How to make Cappuccino with Nespresso

A creamy and velvety cappuccino, a classic Italian coffee beverage that is a staple in cafes around the world, is a favorite of coffee lovers everywhere.

But have you ever wondered how to make cappuccino with Nespresso in the comfort of your home?

In this article, l will take you on a journey to make the perfect cappuccino using your Nespresso machine. From the choice of Nespresso pods to the frothing of milk, I will provide you with easy-to-follow steps and tips that will help you achieve the perfect balance of coffee and milk in your cup. 

So sit back, relax, and get ready to impress your taste buds with a delicious and authentic cappuccino that you can make right at home with your Nespresso machine!

Cappuccino with Nespresso

Cappuccino: The Perfect Marriage of Espresso and Frothed Milk!

Cappuccino is a popular coffee beverage made with espresso and steamed milk, and typically topped with foam. It is a staple in many coffee shops around the world and is often enjoyed as a morning or mid-day pick-me-up.

Typically Nespresso is prepared with equal ratios of each Espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk (2 ounces of each).


Fun fact: The name “cappuccino” comes from the Capuchin Friars, a religious order that was founded in Italy in the 16th century. The color of the cappuccino is said to resemble the color of the Capuchin robe, which is a light brown or beige.

Can you make cappuccino with a Nespresso machine?

Yes, you can definitely make a cappuccino with a Nespresso machine. Nespresso is a popular brand of single-serve coffee makers that use pre-packaged coffee pods to make coffee quickly and easily.

Nespresso machines are available in two main lines, the Original line, and the Vertuo line.

Nespresso machine

The Original line is the classic Nespresso model that works similarly to traditional Espresso machines using a pump to force water through coffee grounds

These machines use small, single-serve coffee pods to make espresso and Lungo coffee drinks.

The Vertuo line is a newer line of machines that can make both espresso and larger cups of coffee using different-sized pods.

Some Nespresso machines come with a built-in milk frother, such as the Lattissima and Creatista models. These machines are even more convenient for making cappuccinos as they can froth milk and prepare Espresso at the touch of a single button.

However, entry-level models like the Essenza and Pixie do not have a built-in milk frother. Therefore, to make a cappuccino with these machines, you will need to froth the milk separately using a Nespresso Aeroccino or another frother.

Making Cappuccino with Nespresso Vertuo and Entry level models

Making a delicious cappuccino is easy, even if you have an entry-level Nespresso machine or a Vertuo line machine without a built-in milk frother.

All you need is to follow a few simple steps, and you’ll be sipping on a rich and creamy cappuccino in no time.

Here’s how to do it:

1. First, brew espresso shots using your favorite coffee capsules.

Typically Cappuccino is prepared with a double shot of Espresso, so if you have a Vertuo machine, use a double Espresso pod, or if you have an Original line machine use two single Espresso pods and brew them one after another.

2. Next, froth milk using a Nespresso Aeroccino, which is a handy milk frother that makes perfect frothed milk every time. (Use 3-5 ounces of milk for a single serving)

But if you don’t have a frother, don’t worry! You can still froth milk without a frother by heating the milk on the stove or in the microwave until it’s hot but not boiling. Then, use a whisk, mason jar, or a handheld milk frother to froth the milk until it’s thick and frothy.

3. Once the milk is frothed, pour it into my espresso shot, holding back the foam with a spoon. Finally, top the cappuccino with the remaining foam

This allows the milk and espresso to mix together and foam will float on the top creating the signature cappuccino flavor.

Some tips to make Nespresso Cappuccino Better

1- For the best results, use fresh, cold milk and ensure that it is not too hot or too cold when frothing. Ideally, the milk temperature should be around 55-65°C for a perfect cappuccino.

2- Don’t overheat the milk. This can cause the milk to scorch and ruin the flavor.

3- Use whole milk for the best results. Low-fat or skim milk can also be used, but it won’t create as much foam as whole milk.

4- Be adventurous with your toppings. Cinnamon, chocolate, or even a dash of chili powder. As long as it’s not anchovies, go crazy.

5- Choosing the right coffee capsule for your cappuccino is like choosing the right outfit for a party. You want something that’s bold, and confident, and will make you stand out from the crowd. Personally, I like to use dark roasted capsules as they pair well with the creaminess of the milk. (Scroll to the bottom to find out which Nespresso Capsule I love for Cappuccino)

5- Experiment with the amount of milk and foam to find your perfect cappuccino ratio.

With these tips and steps, you’ll be able to make a delicious cappuccino with an entry-level Nespresso machine or Vertuo line machine without a built-in milk frother in no time!

Also Read: How to make Nespresso Iced Coffee

Making Cappuccino with Nespresso Lattissima and Creatista

If you’re lucky enough to own a Nespresso Lattissima or Creatista, making a perfect cappuccino couldn’t be easier.

I don’t think you need a guide if you have these wonderful machines, but anyways, Here’s a step-by-step guide.

  1. Fill the milk container with fresh milk. For best results, make sure the milk is cold and fresh, straight from the fridge.
  1. Select the cappuccino option on your machine. This will prompt the machine to start brewing the espresso shot and frothing the milk simultaneously.
  1. Wait for the machine to froth the milk and dispense the espresso shot. This usually takes less than a minute.
  1. And after the Espresso shot the machine will start dispensing frothed milk on the top of the Espresso shot.

Tip: Clean the milk container and frother after each use to ensure that the milk doesn’t spoil and the machine stays in good condition.

The best milk for Cappuccino

When it comes to making a cappuccino with Nespresso, the milk you choose can make or break your drink. So, don’t be a milk traitor and stick to whole milk like it’s your ride or die.

