Cappuccino Maker

If you've ever stared into a steaming mug of cappuccino at a local coffee shop and pondered if or how you could replicate that delicious, creamy drink, you've got nothing to worry about.  Here's why: a basic cappuccino consists of nothing more than a good strong shot of espresso with a proper ratio of steamed and frothed milk added in.  Besides an Americano, it's about as easy as it gets when you're thinking in terms of an espresso styled coffee drink.  All you need is an espresso maker and a milk frother, or better yet: a two-in-one espresso cappuccino maker.  It's so easy, efficient and cost-saving, we're pretty sure you'll be wondering why you haven't been making your own cappuccinos for years.

Types of Cappuccino Makers

Sounds so easy and looks so good you're ready for your own cappuccino maker, right?  If you are, we suggest you take a look at our suggestions for the Best Cappuccino Machines.  This will give you an inside look into what the staff here at Coffee Home Direct swear by and what we would recommend to you if we could sit down over a cup of coffee with you to discuss this in depth.  Since we haven't figured out a way to make that happen, our guide is the next best thing.  But, for starters, let's take a look at what kind of cappuccino makers there are right now. 

Stovetop Cappuccino Makers

You have some pretty varied options when it comes to a cappuccino maker.  To start with, the biggest factor will be determining whether you need an espresso maker/cappuccino maker combo, or if you simply need an independent stand-a-lone cappuccino maker.  Let's start with the first.  For a product that makes both, you can go either steam or pump.  A steam cappuccino maker, like the Bialetti 125 Mukka Express is one of the most affordable and simple ways to make cappuccino.  However, it does not technically "froth milk".  The milk is steamed in the top portion of the moka pot, and it's up to you to have an a milk frother on hand.  The best part is that it sits on top of your stovetop, eliminating the need for annoying cords or extra electrical outlets.  The EG&H 55 cappuccino maker is also a stovetop model, but it also includes a steam wand, so it's an all-in-one model.

Espresso Machine Cappuccino Makers

If you want an actual pump machine that makes espresso shots and offers you the capability of steaming and frothing milk, then your best bet will likely be a semi-automatic espresso machine.  Super automatic machines are obviously the top choice, because they do absolutely everything for you, from grinding the coffee beans to tamping the grounds, extracting espresso, and automatically creating steamed and frothed milk.  You will also pay a higher price tag for a super automatic and its fantastic features, but if that isn't a deterrent, then you should certainly look into them!  The more affordable option, then, is the semi-automatic.  These espresso makers are available in both pod or ground coffee models, and for certain brands, you can even find one machine that includes portafilters for both, allowing you to switch it up as you desire between your own freshly ground coffee and a pre-purchased pod.  Either way, semi-automatics are also very easy to use (and easier still if you choose to go pod style!).  You need to find a semi-automatic that has a built in steam wand, and since most do, this shouldn't be any problem.  Some will automatically steam and froth milk when the ideal temperature and pressure have been reached, others allow you to start the steaming and frothing on your own.  Depending upon your involvement, you can choose more or less "automatic" within the semi-automatic.  For super automatic, check out the Saeco 4045 Vienna Plus.  For a really affordable semi-automatic, Mr. Coffee cappuccino makers are very popular.  Take a look at a Mr. Coffee ECM20 Steam Espresso Machine & Cappuccino Maker.  A mid-level model?    How about a Saeco espresso machine.

Cappuccino Frothers

If you already have an espresso maker but perhaps it's a pod maker without a steam wand or a Bialetti stovetop maker without the extra top compartment, you can create cappuccinos with the aid of a hand held milk frother or a stand a lone cappuccino maker that's manual like a french press style frother or automatic like a frothPro.  See our selection of milk frothers for our selection of cappuccino frothers.

Cappuccino Maker Tips

Picked out your new cappuccino maker?  We hope so!  Here's some universal tips for making the best frothed milk: 
  • Always start with cold milk

  • The more fat in the milk, the better your froth will turn out

  • If using your own pitcher, use a stainless steel frothing pitcher

  • Remember that milk will double in volume during steaming/frothing, so never over fill

  • Foam by slowly moving pitcher from side to side and top to bottom

  • Never allow the milk to boil

  • How to Make Cappuccino

    Now that you've got the espresso covered and the steamed and frothed milk covered, you simply have to mix them together!  A cappuccino is generally constructed in layers.  First, pour the espresso shot into the bottom of your cup.  Next, layer on an ample amount of steamed milk, filling approximately 2/3 of the cup.  For the final third, spoon on generous amounts of your best frothed milk.  Voila.  Cappuccino!