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Did you know that you can make an authentic Italian cappuccino with a French press? In less than 60 seconds, you can have steamy, luscious foam for a homemade cappuccino. 

How do I know this? I’ve never mentioned this on The Rose Table before but in my free time I love to watch beauty videos on YouTube and one of my favorite channels to watch is Italian beauty vlogger Angela Van Rose, who lives in Milan. Last winter she posted the loveliest vlog taking us viewers around Milan and she showed us how to make an authentic Italian cappuccino at home and my mind was blown. She used a French press to foam the coffee in less than a minute and I made a mental note to try it someday. Well that day finally came.

This is so easy to do. I cannot believe I never tried this before. My mom and I wanted a coffee break out at the lake house. We don’t have an espresso maker so we used two French presses for this cappuccino, one to make strong coffee and one to make the foam. (You could, of course, do this foam hack with drip coffee as well.) I was shocked at how quickly the milk doubled in size. It took about 30 seconds.


Katie Rose-Watson is the author of the beautifully illustrated cookbook The Rose Table and the cooking and entertaining blog, www.therosetable.com. Her imaginative Disney Dinners have been featured on several national news media outlets.

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