How To Make A Cappuccino With Keurig That Tastes Great

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How To Make A Cappuccino With Keurig That Tastes Great

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Cappuccinos are a traditional hot coffee drink made with espresso. Most fans of cappuccinos love them for the top layer of cloud-like frothed milk that sits atop the coffee. If you have a Keurig machine, you may be wondering how to make a cappuccino with Keurig. Keep reading to learn more.

Can Keurig Make Cappuccinos?

Can you make a cappuccino with Keurig machines? Technically, the answer is no. To make a real cappuccino you need to brew espresso. A shot of espresso is a highly concentrated coffee prepared under significant hot water pressure. Keurig machines cannot make espresso because the brewing process they use is not designed to achieve the needed level of high pressure. You would need an espresso maker or Nespresso machine for a true espresso. You can see my related post on the differences between Keurig and Nespresso.

What You Need To Make A Cappuccino With Keurig

Even though you cannot make an authentic cappuccino with a Keurig, you can get something pretty close. If a bold tasting and milky drink is what you are craving, here is what you’ll need:

Milk Frother

To make a drink that is like a cappuccino, you will need to be able to froth milk. Unless you have the Keurig K-Cafe or Keurig K-Latte (only available at Walmart), your model does not have a built in milk frother. That means you will need to buy an accessory.

Keurig makes its own milk frother which is compatible with all machines. The Keurig frother heats up in just 3 minutes. You can use it to froth any dairy milk or soy and almond milk; however, generally speaking, whole milk or reduced fat milk tends to froth better than others.

Espresso Roast K-Cups

In addition to a frother, you’ll want to stock up on K-cups that try to replicate an espresso taste. Look for a dark roast or espresso roast. I think the K-cups shown below are the best pods for cappuccinos.

keurig k cups
keurig k cups

How To Make a Cappuccino With Keurig K-Cafe

  1. Brew a dark roast K-cup or espresso roast pod using the SHOT size
  2. Add cold milk to the frother to the Cappuccino line
  3. Press the cappuccino button – then enjoy!

How To Make a Cappuccino With Keurig K-Latte

The Keurig K-Latte makes it easy to make a cappuccino in just 3 steps

  1. Brew a concentrated dark roast K-cup or espresso roast pod using the SHOT size
  2. Add 4 oz cold milk to the frother to the MIN line. Press the top hot froth button.
  3. Add the frothed milk to the glass with the brewed coffee – then enjoy!

How To Make a Cappuccino With All Other Keurig Machines

  1. Brew a dark roast K-cup or espresso roast pod using either the 4 oz, 6 oz or STRONG button. The STRONG button is preferred if available.
  2. Add 4 oz cold milk to the frother to the MIN line. Press the top hot froth button.
  3. Add the frothed milk to the glass with the brewed coffee – then enjoy!

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