Impress Your Friends This Fall with New Barista Skills 
Coffee & Tea

Impress Your Friends This Fall with New Barista Skills 

Do you love coffee? If so, why not impress your friends with a colorful take on cappuccino. It's called "tre colore" or three colors, and can be served hot or cold. Not to worry, we'll make both.


For help wth this recipe, I headed over to Tuscher Caffe, my favorite bar in Cortona, Italy, to talk to Massimo. Not only do they serve delicious breakfast and lunch, and make the best cocktails in town, they really know how to make great coffee.


And yes, while they do have professional barista equipment, I'm sure with some of the gadgets in your kitchen, (you are reading Chowhound, aren't you?) and some practice, you will succeed. Keep in mind that in Italy, recipe measurements are hard to come by, so add or decrease to taste. 

For the drink pictured here, you need "about":

  • Two shots of espresso (2.5 to 3 ounces)
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup regular milk, foamed (heated) 
  • 1/2 cup light milk whipped (cold, blended till creamy)
  • Chocolate and carmel sauces for drizzle
  • A toothpick
  • A clear glass  (that can hold hot liquids) like the one above

Ready? (TIP: You can do the first three steps simultaneously.)

1. Whip the cold light milk slowly, till very creamy.

2. Brew the espresso. 

3. Foam the whole milk till warm and creamy.

4. Pour the espresso into a glass, followed by the hot foamed milk.

5. Add the whipped cold milk on top.

6. Decorate with the chocolate and caramel sauces.

7. Design using the toothpick.

8. Drink and enjoy.

With Halloween around the corner, you might surprise your friends with an iced cappuccino with "spider legs" as Niccolo showed me. For this version, the ingredients and most steps are the same. Just grab some cocoa powder, a pinch of sugar (dissolved in water) and ice.


1. Brew the espresso.

2. Whip the cold light milk slowly, till very creamy.

3. Add ice to a cocktail shaker.

4. Add the brewed espresso, regular milk, and sugar water (to taste) to the ice.

5. And here's a difference: Drizzle the chocolate syrup in a ring INSIDE the glass, then tap some cocoa into the bottom of the glass.

6. Shake the coffee mixture, pour in without ice, and watch the legs grow.

7. Cover with more cocoa powder.

8. Add the whipped cold milk on top.

9. Decorate like this...(I got a bit carried away!), or create your own design.

10. Enjoy!

About the Author

Judy loves all things Italian, especially the food, wine, culture and people she meets while travelling through Italy. With her wonderful Italian friends, she is able to experience Italian life as a local. Judy shares her experiences and photos through her blog, blogginginitaly.com.