This vegan-friendly French Press Cappuccino is flavored with vanilla extract, topped with frothed milk or coconut milk, and is ready in about 5 minutes! No espresso-maker required.

Vanilla French Press Cappuccino

This vegan-friendly French Press Cappuccino is flavored with vanilla extract, topped with frothed milk or coconut milk, and is ready in about 5 minutes! No espresso-maker required.

vanilla french press cappuccino

This vegan-friendly French Press Cappuccino is flavored with vanilla extract, topped with frothed milk or coconut milk, and ready in about 5 minutes!  No espresso-maker required.

Do you adore cappuccino?  Is your coffee of choice espresso?  If so– you probably know that a full-fledged, pump espresso maker can be a little bit pricey.  Personally, I do own (and adore) a fancy-schmancy espresso machine, but sometimes I’m a little too groggy in the mornings to operate machinery. (You know– the kind with dials and buttons and whatnot.)  If you find yourself craving a cappuccino, but you don’t own an espresso machine yet (or you are still half asleep and you can’t remember which buttons to push on your machine)– this Vanilla French Press Cappuccino is for you!

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This vegan-friendly French Press Cappuccino is flavored with vanilla extract, topped with frothed milk or coconut milk, and is ready in about 5 minutes! No espresso-maker required.

Vanilla French Press Cappuccino

Before we get started, and before my fellow coffee lovers start correcting me– yes, I know that technically cappuccino is made with espresso.  I also know that a French press cannot make espresso, because real espresso can only be made under extreme pressure.  (After all, there’s a reason the espresso machines are so pricey!)  However, a few months back, I was watching an episode of Alton Brown’s old show ‘Good Eats’ that recommended French Press coffee as an alternative to real espresso, and I decided to give it a shot with a cappuccino.  After all, if it’s good enough for Alton Brown, it’s definitely worth trying… right?!

Gathering Equipment

To make a Vanilla French Press Cappuccino, you will, of course, need a French press.  You can order French press pots online, or anywhere else they sell coffee equipment.  (I’ve seen French press pots at the overstock store Marshall’s for about $10 on a regular basis.)  The only other equipment you need for this faux-ppuccino is a handy dandy milk frother.  (I have a hand-held milk frother from Ikea that cost about $4– so this doesn’t have to be expensive either.)

This vegan-friendly French Press Cappuccino is flavored with vanilla extract, topped with frothed milk or coconut milk, and is ready in about 5 minutes! No espresso-maker required.

Vanilla French Press Cappuccino

Making Vanilla French Press Cappuccino

This vegan Vanilla French Press Coffee is flavored with vanilla extract, is ready in minutes, and includes a step-by-step tutorial on How to Make French Press Coffee.

French Press Coffee Tutorial

To make Vanilla French Press Cappuccino, start by brewing French press coffee with a dash of vanilla extract added to the grounds.  (Check out this French Press Coffee tutorial if you need tips on how to make the coffee!)  Pour your coffee in a mug (or divide between multiple mugs).  Next, heat milk (or coconut milk), use your handheld frother, and then top the coffee with the milk and froth.  (If you have a milk frother that will also steam your milk– even better!  In that case, you don’t have to heat the milk first.)

Finally, drink up!  Let me know what you think in the comments– was Alton Brown right?  Is French press coffee a good espresso substitute?  Personally, I thought it was delicious!  Could I tell the difference?  Maybe– just slightly.  However, it was pretty close!  And, as I sipped my hot and steamy coffee drink, I decided I didn’t care if it tasted exactly the same or not, because this French Press Cappuccino tastes like perfection.

 

This vegan-friendly French Press Cappuccino is flavored with vanilla extract, topped with frothed milk or coconut milk, and is ready in about 5 minutes! No espresso-maker required.
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Vanilla French Press Cappuccino

Makes 2 Cappuccinos

Course Drinks
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 36 kcal
Author Champagne Tastes

Ingredients

  • 2 TB coarsely ground coffee beans
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk for frothing (use at least 2%, skim won't froth well) OR full-fat coconut milk

Equipment Required:

  • French Press, Milk Frother

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil, and then let it sit for 1 minute off-heat.

  2. Add coffee grounds to French press, add vanilla extract, and then hot water. Add French press lid, but don't lower the plunger. Let sit 4 minutes. Lower plunger.

  3. While coffee is steeping, froth milk.  If your milk frother cannot heat the milk-- bring the milk to a simmer before frothing.

  4. Divide coffee between 2 mugs.  Top coffee with frothed milk, and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*Calorie Information was calculated per serving using My Fitness Pal.

18 thoughts on “Vanilla French Press Cappuccino

    • champagne-tastes says:

      You could totally add it! Just either put the vanilla in the cup before you brew, or add it to the milk before you froth it!

  1. Willow | Will Cook For Friends says:

    This sounds fabulous to me! I also have an espresso machine, but more often than not I end up making a chemex or french press (uh… I might have too many coffee makers). I would say if you’re drinking coffee black, it really, really matters what kind you use, but when you add a ton of milk for a cappuccino, I don’t see why a strong pot of french press wouldn’t work just as well as espresso. This sounds delicious with the frothy milk and vanilla extract — I’ll definitely be trying it!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      I totally agree! I’m not sure a “shot” of French press would satisfy me if I wanted a shot of espresso, but for this cappuccino– it’s perfect!

  2. swathi says:

    I am coffee fan, But I I don’t have espresso machine. I need to look for one. In south India we have a coffee press which use only ground beans. Also I haven’t tried coffee with coconut milk, Need to try it, I will use your recipe .

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