I’m old enough to remember when lattes and cappuccinos seemed a bit exotic here in the United States. Then Starbucks came onto the scene and everyone began drinking these as a matter of course. If you have been buying cappuccinos in coffee shops you know the cost can really add up. Here is my recipe for a super easy Instant Honey Cappuccino you can make at home for a fraction of the cost.
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Instant Honey Cappuccino
A cappuccino is basically espresso and hot milk with foam on top. There are all sorts of espresso makers for the home.
If money is no object you can have something fancy like this:
We, on the other hand, have this stove top version:
It makes great espresso but it does take several minutes. What if you want one NOW? Instant coffee to the rescue.
Now hear me out. I know instant coffee is not a substitute for real espresso. It’s not even a substitute for real coffee. However, I’ve found one that we really like.
Does it taste exactly like coffee from a French press, our usual means of making coffee? No. But it does taste really good. I don’t see it as an inferior type of coffee but rather, a different drink altogether.
So what is this brand of instant coffee we like so well? Community Coffee. This is the one we use:
They also have it in decaf, dark roast and a chicory blend.
Our go-to coffee is also from Community. Our current favorite is ….
Note: I’ve linked to Amazon for convenience but some varieties are much cheaper when purchased from the Community Coffee website, especially if you purchase enough for free shipping. They also have an auto-ship service. This is what I do.
We buy the whole beans, grind them fresh and make it in our French Press.
It’s really delicious.
But sometimes I want just a cup and don’t want to brew a whole pot. That’s when I pull out the Community brand instant coffee. Or sometimes we want decaf and they have a version of that. In fact, that’s how I first discovered their instant coffee. We don’t drink decaf very often so I thought it might be worth having some instant on hand. We both really liked it so I started buying the regular, too.
Then I recently decided I wanted a cappuccino. I have been watching Coffee With Kate, one of my favorite YouTube channels, and she showed how she makes her coffee with foamed milk. We have the very same milk frother which I had bought for David along with the stovetop espresso maker a couple of years ago. He had used it quite a bit at first then it got tucked away in a cabinet. Out of sight, out of mind.
I pulled it out and started putting it to use. I’ve now had a cappuccino every day this week and decided to share my recipe with you.
Instant Honey Cappuccino
A delicious, rich and creamy hot drink you can make in minutes.
- 6 ounces water
- 4 ounces milk
- 1 heaping tbsp instant coffee
- 2 tsp honey
Bring water to a boil then let cool about 30 seconds or heat to just under the boiling point.
Measure instant coffee into 10 ounce mug.
Pour hot water over coffee.
Add honey and stir well.
Meanwhile, heat milk to about 95 degrees. If you are microwaving it in a mug, it should feet hot but not too hot to hold comfortably.
Pour hot milk into frother and follow directions for your brand/type.
Pour frothed milk into coffee, holding back the foam to add to the top.
I made one for David a bit ago and he loved it. He said it tasted like it had chocolate in it.
The Science of Frothing: How to Make Your Own Milk Foam
Note: This post is NOT sponsored by Community Coffee. I just happen to really like their coffee. I also appreciate that it’s a family owned and operated business (since 1919) and that their beans are responsibly sourced.
Kathy Maguire says
Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I just purchased some manuka honey, which is said to kill 17 different types of infections, even super bugs. I bought it for a health concern, and I have noticed that a sinus infection that was lingering also closed up. Your cappuccino seems like a delicious way to use the honey! Merci!
Deanna Piercy says
You just sent me to Google manuka honey. Very interesting! We learned in nursing school that honey could sometimes be helpful for wounds. And I try to buy honey as local as possible for allergy purposes. Manuka honey was new to me. Thanks for mentioning it.
Back in the 1970s I used to make my own milk froth by using warm milk in a jar, and just shaking it, then later on I used a coffee plunger. I think that I’ll start doing it again. Little pleasures to have at home are son nice to do.
Deanna Piercy says
I’ve really been enjoying this little treat. Hope you do, too!