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Posted Sun Dec 15, 2013, 12:14pm
Subject: How do I make cappuccino foam?
 

So I've been at this for a year and a half. At this point I can make lattes like there's no tomorrow qr pouring a Rosetta almost every time and making decent microfoam with everything from half and half to whole milk. But recently I've been trying my hand at that most 80s of espresso drinks, cappucino. I know what they are supposed to look like and I've been served a good cap with mountains of spongy, dry foam. But try as I might, I seem to be hard-wired for latte foam and I don't know how to build up a good head of cappuccino froth. Can anyone give me some pointers? Im wondering if its a limitation of steam power on my machine. Most guides on Google are for people who don't have the experience or equipment we do on CG or HB. Thanks!
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Posted Sun Dec 15, 2013, 6:14pm
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Just stretch more.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 16, 2013, 7:31am
Subject: Re: How do I make cappuccino foam?
 

Yep, what she said. The issue most noobs have is TOO much foam (not saying you are a noob, it is a general statement) They have to learn to stretch less, you seem to be having a hard time stretching enough for a cap.

In fact, give this a try, JUST stretch do not get the milk swirling. It will get to temp and you will have two distinct layers, the milk layer and the foam layer.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:35am
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I will try that! I guess I really am hard-wired for making microfoam at this point.
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