It’s got that perfect fat content that’ll give your cappuccino that velvety, creamy texture that’ll make you feel like you’re drinking liquid gold.

However, you can use any type of milk you prefer, including skim, 2%, or almond milk.

If you want a dairy-free option, oat milk has become a popular choice for frothing due to its creamy texture and ability to foam well. Soy milk is another popular option, although it doesn’t form proper froth like dairy milk or oat milk.

It’s also important to note that the temperature of the milk can impact the quality of the froth. Milk should be cold when frothing to achieve the best results.

If the milk is too warm or hot, it can scorch and ruin the froth. The ideal temperature for milk when frothing for a cappuccino is around 140-155°F (60-68°C). This temperature range allows for the milk to properly emulsify and create a creamy, velvety texture without scorching or burning. 

Another important factor to consider is the freshness of the milk. Using fresh, cold milk straight from the fridge will result in better frothing and a creamier texture. Avoid using milk that is close to its expiration date or has been sitting in the fridge for too long.

In the end, the best milk for cappuccino is a matter of personal preference. So, experiment away, my cappuccino-loving friends, and may your cappuccinos always be creamy and dreamy.

What Nespresso pods are best for cappuccino?

When it comes to making a delicious cappuccino with Nespresso, choosing the right pod is key.

Here are some of my favorite Nespresso pods to consider for a rich and flavorful cappuccino:

Vertuo line Pods

  1. Double Espresso Scuro: This high-intensity pod is a blend of Central American Arabicas with a touch of Robusta. It has a bold and intense flavor with notes of cocoa and vanilla, making it a great choice for a strong cappuccino.
Double Espresso Scuro
  1. Double Espresso Chiaro: If you prefer a slightly milder cappuccino, the Double Espresso Chiaro is a great option. It’s a medium-intensity blend of South and Central America Arabica beans, delivering a balanced and smooth flavor with fruity and earthy notes.
Nespresso double Espresso Chiaro

Original line Pods

1. India Master Origin: This intense and spicy pod is made with a blend of Indian monsoon processed Robusta and Arabica beans, giving it a bold and full-bodied flavor with hints of pepper and cloves. It’s a great choice for a strong and flavorful cappuccino.

Nespresso india master origin

2. Palermo Kazaar: For a truly intense cappuccino, the Kazaar pod is a top pick. It’s a blend of two Robustas from Brazil and dark roasted Arabica from South America, delivering a powerful and rich flavor with notes of pepper and oak.

These Nespresso pods are specifically designed for cappuccino lovers. So, pick the one that suits your taste preference and brew a perfect cup of cappuccino with Nespresso.

If you’re looking for an alternative to Nespresso pods, you can try using high-intensity espresso pods from Lavazza, Illy, or Starbucks, for the original line machines.

When selecting a pod for cappuccino, always go for a high Nespresso intensity level to ensure the flavor can hold up when mixed with milk.

You can try different Nespresso pods to find the perfect match for your taste. Everyone’s preferences are unique, so experiment until you find your perfect cappuccino pod!

Read a detailed article on Best Nespresso Pods for Latte and Cappuccino

Nespresso Cappuccino Recipe

With a Nespresso machine, making a cappuccino is a quick and easy process that can satisfy your coffee cravings anytime you want.
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Johny Morrisson


  • Nespresso Machine
  • Milk Forther


  • 1 or 2 Nespresso Pods High Intensity coffee pods preferred
  • 4-5 oz Whole Milk


  • First, brew espresso shots using your favorite coffee capsules.
  • Next, froth milk using a Nespresso Aeroccino, which is a handy milk frother that makes perfect frothed milk every time.
  • Once the milk is frothed, pour it into my espresso shot, holding back the foam with a spoon. Finally, top the cappuccino with the remaining foam

Final Thoughts on Nespresso Cappuccino

I can say with confidence that Nespresso is a game-changer when it comes to making cappuccinos at home. The convenience and quality of the Nespresso system is unmatched, and it’s a great way to start your day or unwind in the evening.

But don’t just take my word for it. Try it out for yourself! Experiment with different milk types, Nespresso pods, and frothing techniques until you find the perfect combination that suits your taste. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new.

And remember, making a great cappuccino is not just about the end result, it’s about the process as well. Take the time to enjoy the smell of the freshly brewed espresso, the sound of the frothing milk, and the satisfying feeling of pouring the creamy milk over the espresso. It’s these small moments that make the experience all the more special.

So go ahead, grab your Nespresso machine, and start brewing. Your perfect cup of cappuccino is just a few minutes away.

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Can you just froth milk in a Nespresso machine?

No, most Nespresso machines don’t have a built-in milk frother. However, you can purchase the Nespresso Aeroccino milk frother separately, which can froth both hot and cold milk for your cappuccinos, lattes, and more.

How many pods for a cappuccino?

A standard cappuccino requires two shots of espresso (about 2 oz or 60 ml) and 4 oz (120 ml) of milk.
Therefore, you can use a double Espresso pod in the case of Nespresso Vertuo or two single pods in the case of Nespresso Original.
However, you can also use a single Espresso shot for Espresso depending on your taste.

Johny Morrisson is a passionate coffee enthusiast and an avid blogger dedicated to exploring the world of coffee.

Whether it's repairing or troubleshooting coffee equipment, reviewing cutting-edge brewing machines, or delving into the latest coffee trends, Johny's writing captivates readers and invites them on a flavorful journey.

When he's not writing, Johny enjoys traveling, seeking inspiration from different cultures and coffee traditions worldwide.