The Bellini as Barista

The Bellini as Barista

As Barista

Make your own latte and cappuccino from start to end in your bellini. Coffee is a highly personal issue, so if you find the strength of the brewed coffee too weak or strong or the ratio of steamed milk to coffee to be out of whack for your taste, adjust accordingly.

One note: A latte contains proportionately more milk and less foam than a cappuccino. The proportions below are designed to give you a latte that is about equal parts brewed coffee and steamed milk with just a light layer of foamed milk on top. The cappuccino will be approximately equal parts brewed coffee, steamed milk and foamed milk. Again, adjust each to your coffee-loving taste.

Makes 2 ½Makes 4 medium-size lattes or 2 to 3 cappuccinos

For the brewed coffee:

2 ½ to 3 ounces whole French roast, Italian roast or espresso beans

2 cups water

For Latte: 2 cups whole milk

For Cappuccino: 1 cup whole milk

1.     Pour hot water into the French press coffee brewer and the cups you plan to serve the coffees in. Brew the coffee: Fit the chopping blade into the work bowl. Grind the coffee on speed 10 for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Add 2 cups of water to the bowl and brew at 80C on speed 1 for 4 minutes. Pour the coffee into the French press and let stand one minute before slowly lowering the plunger.

2.     Meanwhile, rinse out the work bowl with hot water and quickly wipe dry. Return to the base and pour in the milk. Heat at 80 C on speed 1 for 1 minute and 30 seconds; then froth at speed 9 for 30 seconds.

For latte:

Divide the brewed coffee among 4 warmed cups. Pouring slowly to leave the foam behind, pour an equal amount of steamed milk into each coffee. Spoon the frothy milk over the top of each cup and serve.

For cappuccino:

Divide the brewed coffee between 2 cups. Pour the steamed milk slowly, ‘helping’ some of the foam onto the top of each cup as you pour.