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How To Make A Cappuccino At Home Without A Machine

Updated on July 9, 2009

I love to treat myself to a cappuccino every once in a while. I see it as a little bit of an extravagance because I know that they can add up in cost.

I usually buy my coffee at the local Starbucks or Costa Coffee and if I am feeling extra indulgent, I will also ask for a shot of vanilla or caramel. Naturally I only get my cappuccino treat when I am out and about and I always wished I could make one at home but I do not own the necessary equipment to make one.

So I did what any self respecting laptop owner would do – I googled "how to make a cappuccino at home without a machine”.

I got quite a few results and I decided to try them out. Here are a couple of the suggestions followed by my results.

How to make a cappuccino at home without a machine
How to make a cappuccino at home without a machine

Home Made Cappuccino Recipe No. 1

The Theory


  • Skimmed milk
  • Sugar
  • Fresh strong coffee


  • Brew coffee
  • Combine sugar with the milk and microwave for 1 -2 minutes
  • Add the heated milk and sugar to your blender and blend for one minute or until foam appears
  • Pour coffee into cappuccino cup and add the heated froth on top
  • Sprinkle with chocolate powder.

The Reality – My Issues

OK – I don’t drink skimmed milk so I used semi skimmed milk instead. I don’t make fresh coffee as I am not a regular drinker of the stuff. It naturally follows that I do not own a coffee maker either. I used the instant coffee that was in my cupboard.

I do not own a blender so I could not create any froth.

Result of my home made cappuccino challenge – I ended up with a coffee latte, which is a nice drink, but not what I wanted.

Can you make a cappuccino at home without a machine?
Can you make a cappuccino at home without a machine?

Home Made Cappuccino Recipe No. 2

The Theory


  • Cold full fat milk
  • Coffee


  • Pour desired amount of milk into a cup and microwave until it reaches a warm temperature.
  • Pour milk into your mixer and mix until you see frothy foam
  • Spoon foam on top of your espresso and top up with hot milk

The Reality – My Issues

As I mentioned before, I drink semi skimmed milk so that is what I used. I don’t have a mixer so could not whip up the frothy foam to the required consistency. I couldn’t make espresso because I do not have any real coffee in my house.

Result of my home made cappuccino challenge – a real non starter.

What Have I Learned?

It may be possible to make a cappuccino at home without a machine but you do need to have some other basic stuff that I just don’t have. I doubt I will buy real coffee because I do not drink it that often. (I am a true Brit and love my cup of tea) I also know that the good stuff should be used within a certain amount of time to really get a great flavour from the beans. It would also be safe to assume that I will not be investing in a coffee machine any time soon.

I feel that my experiment has proved that if you love your cappuccino you have the choice of buying a good quality cappuccino maker or simply popping down to your local Starbucks, Costa Coffee or Java Hut to get your fix.

If anyone has any helpful suggestions for a home made cappuccino without a machine, I would love to hear from you.

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    10 years ago

    Okay, so I don't think anyone else has mentioned this but it works perfectly every time for me.

    When you near the end of a (plastic) bottle of milk (4 pinter works best), make sure theres roughly the amount of milk you'd like in your coffee in the bottle, and pop it in the microwave. After a minute or so, take it out and shake it like a cocktail shaker! This will give you hot frothy milk and a load of foam for the top :)

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    10 years ago

    This is another way :

    ingredients- Milk sugar coffee chocolate powder

    method-Heat bothe the milk and the sugar together for 2 minutes.Then into a blender pour the milk and sugar together.with the coffee 1-2 minutes stop until you start to see it foam. pour into a cup then add a pinch of chocolate powder.Bravo Finally Drink ....(Only 12 and i know how to do it)

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    10 years ago

    make this coffee at home all the time...make your coffee in the normal way with a cafetiere and half fill you cup add your sugar if required.put half a cup of milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil whisking all the time you will find the milk will go very frothy as the milk begins to boil.pour milk into coffee and spoon froth on top...for a final touch drip a small amount of coffee that's left in the cafetiere to put a bit of colour in the cappuccino as good as starbucks if not better cause you made it.....phil

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    10 years ago

    Only instant coffee and no machine? Arright, try this out for one cup:

    All you need is instant coffee, milk, water, sugar, a spoon, a mug and a strong arm!

    Put 1 cup of milk to boil. While you wait for it to boil, whip your coffee:

    Put one spoon of coffee and up to 2 spoons of sugar in the mug, and add one drop of water - just ONE drop!

    Whip it with your spoon. Keep adding drops of water when it gets too thick to stir. Eventually you should get a LIGHT BROWN paste. I usually stop at this time due to laziness, but ideally the paste should be almost white.

    Pour in the boiled milk and stir! It should automatically be foamy cuz of all of the whipping.

    This doesn't really count as a cappuccino, but it totally beats the normal instant coffee! You can make it stronger with more coffee powder!

    For a less milky one:

    Bring milk to a SLOW boil on the stove - you'll automatically get foam.

    After you add the milk to your normal black (and sugared) coffee, take an empty mug and pour the liquid quickly into it from a good height above the rim, i.e., the purpose is to trap air and mix it well, not to simply transfer it rim to rim. Then pour it back into the first cup the same way, rapidly.

