Meghan Casey Cappuccino Machines July 24th, 2018 - 03:46:24
What makes a good cappuccino? Well the most important feature of a cappuccino and that which sets it apart from other styles of coffee is the foam topping. While this keeps the coffee warmer for longer and can add a unique taste to the coffee it is traditionally quite difficult to prepare. If you only have a filter coffee maker the only real way of preparing the foam would be to do it with a hand-held steamer but this may be quite awkward and may not produce the desired results every time. This is really only an option if cappuccino is something you drink only rarely. Most cappuccino machines have the facility to prepare the topping at the same time as the coffee which makes life a little easier. If you choose a fully-automated cappuccino machine then it is even easier as the machine will take care of everything including the foam topping all at the push of only one button.
While you may think that you have to sacrifice drinking other styles of coffee if you get a cappuccino maker this is not necessarily the case. Many models of cappuccino maker which are currently available on the market recognise that people probably dont want to drink cappuccino all the time. Traditionally Italians only drink cappuccino and other milk-based coffees in the morning and stick to espresso later on in the day. So it makes sense that you should be able to make the same choices when making coffee at home. Many models now offer the facility to create different styles of coffee with a combination machine without sacrificing any of the quality of either drink. The way that this is done is similar to the process which is used by a real barista. These combination machines are essentially espresso machines with an expanded range of capabilities. Each different drink begins life as an espresso with different discs or pods then added to the machine afterwards to create the desired finish. So to produce a cappuccino an espresso is made and then a separate milk disc or pod is added to the machine to create the foam topping as a second step.
While in the past you may have had to invest in a proper commercial machine to get great cappuccinos this isnt the case anymore. There are now mass-produced cappuccino machines which have been designed specifically for the home market and at a much lower cost than commercial machines. In fact many of these machines do not actually cost any more than a good quality filter coffee machine. When you consider how much you use your machine if you are a regular cappuccino drinker then it is probably still only going to work out costing you a few pence extra per drink over the life of the machine.
Speed - How fast can the machine make your drink? The one advantage that comes with cappuccino makers is the speed in brewing drinks. They save you time compared to coffee makers but the type of machine that you select will also determine the speed or amount of time it takes for your drink to be ready. Machines that are designed to automatically froth milk and add it to the coffee may take an additional small amount of time. It is also important to remember that pod machines reduce tasks that need to be performed but at the expense of coffee quality that you get in the end.