How to Make a Cappuccino (Without Using an Espresso Machine)

Updated on December 4, 2019
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I work at Tim Hortons and still don't like paying all the money for cappuccinos every day. But, man, are they good!

This article will provide you with a recipe for making a quality cappuccino, even if you don't have an espresso machine.
This article will provide you with a recipe for making a quality cappuccino, even if you don't have an espresso machine. | Source

I was a bit skeptical when I first started looking for cappuccino recipes that didn't require an espresso machine or a foaming wand, but when I tried out this recipe I was pleasantly surprised.

The cappuccino was good. Really good. Just as good as the ones I serve at Tim Hortons. (You know those powder-based ones that you can get at every gas station, but we like to charge twice as much, because we're better than Speedway.) And honestly, they're probably better for you, since God only knows what they put in those powders.

Now, your homemade cappuccino won't look as pretty as the one pictured above—unless you're one of those cool people who can draw pretty pictures in their coffee—but this recipe will taste good enough, be fast enough, and be cheap enough that it won't matter what it looks like.

Your cappuccino may not look as visually inspiring as this one, but it can still taste pretty good!
Your cappuccino may not look as visually inspiring as this one, but it can still taste pretty good! | Source

How to Make a Fancy Cappuccino (Without a Machine)

This recipe isn't mine, but it's still a great one I found and wanted to share. I've also included a good video that I found as well.


  • Milk (I used 2%, but any type should work.)
  • Coffee


  1. Make coffee however you prefer it—though you won't need as much sugar, since there's so much milk. Make sure you have room for the foam.
  2. Microwave milk in an open Mason jar, or any container with a reliable lid that won't allow spills, for about 1 minute. (While the container is in the microwave, the lid should not be on.)
  3. Take the container with warm milk out of the microwave. Apply lid securely and shake; the longer you shake, the foamier it will be. I shook it for about 1 minute.
  4. Add milk and foam to the coffee and stir.
  5. Enjoy your cappuccino.


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