How to make Cappuccino with Nespresso

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Johny Morrisson

Whether you’re a newbie or a coffee connoisseur, mastering the cappuccino on a Nespresso machine simply takes a few essential steps.

No barista skills required! With the rich, concentrated espresso shot from your Nespresso pod and perfectly frothed milk, you can easily create layered cappuccinos bursting with flavor.

Nespresso Cappuccino Recipe

Making a cappuccino with Nespresso is a quick and easy process with just a few ingrdients
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 in the Nespresso machine.
    Prepare two shots of Espresso for regular Cappuccino serving and stronger coffee taste
  • Next, froth milk using a Nespresso Aeroccino, which is a handy milk frother that makes perfect frothed milk every time.
    You can also froth the milk manually in a blender or with a whisk
  • 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

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 Cappuccino is prepared with equal ratios of 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. Simply use your Nespresso to pull the concentrated espresso shot, then froth milk with a whisk, electric frother, or steam wand. Combine the smooth steamed milk with the espresso shot in a cup to create a layered, cafe-style cappuccino.

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.

Nespresso machine

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.

how to make 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 the 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.

5- Choosing the right coffee capsule for your cappuccino is like choosing the right outfit for a party. You want something bold, and confident, and will make the Coffee flavors stand out from the crowd. Personally, I like to use high-intensity capsules as they pair well with the creaminess of the milk.

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 in 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 anyway, 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

I always recommend going with whole milk for Capuccino. It has 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.

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).

What Nespresso pods are best for cappuccino?

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.
  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.

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.

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.

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.

Read a detailed article on Best Nespresso Pods for Cappuccino

Final Thoughts

You must Experiment with different milk types, Coffee capsules, and frothing techniques to match your desired taste while making Cappuccino with Nespresso. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new.

If you have some exclusive tips for Nespresso Cappuccino, please share with us in the comments!

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Johny Morrison is a founder and content creator at Coffee About. He knows everything there is to know about coffee and loves sharing his passion with others.

You can often find him sipping a single-origin pour-over, rich French press, or pulling espresso shots at home. Johny loves full-bodied dark roasts – the bolder, the better!

As a former barista, he takes coffee equipment seriously and enjoys experimenting with the latest gear. When he’s not brewing or blogging, Johny is scouting local cafes for his next coffee fix.

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