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How to Make a Cappuccino in a Coffee Maker

Updated: Jul 5, 2023 6:09 PM
How to Make a Cappuccino in a Coffee Maker
Difficulty Medium
Steps 6
Time Required 15 minutes
Tools Needed

Figuring out how to make a cappuccino in a coffee maker will take time. Creating a homemade cappuccino requires some special equipment beyond your regular coffee machine.


  • First, create your coffee grounds to pull some tasty espresso. If you aren’t using an espresso machine, set dark roast coffee to brew in your traditional or Keurig coffee maker.
  • While your coffee grounds are brewing, create frothy milk using a steam wand. Pour your coffee into a cup, and pour your frothy milk over it.
  • You don’t need to use an espresso machine to make the perfect cappuccino-style coffee, but it will be necessary if you want a traditional cappuccino.

While a steam espresso machine is preferable, it’s not necessary. You can use the best coffee maker in your budget to carry out a traditional cappuccino recipe. A Keurig coffee maker is also acceptable. Alternatively, if you want an espresso machine, check out our review of the Nespresso Vertuo and Milk Frother.

Making the Perfect Cappuccino with Coffee Makers

The art of creating perfectly steamed milk takes time to master. If you’re using an espresso machine, you’ll have a leg up on learning. Remember espresso machines can use a lot of energy, so if you are worried about power consumption, make sure to read about how many watts a coffee maker uses.

Making a homemade cappuccino isn’t necessarily difficult. It takes trial and error to figure out the proportions and find coffee grounds suitable for your purposes. A perfect cappuccino-style coffee has one part coffee, one part frothy milk, and one part foam. If you are curious you can check out Miele vs. Jura coffee machines for a comparison of two high-end machines that can make great cappuccinos.

Insider Tip

Cappuccino machines can create a deeply rich flavor that you can’t get with other methods, like a coffee house espresso machine.

Make sure to wash all equipment with clean water thoroughly. Otherwise, you might end up with unwanted pests. If that happens, we have a great article to help you learn how to keep roaches out of your coffee maker.


Use a coffee grinder on your espresso beans, selecting a medium-fine grind size. Alternatively, place a dark roast coffee pod in your K-Cup coffee maker. For the most flavorful espresso possible, use a steam espresso machine if one is available.


Brew your cup of coffee. While that happens, create your milk foam. Fill a third of your pitcher with fresh milk.


Now, use your steam wand to create steamed milk. Hold the pitcher at an angle and dip your steam wand in, moving it up slowly as the fresh milk expands into milk foam.


Once your steamed milk is ready, tap the container against your counter. This will create more compressed milk foam. You should have perfect milk foam once you finish.


Fill a cappuccino cup with your shot of espresso or black coffee. Pour the milk foam over the top, moving in a circular movement from the middle out to the edges of the cup.


You’ve now made one of your favorite coffee drinks from a coffee shop in your own home. For an even richer flavor, try learning how to make Cuban coffee with an espresso machine.


Coffee lovers should beware of potential mold growth in their K-cup coffee maker.


How do I create frothy milk without a steam wand?

If you don’t have an espresso machine, you probably don’t have a wand for steaming your cup of milk. In that case, use an immersion blender and hot milk.

What makes a good cappuccino?

A few components go into creating a cappuccino. First, you want to use an espresso machine if possible. At the very least, use high-quality coffee beans and focus on perfecting your pour for cappuccino foam.

Should I stir my cappuccino?

You should never stir a frothy cappuccino. This destroys the thicker layer of foam and removes the gradient of rich flavor.

What are the different types of cappuccinos?

There are a couple of different types. A wet cappuccino has less frothy foam and more fresh milk. A dry cappuccino has the opposite proportions, with more hot milk and only a bit of foam.

STAT: The steam frothing capacity of milk decreases as the free fatty acid level, the common indicator of lipolysis increases. (source)

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