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Pour the espresso into a 250ml heatproof mug.
Next, make the steamed milk. If you are using an espresso machine steam wand, hold the wand just under the surface, making sure you don’t let any cold air in. It shouldn’t make any hissing noises or be spitting milk drops anywhere. Try to use steam jets to spin the milk around in a whirlpool-like motion, pulling the jug downwards slowly as the milk heats. This is called “stretching” the milk and helps with foam production. It should be foamy and creamy when ready.
If you have a separate steamer attachment on your bean-to-cup machine, steam the milk separately in a silver jug for pouring. You can use an electric milk frother (heat the milk in the microwave or on the hob first, making sure it doesn't boil). Or, pour the warm milk into a French press, then carefully plunge the filter up and down to push air through the milk to create foam.
Pour the foamy milk over the espresso gently from a low height. With a cappuccino, you don’t need to mix the coffee and milk as you would for a latte or flat white – you want the foam to be smooth and creamy. Try to float it on top – the milk should dissipate underneath the foam, allowing the more solid milk foam to settle on top with a strong hit of espresso at the bottom of the cup. Sprinkle with cinnamon or cocoa powder, if you like.