Often, we think we can't make an authentic Italian cappuccino at home. We have to go to a cafè or buy an expensive machine and take a barista course in coffee making. But did you know you can actually make a great cappuccino at home with nothing more than your Nespresso coffee machine?
Well, your Nespresso coffee machine and really good coffee. If you're in the market for Italian Nespresso pods, you can't really go past Gimoka. Started in Italy's bars and caffes more than 50 years ago, Gimoka has only recently begun supplying the Italian home drinker with their Nespresso compatible pods.
Made on site at the family's coffee roaster on Lake Como, Gimoka's coffee capsules are blended expertly from the best environmentally and economically Fair Trade beans sourced from all over the world. They're packaged in heat sealed capsules, so they won't lose their flavour even weeks after opening, which means you can enjoy an authentic Italian espresso without leaving your kitchen. The pods are also entirely recyclable and organic, so your conscience is clear too!
So armed with your Nespresso coffee machine, milk and some Nespresso compatible capsules, you're ready to make a truly awesome Italian cappuccino.
The first step is to heat up your milk. If you have a frother at home, you can use that. Otherwise, just heat your milk in the microwave or on the stove and then whiz in a blender or with a stick blender until frothy. It should only take a minute. Give it a stir and set to one side.
The second step is to make your Italian espresso. Always heat up your coffee mug with a bit of boiling water before brewing. Otherwise your coffee will be cold before you can even take that first sip. Grab an Italian Nespresso compatible pod. We love Gimoka's Intenso blend for our cappuccino. It's sweet and strongly flavoured so you don't have to add any sugar or worry about the milk overwhelming your coffee.
Turn on your Nespresso coffee machine and leave to heat up. You never want to brew an espresso with a cold machine. By doing that, the coffee doesn't infuse properly and you end up with a weak and unpleasant coffee. So once your Nespresso coffee machine has heated up, grab your pod and start brewing. As the coffee pours out, tilt your glass slightly to ensure the coffee runs down the sides of the cup.
Lastly, add your milk and top with a little of the milk froth. A dusting of chocolate powder is great too.
And that's it. The perfect Italian cappuccino with nothing more than your Nespresso coffee machine and some great Italian Nespresso pods. Enjoy!