Pro Skills Session: How to Make a Cappuccino With a Machine

Here’s a dirty little secret: You don’t need to be a professional barista to make cappuccino. You just need a machine.

CappuccinoOkay, maybe it’s no state secret that anyone can learn how to make a cappuccino with a machine, but you never know. We know it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the dos and dont’s of making good coffee. That’s why we’ve put together this easy cheat sheet to whipping up a gourmet homemade cappuccino.

If you don’t already have one, the first thing to do is get your hands on a reliable cappuccino maker. We recommend the Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother ($349) for all its bells and whistles, the De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker ($140) for a slightly more streamlined approach, or the Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker ($25) for its old-fashioned DIY qualities—though they’re all very different products, each is uniquely suited for the task.

Now, the fun part: Learning how to make a cappuccino with a machine. Here’s the recipe for success.


  • 1 cappuccino maker of your choice
  • 1 cup of your favorite espresso beans
  • 1 cup milk, dairy or otherwise


  1. Grind the beans. (Opting for whole beans is preferable when possible, because it maximizes freshness.)
  2. Follow machine instructions to whip up a shot or more of espresso.
  3. Pour the milk into the frothing cup.
  4. Follow machine instructions to froth the milk to double its original volume.
  5. Pour espresso into a preheated mug, then pour milk froth (aka microfoam) on top.
  6. Enjoy.

Looking for a little more pizzazz? Sprinkle your masterpiece with shaved dark chocolate for the ultimate finish.

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