Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cappuccinos without the Machine


Living in America’s coffee Mecca presents temptation at every corner. On my walk to work alone I pass three flagship roasters, each trying to lure me in with the rich aromas of their proprietary blends. While I’m a big fan of delicious things, I resist the urge to give in to a four-dollar-a-day habit and instead, leave my coffee splurges for the weekend.

Tristan and I talk frequently about buying an espresso machine but until a Lavazza appears on my counter top, I found a simple way to create luxurious cappuccinos without one. And if you have a French press and either an immersion blender or an old-fashioned whisk, you can too.

Simply brew your favorite coffee in a French press while slowly heating a bit of milk in a saucepan. When the milk is hot but not boiling (little bubbles should appear around the edges), blend with an immersion blender until a thick layer of foam appears on top. No immersion blender? Grab a whisk and whisk the milk in a back-and-forth motion for a similar effect (the foam won’t be quite as thick and dense but delightful nonetheless). Fill your favorite mug one third full with freshly brewed coffee, another third with hot milk and then top it off with a thick layer of creamy foam. And since we eat with our eyes first, a fresh grating of nutmeg or cinnamon tops it off beautifully.


This is the type of drink that requires savoring. It’s simple enough to make everyday and luxurious enough to make every day feel special.

7 comments:

melanie said...

This is such a great idea - will give it a whirl tomorrow.

Nuts about food said...

So much better than spending $4, I agree. Great tip.

Dave S. said...

If you ever do get a machine, I find these do a better job than the wands and waste very little milk.

http://www.amazon.com/Nespresso-3192-us-3192US-Aeroccino-Plus/dp/B001UHZAYS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1288884372&sr=8-1

I don't recall it being this expensive, though.

NudeFood said...

Wow Dave, I've never heard of those. Very cool, thanks for the link.

Lori said...

You rock!! Now I want a hot coffee!! Love your blog keep up the good work old friend :D

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