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French Vanilla Cappuccino

A French Vanilla Cappuccino is a sweet and comforting coffee drink that’s both delicious and easy to make.
Published December 14, 2021
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Chandra Melo
Coffee experts@The Coffee Lab
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What is French Vanilla?

Don’t worry, you don’t need to rush out and buy a fancy vanilla syrup from France to make this tasty cappuccino at home.

When we talk about French Vanilla, we usually just mean the standard vanilla bean that we use in baking and other recipes. Calling it French just makes it sound a little more special.


Vanilla coffee syrup is widely available, don’t worry about whether it says “French” on the label.


What is French Vanilla Cappuccino Made of?

The key to how to make cappuccino at home that tastes just like the ones that you love from the coffee house is using the right ingredients.


For a French Vanilla Cappuccino, you should use a rich, strong blend of coffee. Preferably espresso brewed in a machine, but if this isn’t possible, use your favorite instant espresso powder or coffee granules.


Then you’ll need a vanilla syrup and milk or your favorite dairy-free alternative.


Do You Add Sugar to a Vanilla Cappuccino?

This cappuccino recipe is sweetened with vanilla syrup. Even if you use sugar-free syrup, vanilla is a very sweet flavor. You shouldn’t need to add any extra sugar unless you like a very sweet coffee.  


What’s the Difference Between a Cappuccino and a Latte?

Cappuccinos and lattes typically have the same coffee base and cappuccino ingredients are the same as those used to make a latte. From a coffee house, this is usually a double shot of espresso and milk. The difference lies in the milk to foam ratio.

A cappuccino should have equal parts coffee, steamed milk, and foam, whereas a latte has far more steamed milk, and a smaller layer of foam, resulting in a milkier coffee.


When making them at home, if you are using either the steamer on your espresso machine or a stand-alone frother, this means that for a cappuccino you need retain more foam as you pour the steamed milk into your coffee. You can do this with a spoon, and then simply spoon it onto the top.


Can You Make a Healthier French Vanilla Cappuccino?

For a lower-fat French vanilla drink use sugar-free vanilla syrup or swap for half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and use low-fat milk. 

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About the Author

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Chandra Melo

Marketing as job, barista as passion. An authentic coffee lover, looking for the next fantastic cup of coffee that I will fall in love with. Coffee, for me, is more than a beverage. It's about community and connection - how can all the world consume the same fruit? And differently? How can we have so many different tastes? I also don't know. And because of this, I feel in love each day more for this world. Happy to share and make a change in the coffee community.

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