Italians can not imagine a morning without a cappucino. It is still a delight of the morning routine. They can even distinguish a tourist from a native, because only a tourist will order a cappuccino after noon. Cappucino is considered a morning beverage in Italy, unlike in other regions of the world where it is served throughout the day.
What are the Steps to Making a Cup of Cappuccino
To make a traditional Italian Cappuccino is a difficult maneuver. It is divided into 3 parts: the espresso, the steamed milk, and the foamy milk…. These layers created at the perfect proportions, textures and temperatures are what make the ideal cup of cappuccino.
It used to take highly skilled chefs to create this combination, but with the advent of the cappuccino machine, most of the guess work can be forgotten.
How Cappuccino Machines Work
Cappuccino machines are designed to brew and dispense the espresso coffee. The more professional machines can also do the step of grinding the coffee beans for a just-in-time fresh brew. After the espresso has been dispensed into the cup, the machine then adds steamed milk. These first two steps are relatively easy, but you need to take care of milk temperature and the strength of the espresso, which both are important ingredients in this recipe.
The foamy milk is the most difficult part to get just right. The objective is to create a light foam,with the right temperature and with the optimal number of bubbles. This helps offset the bitterness of the espresso.
Makers of Cappuccino Makers
Bunn is US manufacturer of some of the best cappuccino makers in the world. They are used in restaurants and homes alike because they are durable and able to maintain the ratios and temperatures required for great cappuccino. Bunn is strong brand particulary with restaurant models which have up to 5 spouts for instant cappuccino and can cost close to $2,000.
Really popular machines for home use are Nespresso machines which costs about $400. This is a versatile machine that makes espresso but has plumbing for water to steam and a milk dispenser to create the foam for cappuccino or latte.
Naturally there are many other brands available of home and commercial cappuccino makers. Prices are more than a regular coffee maker because of the specialty features. Home machines generally dispense one or two small cups of coffee, while commercial grade machines can handle 5 cups simultaneously.
The Right Recipe For You
Espresso and cappuccino are very specific in terms of flavour, consistency and ingredients. One cup of coffee from one particular machine may taste just fine to one person, while the next person thinks it is weak or bitter. With espresso and cappuccino, there is a right taste and a wrong taste. Therefore we have on market so many brands of coffee and so many brands of coffee makers. And definitely also a combination of both for you …