How to Make a Cappuccino. Cappuccino is a mixture of espresso, a little steamed milk and a little milk foam. The milk/foam ratio is up to you what you enjoy most. Some like a thick layer of foam while others just want foam as a garnish on top. Mix as you please.

Things You'll Need

Make a 1 1/2 oz. espresso, leaving enough water in the espresso machine to steam some milk. (See “How to Make an Espresso” in the Related eHows section.)

Put espresso in a 5-oz. or larger cup so that you have room for the milk.

Set espresso machine to steam.

Fill a stainless-steel carafe with 3 oz. cold milk and insert the steam nozzle.

Place nozzle halfway down in milk and leave it in milk for 45 to 60 seconds, or until the milk is hot and there’s enough foam for your preference.

Add 1 1/2 oz. steamed milk to the cup of espresso.

Spoon some foamed milk onto the top.

If you like, sprinkle with ground chocolate, cinnamon or nutmeg.


  • For a drink with fewer calories, use 2 percent, 1 percent or nonfat milk.

  • Traditionally, cappuccino is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam.

  • A caffe latte is espresso with two to three times as much steamed milk, also topped with foam.

  • In Italy, people would find it odd to order a cappuccino after a meal; if you want something with milk in it, you must not have eaten enough.