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Posted Fri Aug 21, 2009, 2:28pm
Subject: how much do you use for a cappuccino?
 

Hi,
I've read through the guides on making espresso drinks, but I'm looking for a bit more detail.   Suppose you're going to make a cappuccino that goes into a 5/6oz mug.  How much espresso do you use, about a 2.5oz shot (14g)?  How much milk do you start with before you start foaming?

I guess the same goes for making a latte.  I've tried making a few at home and although they taste fine, they seem to be "weaker" than what I'd typically get at a cafe. I use 14g of espresso which goes into a 2.5oz (70ml) shot.  I then start with about 3.5oz (100ml) of milk to make 7oz (200ml) of foamed milk.  It makes a kind of a small drink.

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Posted Fri Aug 21, 2009, 2:40pm
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The capps I make for my wife are pretty simply created.  Roughy 17gm dose, to make 1 1/2 oz shot, into a 5-6 oz. capp cup, then fill with micro foam and (hopefully) some modest latte art.  I don't know if that is the "correct" ratio, but she likes it, and for me, that is the point.
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Posted Fri Aug 21, 2009, 4:56pm
Subject: Re: how much do you use for a cappuccino?
 

There are official ways to make capps and lattes, but since you have the luxury of making them at home, make them however you like.

I used to get lattes from Dunkin Donuts all the time, those drinks were 2 oz of espresso and 8-12 oz of milk, and for the most part I liked them.

But when I started making them at home, I found that I liked much less milk in my drinks. My favorite now is 2 oz of espresso and only 4 oz of micro-foam milk. Yes, it's a small drink, so what I'll do is just have two :). Or if I'm on the go, I'll make a double double, 4 oz of espresso and 8 oz of milk.

I always dose my espresso to 14g, and I pull 2 oz. When I steam milk, I'll put in half of what I need since it will double in volume. Although somehow I always end up with too much and dump it in the sink.

There is no right or wrong, experiment to find out what you like.
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Posted Sun Sep 6, 2009, 12:57pm
Subject: Re: how much do you use for a cappuccino?
 

I've been working on the frothing and thought I'd come back to this.  So for the typical cappuccino, I would start with only 2oz of milk, and then stretch it to 4oz?  With the 2oz of espresso that would make the 6oz cappuccino.  And I guess for a latte maybe a good start is 4oz of milk, stretched to 6oz.

I know that since I'm making for myself at home that I can do whatever I want, but....  Any time I see a person frothing milk either at the cafe or on youtube, they're always using some fairly largeish milk pitcher.  Definitely not starting with just 2oz.  So I'm curious if there are strong benefits to starting with more milk to get nice foam, etc.

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Posted Sun Sep 6, 2009, 8:52pm
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Frothing only 2oz of milk can be tough.  Its doable, for sure, but tough, since things happen so quick and you have almost ZERO room for error.

When I make a Cappa, it goes in a 5oz cup.  The shot volume varies depending on the bean im using.  It might be a 1oz ristretto, it might be a 2oz normale.  But, whatever size the shot, the rest of the cup is milk.

I use a 12oz pitcher, and fill it about a 1/4in or so below where the spout starts.. Id say about 2/3full.  If Im making more drinks, then a bigger pitcher is Neccesary.  Id rather waste some milk, then have a less then great drink.

There is a "sweet spot" for the amount of milk which your particular machine handles best.  On my machine, I have the easiest time STARTING with about 10-12oz of milk in a 20oz pitcher, regardless of how much waste thier is.  Its been a LONG time since Ive had a 12oz latte.

 
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Posted Mon Sep 7, 2009, 6:17am
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I'm so craving for one right now.
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Posted Mon Sep 7, 2009, 3:15pm
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I try to keep myself to 6 ounces max.  I have some 5 ounce Moka Brown cups that I got from Sweet Maria's that have sort of become my "standard".

My wife likes cappucinos of around 10 ounces but to me, thats moving into latte territory...
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Posted Mon Sep 7, 2009, 4:36pm
Subject: Re: how much do you use for a cappuccino?
 

shmish Said:

 Suppose you're going to make a cappuccino...  How much espresso do you use...?

Posted August 21, 2009 link

 All of it!


There is no rule. The ratio of
    espresso : milk : foam : whatever
          ... is whatever you want it to be.

 
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Posted Tue Sep 8, 2009, 8:09pm
Subject: Re: how much do you use for a cappuccino?
 

frcn Said:

There is no rule. The ratio of
    espresso : milk : foam : whatever
          ... is whatever you want it to be.

Posted September 7, 2009 link

Well, while that's true in any coffee shop in any part of this country, and as sad as that really is, there is a rule.
The Italian Government (remember them, the guys that run the country that espresso and cappuccino were invented in) got tired of folks like the Green Monster abusing their language and history, and decided that they'd officially describe what espresso and cappuccino actually are.  The INEI have defined both, and the best my Italian can do is to decide that it is 100ml of steamed milk and 25ml of espresso in a porcelain cup of 150-160ml capacity.
If you want to believe them...

 
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