    Keep pouring it back and forth, until it's frothy - just don't do it for too long, or it'll get cold. :P

    Let me know if these work for you! They work well for me. :)

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    10 years ago

    wow that is easy and i am 85 and i mite be old but i can always count on a good cappuccino to start my day not that i drink it everyday anyway

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    10 years ago

    my cappichino was great

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    11 years ago

    Starbucks coffee is not about the coffee actually, its more of the price, of affording something that not all can afford. So, I made my own cappucccino at home using my blender, instant coffee (the one with bigger beans and stronger aroma than usual), and my imagination.

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    Victoria Virgo 

    11 years ago from London, UK

    Nelle - Thanks for the support. still on the look out for the perfect cappuccino without having to resort to Starbucks. lol.

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    Nelle Hoxie 

    11 years ago

    I really enjoyed this hub and am going to give your cappucino method a try. Loved your issues and reality quips. They really made me smile. A tea-loving Brit makes fancy coffee - the hard way. I even remembered to rate it up!

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    practical coffee 

    11 years ago

    IKEA sells battery powered milk frothers for under $3.50CDN and they work like a charm. Also If you want to brew stronger coffee (without buying espresso) chagne the ratio of water to coffee scoops from 2 cups water: 1 scoop coffee; to 1 cup water: 1 scoop coffee; should give the espresso like appeal.

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    Richard McCallum 

    11 years ago

    Hi, this is my first time on Hub and when I read your question I could not help but comment. I was recently a co-host for a television show in the eastern townships of Quebec called ETTV and we did a segment on barristas. I think I have the answer to your question and it is really simple. You will need a pot of hot water, I presume at your local supermarket (or flea market) you can find a simple plastic holder for coffee filters , in Canada we have the Melita which I am sure you can find on e-bay. At your supermarket (or coffee store) purchase the coffee of your choice and have them give you a fine grind. The same place will sell paper filters. Place the holder over your cup or coffee pot and place the paper filter inside and put in one rounded teaspoon of the fine ground coffee per cup then pour 3/4cup of hot water per cup . Dump out the rest of hot water and put the pot back on the stove, add 1/2 cup of skim milk and scald at a low heat When it foams you will have frothed milk, make sure to constantly stir, then pour the milk into your prepared coffee , sweeten to taste, dust with cinnamon and cocoa and enjoy, I prefer mine with cognac or Benedictine!This recipe is from the cafe's of Paris during the 1930s when everyone enjoyed these delicious coffee drinks without fancy machines!

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    11 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Oh no! I absolutely love cappuccinos, but the last thing I need to do is make them for myself at home. Of course, I'm only partially joking. This is a great set of instructions, and I think I'll serve these with dessert at my next dinner party.

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    11 years ago

    I can not enjoy any product unless there is some value to it even if someone else is buying it for me. The cost of the Starbucks Cappuccino is so high and I just can not enjoy it no matter how good it is, and its not that good really.

    I make my own. Take full cream organic milk, add organic granulated sugar, warm them and shake in a blender. Take instant coffee and add it to full cream milk, give it a quick boil. Pour the coffee in a cup and on top of that, add the frothed milk. Total cost to me is probably 10% of what we pay at Starbucks. Time taken is 5-10 minutes. Not to mention, I have used better milk and sugar than they do at Starbucks. One problem with this recipe is that some people may not like the idea of instant coffee, I happen to like instant coffee over the roasted coffee.

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    11 years ago

    i just get 1 cofee maker fore 25 dowlaas hehehe i still not know how make cofee (mine look like poop) haha

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    11 years ago

    @ hospitalera :

    wrist/elbow grease to froth? nah... battery powered frother. it's a hand held device, it's quite small-ish, and works wonders! :)

    @ Tiptopcat :

    no problemo! :)

    (i will add that home made is great... but it is no comparison to Starbucks. *le sigh* ... I could really go for a macchiato right about now.)

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    Victoria Virgo 

    11 years ago from London, UK

    @nikki - cool information. Thank for that.

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    11 years ago

    two words:

    french press.

    two more words:

    milk frother.

    here we have a Kitchen Stuff Plus (not sure if you have them in the UK), but you can get a milk frother for $8 (cad), and a french press for anywhere from $8-$20 (cad).

    you can either also get a grinder (between $10-$15 cad).

    Directions for a cappuccino:

    -get a small bag of roasted coffee beans, and grind the amount needed just before the use.

    -follow instructions on how to use the french press (simple!!!)

    -microwave your milk, and pour 3/4 of it into your mug.

    -use the frother on the remaining 1/4 of milk. pour your french-pressed coffee (which you can make strong by using double the amount of coffee grinds you'd use, OR you can grind espresso beans in a course grinde)...

    -then apply the froth/foam to the top of the mug.

    -sprinkle with cocoa powder or cinnamon, and there's your cappuccino! ;)

    I also have a great recipe for an iced coffee beverage that mimics the frappiccino at starbucks on my foodie blog.... ;) you need a blender for it though...

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    11 years ago

    Use a hand whisk and elbow- / wrist-grease to froth up the milk? SY

  • Tiptopcat profile imageAUTHOR

    Victoria Virgo 

    12 years ago from London, UK

    @rb11 - True, Starbucks is the King of cappuccino, but it is nice to try to experiment, even if it doesn't work out. lol

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    12 years ago from Las Vegas

    I'm not much of a cappuccino or coffee drinker, but now that you made a hub about this I have to say I don't know anyone who makes their own. Everyone I know of buys it at a starbucks or the likes. Strange, huh?



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