Is it a caffe latte? Is it a cappuccino? No, it’s a fakeaccino – easy, cheap and delicious!
Do you love cappuccino or frothy caffe latte, but have no fancy, expensive, bulky espresso machine?
Now you can enjoy a mug of this style of coffee at home, easily and cheaply, using just a coffee plunger (Cafetiere or French Press)* and a microwave. (Coffee purists, don’t protest- you can go the whole hog with your $500 machine if you like!)
I have one plunger at home and another at work, so I can have my fakeaccino whenever I like!
*My mum actually invented this method for frothing the milk- it's the best I've found and works for hot chocolate as well as coffee.
Step 1: What You Need
• Large cup or mug (I use a mug which widens at the top, this seems to work better). If you want to use a smaller cup, just adapt the quantities.
• Small plunger-style coffee jug (the kind that has a glass jug that lifts out of its holder, and a fine mesh plunger). I got mine for $4.
• Microwave oven
• Strong coffee :
~ brewed if you prefer- (you can use your plunger, then put the coffee in a pot or cup to re-heat and wash out the plunger thoroughly). The notes in italics in these instructions refer to the brewed coffee option.
or - gasp-
~ instant coffee (I actually prefer instant, to my mother and my son’s horror)
• Milk (light or full fat as you prefer; not super fresh is better for frothing, apparently)
• Sugar/sweetener if you want
• Powdered chocolate/cinnamon etc to sprinkle on top if you like
Step 2: Pre-heat Your Mug or Coffee
If you are using instant coffee, pour boiling water into your mug and leave to stand for a minute.
If you are using pre-brewed (extra strong) coffee, pour it into your mug to about 1/3 full, then heat it in your microwave oven (you will need to judge when it is very hot, but not boiling as this is not good for your coffee).
Step 3: Heat Your Milk
As soon as the microwave oven is free or while your mug is pre-heating, put the glass jug of milk (just the jug, not the holder -no metal) into your microwave and zap on high until hot but not boiling (mine takes 70-80 seconds).
Note- check how long your microwave oven takes- make sure it's good and hot, but if it starts to boil, you'll end up with a skin on your milk. Be very careful with the glass jug - I've dropped a few!
Step 4: Get Your Coffee Ready
Make instant coffee in your mug:
• Tip the “pre-heating” water out of your mug
• Add coffee powder/granules – more than usual (I use a heaped large teaspoon). I add my sweetener/sugar at this stage.
• Pour in enough boiling water to fill the mug 1/3. Stir to dissolve coffee powder etc.
-or if you are using pre-brewed coffee, you may want to put a cover (e.g. a saucer) on top to keep it hot.
Step 5: Froth Your Milk
Step 6: Add Frothed Milk to Coffee
Add a little more boiling water
to top it up.
Step 7: Serve and Enjoy
(Note - give your plunger & jug a quick rinse/leave to soak before you serve your coffee, so they’ll be easy to wash later).
Step 8: Notes
Cleaning your plunger is important (but still easier than cleaning a whole expresso machine):
Make sure the jug and plunger are clean before you use them for the milk- no coffee grounds or milk deposits.
You may need to clean the mesh of the plunger with a brush or cloth if your milk was too hot and formed a skin. Use warm water and mild detergent, and rinse well.