sour. While, if beans with a dark roast are used then it will generally give the espresso a more bitter taste.
Since espresso is meant to have a slightly bitter taste, a blend of beans from multiple origins that are a mixture of Arabica and Robusta beans with a dark roast is what is normally used to make espresso.
To make espresso, the beans are supposed to be ground very finely. However, if they are ground too finely then it will mean that the hot water will pass through the coffee grounds for too long which will lead to a more bitter taste.
Drinks similar to cappuccino
There are a number of drinks that are similar to cappuccino that you can also make using an espresso machine such as:
Latte is where you add a lot of steamed milk and a small amount of milk foam to espresso. Latte has a creamier and less coffee-like taste compared to cappuccino.
Mocha is where you add chocolate syrup and steamed milk to espresso. It has a chocolatey and coffee-like taste.
Breve is where you add half and half milk and cream to an espresso. It is more creamy that cappuccino due to the higher fat content of the cream.
- Flat white
Flat white is where you add just steamed milk to an espresso. It has a similar taste to latte which is weaker than cappuccino.
Other questions people ask about cappuccino
Can you make cappuccino without an espresso machine? Yes, you can use a pod machine or you can use a stovetop espresso maker and then heat the milk up yourself.
Are there machines that will make cappuccino automatically? There are machines, such as this one, that will steam the milk automatically for you while the espresso is being made you just need to pour the milk into the espresso once it is made.
Other drinks that espresso machines can make
There are a number of other types of drinks that espresso machines can make in addition to those mentioned above. I have talked about many of them in-depth in this article.
However, here is a number of them:
This is where espresso is made using half as much water as normal. This gives the ristretto a very strong taste that can sometimes be bitter.
This is where espresso is made using more water than usual. This reduces the strength of the espresso and makes it less bitter.
Americano is where espresso is added to hot water. By adding the espresso to the hot water it preserves the crema on the espresso which gives the americano a sweet taste that is similar to coffee.
- Long black
Long black is where hot water is added to espresso. This removes the crema and gives it a less sweet taste compared to Americano.
Cortado is a double shot of espresso with foamed milk on top. It has a creamier and less bitter taste compared to normal espresso. However, it is stronger compared to cappuccino.
Macchiato is similar to a cortado but less milk foam is added. The macchiato has a stronger taste compared to the cortado.
Affogato is where espresso is added to ice cream. It has a cold, sweet and rich taste.
- Con panna
This is where a small amount of whipped cream is added to espresso. This gives the espresso a creamier and less bitter taste. Con panna is creamier compared to macchiato due to the higher fat content in the cream.