On mornings when we had time, I would heat up some milk and blend it until it foamed up. Perhaps not quite the same as steaming the milk, but it is a close second. Then I would pour in a little of the milk and spoon the foam all over the top of the espresso. I love a foamy cappuccino! I haven't yet figured out a way to make the patterns on the top like you would get from a professional barista.
It took me a while to find the perfect espresso. I wanted an espresso with a dark, rich taste, organic and fair trade. My favourite coffee company, Level Ground Trading, doesn't have an espresso line, so after doing a little searching I discovered Kicking Horse Coffee. Kicking Horse has a line called Cliff Hanger Espresso. It is both organic shade grown coffee and certified fair trade.
Even when I don't have time to make a cappuccino in the morning, I always have time for at least an espresso. It takes me, even for a few moments, back to Sicily, back to our second home.