We love our local baristas for knowing the tricks to make a perfect iced cappuccino. The drink seems complicated, with its precise blend of rich, foamy milk and strong, bitter espresso.
If you’re tired of spending half of your paycheck on artisan coffee drinks or want to try a new skill, making your iced cappuccino is a simple, easily mastered ability.
We introduce you to the necessary ingredients, explain some of the equipment, and teach you the basic steps to follow, explaining how to make an iced cappuccino.
Iced cappuccino is easy to make at home. No need to spend a lot of money at a coffee shop. You need only four ingredients to make your delicious iced cappuccino:
- Sweetener (optional)
The espresso is the only ingredient you can’t get premade; with a little practice and refinement, you’ll be able to make your espresso in no time.
Espresso is the most essential ingredient in iced cappuccino. Everyone’s heard of it, but few of us understand how precisely the beverage is defined.
In its simplest form, espresso is a small amount of concentrated coffee.
True espresso, however, needs to reach very precise standards. The Italian Espresso National Institute’s clear authority on the subject- defines specific parameters for authentic espresso.
These factors include:
While it may be challenging to attain the precise elements that robust institutions require, a cup of espresso should meet these qualifications to be considered authentic:
- Amount of Ground Coffee: 7 grams
- The heat of the Water Running Through the Machine: 88 degrees Celsius, plus or minus two degrees
- The heat of the Liquid in the Cup: 67 degrees Celsius, plus or minus three degrees
- Entry Water Pressure: Nine bars, plus or minus one
- Percolation Time: 25 seconds, plus or minus five seconds
- Viscosity at 45 degrees Celsius: less than 1.5 millipascal second
- Total Fat: Less than two milligrams per milliliter
- Caffeine: Less than 100 milligrams per cup
- Milliliters per cup (including foam): 25 milliliters, plus or minus 2.5 milliliters
Now that we’ve defined espresso, let’s make some iced cappuccino.
1. Make the Espresso
If you have espresso beans and water, you can brew the coffee. There are various methods to achieve perfect, powerful espresso, which you choose hinges heavily on your future coffee intentions.
An Espresso Machine
Espresso machines make coffee-shop-quality espresso. The clever device does all the necessary work, from grinding the bean to brewing the coffee.
Many espresso machines include steam wands, which will come in handy for creating the foam for an iced cappuccino.
The relatively high price is an espresso machine’s primary drawback. There are cheap options on the market; you can get an espresso machine for as little as fifty dollars.
However, for authentic espresso, the device needs to contain four components:
- A drip tray
- A stainless steel base
- A steamed milk frother
- A water reserve
True espresso machines are pretty expensive. This is where you need to assess your commitment to coffee. How important is meeting the Italian Espresso National Institute’s standards to you?
Do you drink espresso independently, or are you only hoping to use it as an ingredient in your iced cappuccino?
The machine is a worthwhile investment if you plan to drink espresso on its own. A lower-end, authentic device costs about 400 dollars.
However, the machines easily run into the thousands if you’ve recently acquired an inheritance you’re hoping to spend.
However, a cheaper machine may be more worthwhile if you simply use espresso as an ingredient.
You’ll be mixing the espresso with milk and sweetener for your iced cappuccino, so authenticity may not be your greatest concern.
Making the Espresso
Making espresso with a machine is relatively simple. Perfecting your shot may require some finesse and refinements, however, brewing the cup requires only three steps:
- Grind the Beans: This is the most time and energy-intensive step. Beans may require more than one grinding to reach the appropriate fineness. Use nine grams of coffee for a single shot and eighteen for a double. Water must be pushed through the grounds, so ensure they are fine.
- Pack the Grounds: Pack your grounds tightly into the portafilter. You want to compress them into a firm disc. Keep the grounds level and straight as possible.
- Pour the Shot: The machine does most of the work for this step. After you put the portafilter into the machine, simply push a button and let your espresso maker do its thing. It should take between 25 and 30 seconds to pull and include a thick, creamy foam.
Portable Espresso Makers
Limited space and funds shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your favorite coffee drinks. A portable espresso maker requires little storage area and is much kinder to your wallet than a full espresso maker.
These clever little devices won’t make as authentic an espresso as a machine. However, the brew is delicious and close in quality to the more expensive sip created by a countertop espresso maker.
Portable espresso makers are the definition of simplicity. Many come with a portafilter designed to hold the recommended nine grams of espresso grounds, so you don’t need to fret about measuring.
Hook the portafilter into the device’s body, which contains a well. Add boiling water to the well, close the machine and let it work its magic.
Flip the whole thing over, push a button, and have a well-made espresso shot.
A portable espresso machine fits comfortably in your grip. The device is about the size of a pint glass, so you can take it with you on vacation and make your iced cappuccino in your hotel room.
Additionally, the gadget costs about 65 dollars, a much more reasonable expenditure than a full espresso machine.
French presses are must-have devices for coffee aficionados; you may already have one for your morning cup of joe.
However, a French press serves purposes beyond brewing the espresso for new java fans hoping to make their iced cappuccino.
The French press can’t make a completely authentic shot of espresso because it can’t produce the creamy foam.
However, the taste is spot-on, making it an excellent choice for beverages like iced cappuccino, where the taste of the espresso matters more than the exact physical makeup.
Making the Espresso
Making French press espresso is a simple process requiring a little more time than those we’ve listed. We’re looking at four minutes versus 30 seconds, so while it’s a large difference, it’s certainly not veering into untenable lengths.
The other primary and most important difference is that you should only ground your beans to a medium fineness for French press espresso.
Most methods require extremely fine grindings, which will result in sediment with a French press.
Follow these simple steps for French press espresso:
- Grind the beans: Use half a cup of dark roast espresso beans. Grind them to medium fineness.
- Heat Water: Heat the water to between 200 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Use three-quarters of a cup and two tablespoons of water.
- Add the Coffee: Pour the grounds into the French press. Pour the hot water over the grounds and stir the brew. Let the mixture sit for four minutes.
- Plunge: French press lids have a plunger attached. Put the lid on the canister and depress the plunger to the bottom of the vessel.
This method makes flavorful, rich espresso. Additionally, a French press is cost-effective; the machines usually cost about twenty dollars.
2. Cool it Down
Fill a glass with six to eight ice cubes. Pour your hot espresso over the ice to cool the brew down. Using a stranger, transfer the cold coffee into another glass while leaving the ice behind.
Use a large glass; add milk to the cooled coffee, so you’ll need extra room.
Add between three and four ounces of milk to the mixture, depending on your taste.
3. Make Foam
Steam three or four ounces of whole milk to create a thick foam. A steam wand is the easiest way to achieve this.
However, if you don’t have a steam wand, pour the milk into a jar, cover the container and give it a good shake. Uncover the jar and microwave the milk for 30 seconds.
Take the tightest part of the foam and add it to your cappuccino.
4. Sweeten (if Necessary)
Everyone has different tastes! Maybe the iced cappuccino is sweet enough for you as it is. However, if the drink is too bitter, add some sweetener to taste.
Whether sugar, stevia, agave, or another one of your favorite sweeteners, you can’t go wrong with the flavor combination.
Now that you see how simple iced cappuccino is to make, gather your supplies, and start impressing your friends.
You need four ingredients: espresso, milk, ice, and sweetener. Once you’ve learned to make espresso, you’ll be unstoppable.