A friend of mine used to use one of those large liter Coke plastic bottles. The really large ones for lots of room to shake and get air in. She also didn't use normal milk but evaporated milk, which obviously has a special taste to it.
I haven't tried it myself as I'm too lazy and don't own any of the special equipment. I got some filter cups from Marks & Spencers, and that is as good as it usually get for coffee with me.
Oh, do I have the energy to go on?
A coworker/friend of mine shared an article about making your own cappuccino at home. I eventually got around to it when he sent a photo of how hits turned out. There's a trick here - you need a mason jar. I have none. It makes shaking warm milk rather difficult.
Well. You make your coffee, maybe a little stronger than usual. Then you heat up some milk (I don't own a microwave to into the pot it goes). Once the milk has been warmed you should ideally put it in a jar. Then you shake the heck out of it. This make it nice a frothy at the top. You hold a spoon to contain the froth and add the milk to your coffee. The you scoop on the froth.
I made it twice, clumsily, with a twist container of plastic (tended to expand with the warm milk )
It was ok but I have no idea what a cappuccino is actually supposed to taste like! A bit bitter because of the coffee, but sweet because of the natural lactose sugars in the milk. Still doesn't quite explain what I should be tasting to know if I've done it 'right'.
I also tried to make my own mocha tonight. I have an old canister of Starbucks hot chocolate powder. It says to mix half and half milk and the powder into a nice syrup. In another port I warmed up some milk (a bit hotter since I had to add a lot of milk to the cup). Then, in my French press I made some strong coffee (tough when you only own medium roast). I added some coffee to the few scoops of syrup I'd made. Then I added the milk. The stuff from Starbucks is stronger since they use actual shots of espresso. In addition I normally get a shot of raspberry in my mocha. I don't have any of that so... I had to try and remember what the straight mocha tasted like.
I'm actually more satisfied with the mocha compared to the cappuccino. I might make it more often but it sure is sweet!
4 blog comments below
deanhills on Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:44 am
I do not really like coffee at all, but if you want to have a lot of energy and not spend much money is the best choice, otherwise any energy drink is good choice even they are costly.
hitose on Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:10 pm
I am glad I like just simple black coffee. Sounds like too much work to me.
standready on Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:41 pm
I've occasionally looked into espresso machines... I just worry about getting the grind right and working the machine properly and getting the espresso short right. It's a whole other world but it might be easier to make cappuccinos and even my mochas! Maybe some day... I have a few items on price watches just to see if they ever dip down. I find I use my Kureig less and less these past few months. It's all about the french press now.
TheGremlyn on Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:43 am