Top 5 Cappuccinos in Houston
When I go to a coffee shop, nine times out of ten I order a cappuccino. To me, it reflects the true talent of a barista -- getting the foam-to-espresso ratio just right; making sure the java is strong enough to ensure a caffeine boost; and guaranteeing every sip is warm, smooth and comforting. It's quite a difficult task.
Photo by Molly Dunn This cappuccino is from Paris, but you can find frothy drinks like this in Houston.
Because I am not equipped with the necessary tools (or talent) to make a cappuccino at home, I venture to several Houston coffee shops for my coffee drink of choice. Here are my five favorite places to get a perfectly executed cappuccino in Houston.
5. The Nook Cafe
Photo by Molly Dunn Look at the thick layer of frothed milk.
This new coffee shop on UH's campus is a casual, relaxing abode in which to read a book or get some work done while sipping on a hot cup of coffee and snacking on a pastry, muffin or cookie. And one of the standout items on the menu is the simple cappuccino. As I wrote in my first look at The Nook Cafe, seen from far away the cappuccino appeared to have whipped cream sitting on top of the espresso. But, as I approached the counter I realized it was a layer of thick, super creamy frothed milk. I also ordered this cappuccino with nonfat milk and the barista was able to make the milk that frothy -- props! The espresso is silky underneath the giant layer of froth and almost resembles the texture of a latte, making it heart-warming and comforting. Pair it with a moist pumpkin muffin from Sinfull Bakery for the perfect lazy Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Molly Dunn Even in a to-go cup, Inversion's cappuccino maintains a frothy layer of milk.
While it is ideal to enjoy a cappuccino in a wide-rimmed mug at the coffee shop, sometimes that isn't possible. So, when I'm on the go, I head to Inversion, because these baristas know how to make an excellent frothy cappuccino to-go. Before I discovered this Montrose coffee shop, my to-go cappuccinos came from Starbucks, but I can't remember the last time I went into that coffee-mecca for a cappuccino -- I'm always getting mine from Inversion. The coffee is perfectly smooth underneath the light and fluffy layer of milk. But, the milk isn't the star, the espresso is. Strong espresso blends with the cloud-like milk, creating smooth sips every time. It warms your heart and your stomach.
Catalina's cappuccinos are always frothy, always hot, and always just what I need in the morning. The baristas make sure the foam hits the rim of the mug without spilling over, but one sip and you'll coat the tip of your nose in frothed milk. Just make sure you're with someone who will tell you you've got milk on your nose. Pair it with one of the sweet pastries, such as the apple-cinnamon danish, for the first meal of the day or for an afternoon snack. And when the weather is nice, sit outside on the patio; it makes your coffee-shop experience ten times better.
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