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How to Make the Creamiest Cappuccino with Your Nespresso: Coffee Holli’s Beginner’s Guide

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Erica Cervenkova

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Imagine this:

You’re craving a cup of cappuccino, and you can brew it yourself, enjoying a barista-level beverage without leaving the comfort of your home or spending a fortune at a coffee shop.


It’s time to turn that imagination into reality. Grab your Nespresso coffee machine, and let’s get started. 

In this recipe, I’ll guide you through making the perfect cappuccino in just 5 easy steps.

Let’s kick things off!


Preparation Time:3 minutes
Preparation Difficulty:3/10
Serving Size:1 cup (6 Oz)
Best Served:Hot

Ingredients and Equipment

One double-shot espresso Nespresso capsule
Recommended: Nespresso Double Espresso Chairo Capsule
4 ounces of choice milk or dairy alternative
Any Nespresso coffee machine
Recommended: Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine 
A milk frother 

Step-by-Step Preparation Procedure

Before you begin:

Make sure your Nespresso machine is functioning properly, and troubleshoot any issues if needed. Don’t forget to fill the water reservoir.


Gather your ingredients and equipment, and place them on the kitchen counter for easy access.


You’re ready to follow these steps…

Step 1: Froth the Milk


Gather your milk frother, 4 ounces of milk, and a sizeable cup to pour the milk into. 

If you’re not using a Nespresso Aeroccino milk frother, heat your milk in the microwave or on a stovetop.

Keep in mind:The Aeroccino can simultaneously steam and froth cold milk, making it a great investment if you frequently make frothy beverages.ent if you regularly brew froth-dependent drinks.

For this recipe:

I used a frothing pitcher and frothing wand. After steaming your milk, pour it into the frothing pitcher. 


Insert the frothing wand at the base of the pitcher and whisk in a circular motion. Continue doing this until the milk doubles in volume and you see a layer of creamy milk foam on top.

At this point:

Angle the frothing wand slightly off-center while lifting it to the surface to incorporate more air into the milk.

Froth the Milk

Once you’re satisfied with the foam:

Gently tap the pitcher on the counter and swirl the milk to eliminate large air bubbles. 


Pour the milk from the frothing pitcher into your cup or glass.

Good news for cappuccino lovers who prefer plant-based milk alternatives: 

The International Conference on Tourism, Gastronomy, and Tourist Destination has confirmed that combining soy milk and non-dairy creamer can produce a delicious cappuccino similar to one made with cow’s milk. 

This means:

You can enjoy the frothy texture, rich flavor, and creamy taste associated with whole milk without compromising your dietary preferences.

Step 2: Power on Your Nespresso Machine

Power on Your Nespresso Machine


Turn on your Nespresso machine by gently pressing down the bar on the front panel of your brewer. 

Hold it for approximately two seconds until a green light starts flashing on the top panel of the machine.


Wait a few minutes for the blinking green light to become steady, indicating that your brewer is ready for use. 

If it doesn’t turn on, try the troubleshooting tips outlined in this Coffee Holli troubleshooting guide.

Place the cup Nespresso

Once your brewer is turned on:

Place the cup filled with frothed milk on the drip tray.

Step 3: Insert the Nespresso Capsule into Brewer

Insert the Nespresso Capsule into Brewer

For this step:

Open up your Nespresso machine by gently lifting the front panel bar. Once you’ve triggered the mechanism, your brewer will reveal a capsule compartment.

Insert the Nespresso Capsule into Brewer


Keep in mind that a cappuccino is more intense than a regular coffee drink because it is espresso-based. As such, you must use a double-shot espresso capsule for this brew. 

This gives it a bolder, stronger coffee flavor and produces excellent results.

In any case:

Select your preferred double espresso Nespresso capsule and insert it into the capsule compartment. 

Make sure the capsule dome is facing down to avoid puncturing issues.


Gently push the front panel bar downwards to close your Nespresso coffee machine.

Step 4: Begin the Brew Cycle

Begin the Brew Cycle Nespresso


Remember that blinking green light on the top panel? There’s a button with a coffee icon on it. Go ahead and push that button to start the brew cycle.


You’ll hear your Nespresso spinning the capsule. It does this to detect and interpret the barcodes on the capsule.

These capsule barcodes tell your coffee machine how much espresso to brew, so give it some time; your coffee should start dispensing in a little while.

Be careful:

Not to forget to double-check the positioning of your froth-filled cup. You might have accidentally shifted it, so make sure it’s seated directly under the coffee dispenser.

Nespresso Cappuccino


Watch patiently as the coffee drips into the cup, creating mesmerizing layers comprising milk, espresso, and milk froth.


This phenomenon, described in a study from the Nature Communications journal as double-diffusive convection, occurs as a result of the combination of thermal and density gradients and can also be observed in the ocean.

There you have it! 

You’ve just created a delicious cappuccino from your kitchen, rivaling coffee shops. 

Bon appétit!

Improve Your Cappuccino Game with Coffee Holli’s Useful Tips & Tricks

  • Experiment with flavored syrups to give your homemade cappuccino a unique taste. Almond, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla syrups combine nicely with the cappuccino’s base note and help sweeten the beverage.
  • If flavored syrups aren’t your thing and you’d still like to sweeten your drink, regular granulated sugar or honey should do the trick.
  • Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder over the milk froth to garnish and spice it up. Feel free to try other spices if you’re feeling adventurous.
  • For the perfect cup of cappuccino, I recommend whole milk due to its high fat and protein content. Compared to other milk forms and dairy alternatives, whole milk is unparalleled in terms of frothing capacity and creaminess.
  • Cold milk tends to froth better than warm milk, so make sure your milk is cool before frothing.
  • Pair your classic cappuccino with a tasty snack to enhance your experience. Popular choices include croissants, chocolate truffles, fruit tarts, brownies, scones, cinnamon buns, and other pastries. And let’s not forget the all-time favorite, biscotti.
Erica Cervenkova
Coffee Connoisseur, SCA Member

As a coffee connoisseur and member of the Specialty Coffee Association, I am dedicated to understanding the sustainability of coffee pods and the impact it has on the environment. My expertise lies in the realm of capsule coffee machines, from the likes of Keurig and Nespresso to other well-known US brands. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping others make informed decisions about their coffee choices. Whether you're a coffee enthusiast or just looking for a new way to enjoy your morning cup, I'm here to help.


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