How To Make A Bob-uccino

You’ve gotta love signature recipes, especially when they involve immaculately ground coffee, perfectly pulled manual espressos… and crotchety old men.

You heard us right.

Seattle Coffee Gear has a signature recipe that throws together these components in a perfect storm of tomfoolery and incredible coffee. It’s known as the “Bob-uccino”.

Dirty and smelly on the outside (talking about Uncle Bob here), yet velvety, creamy, and rum-filled on the inside (talking about the cappuccino now, just so we’re on the same page), this drink is the Cinderella of cappuccinos.

WARNING: Fill your Uncle Bob with rum AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Disclaimer: results may vary.


Dirty and smelly on the outside, yet velvety, creamy, and rum-filled on the inside, this drink is the Cinderella of cappuccinos.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword bob-uccino
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 people
Calories 440 kcal


  • 3 ½ oz milk
  • 2 shots espresso KBay Dream Blend
  • 1 oz Hawaiian rum
  • 1/2 pump vanilla syrup


  1. Steam the milk using the milk steamer and steel pitcher. Set aside for later.

  2. Pull the espresso shots

  3. Add Hawaiian rum and vanilla syrup. Stir.

  4. Add steamed milk. Don't stir

Recipe Notes

½ pump of syrup is usually around ⅛ of an ounce

How to Make a “Bob-uccino”

Based on an insanely developed recipe from the people at Seattle Coffee Gear, this hilariously delicious drink is sure to get your tastebuds buzzing!


Other items:

  • A steel pitcher
  • A glass (see extra notes for specifics)
  • An excellent coffee grinder
  • A manual espresso maker
  • A milk steamer

Extra Notes:

  • ½ pump of syrup is usually around ⅛ of an ounce, although it’s by no means an exact science.
  • If you want to go all-out authentic Uncle Bob style, you’ll want to get a Bormioli Rocco Verdi Oslo Cappuccino glass for the presentation.


  1. (Optional) Find an Uncle Bob and have him make this for you. The desired candidate would meet the following requirements: 
    • A genuine old man vibe. No Six Flags “young’un dressed as an old guy dancing” crap.
    • Overconfidence in coffee skills.
    • The desire to spout true and untrue coffee facts in an indistinguishable tirade uttered whilst making the drink.
  2. Steam the milk using the milk steamer and steel pitcher until it reaches between 145 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Set aside steamed milk for later.
  4. Pull the espresso shots. This is an incredibly skillful business when using a manual machine. (See extra notes for more details on using a manual espresso machine.)
  5. Add Hawaiian rum and vanilla syrup.
  6. Stir.
  7. Add steamed milk.
  8. Do not stir.

And that’s it! Enjoy!

Extra Notes:

  • Tap and swirl the pitcher after steaming the milk to help decrease bubbling, if required.

Here’s a detailed video that walks you through the manual espresso process:

Who is Seattle Coffee Gear?

Seattle Coffee Gear is a company that has grown over the years from a small start-up to one of the top online coffee companies.

During that time, their mission has stayed the same: to provide you, the home baristas, with the best-valued espresso equipment money can buy.

They’re focused on the customer, and love to have a bit of fun along the way… hence the Bob-uccino!

Manual Espresso Machines

Manual espresso machines are the ultimate form of espresso mastery.

While you can tamp, grind, and steam all day long, it isn’t until you’ve pulled the perfect espresso by hand that you can truly claim to no longer be a Padawan. 

If you’ve felt on the fence about committing to a manual espresso machine, and you find the Bob-uccino too alluring to pass up, check out some of these machines.

They’ll help you get that perfect, old man, high-quality cappuccino you desire.

Steaming Milk

Steaming milk is tricky business, and while you can skimp on this part with some coffee-based drinks, you’re not going to want to ruin your newly mastered, and perfectly extracted manual espresso shot with some shitty milk, right?

Here’s an article of ours on the subject of steamed vs frothed milk. And here’s a quick video that will give you a good visual of some of the more subtle aspects of steaming milk for your cappuccino:

And there you have it! 

A hysterical yet professionally made beverage that only a crazy uncle could truly come up with... and yet only a true barista could pull together.

If you’ve tried this one, we need you to comment and answer three questions:

  1. How did hand pulling the espressos go?
  2. How did it taste?
  3. Did you get an Uncle Bob to participate?
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