How to use a milk frother to create the perfect foam

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How to use a milk frother to create the
perfect foam

Create smooth and creamy milk from home

There’s nothing quite like the first sip of sweet, creamy foam from the top of your morning cappuccino or latte. Or admiring the beauty of a perfectly crafted leaf design resting effortlessly on the top of your cup. These are some of life’s most indulgent pleasures and now you can learn how to use a milk frother to create your own silky-smooth cappuccinos and lattes and become your very own barista.

What is the best type of milk for frothing?

Whole milk creates a thicker, creamier foam while low-fat and skimmed milk creates larger quantities of foam with larger air bubbles. As a non-dairy alternative, soy milk or almond milk can also be used in a frother but the results are often quite thin.

Types of milk frothers

Electric milk frother / hand-held whisk

Electric milk frothers offer the most basic approach to frothing. They are hand held with a motorised whisker. This whisker turns or spins the milk to create froth. They are usually battery operated and are very simple in design. The pros for this option are that they are easy to use and quite affordable. The cons are that batteries will need frequent replacement and that you are required to heat your milk up separately which makes the process quite time consuming.

Built in espresso machine milk wand

Espresso machine milk wands are for the enthusiastic coffee makers. They require a level of skill and knowledge to create a good quality finish and foam. They are also a significantly more expensive option compared to electric milk frothers and jug frothers. However, once you have mastered the milk frothing process you have the ability to produce café quality milk. Nespresso’s Creatista range of machines are a good option for those looking for barista-style milk combined with ease-of-use. They feature a fully automatic steam wand with multiple frothing and temperature settings.

Jug frothers

Jug frothers offer the opportunity to simultaneously froth and heat milk. They use induction coils to create heat within the jug while whisking the milk to create a smooth, even foam.

Which type of frother is best?

Of each of these options, the jug frother holds the most appeal. Firstly, because you don’t need to buy an entire espresso machine to create froth. Secondly, it consistently creates café quality milk unlike the varied results from an electric whisk.

What is the best milk frother you can buy?

Our recommendation

Aeroccino3 Milk frother frothing milk

Nespresso Aeroccino3 Milk Frother

Our pick is the Nespresso Aeroccino3. It allows you to create creamy hot or cold milk froth in a little over a minute. It’s simple to use: choose your whisk, fill the jug up to the correct level, pour in the milk and press the button. The biggest appeal of this milk frother is that it will froth all kinds of milk, is easy to clean and it produces a consistently high-quality foam.

Frother info:

  • One button
  • Press for hot and hold down for cold to enjoy either a perfectly heated cappuccino or a refreshing iced coffee.
  • 120ml milk froth capacity, enough to prepare two Cappuccinos or one Latte.
  • 240ml hot milk capacity
  • Weight: 450g
  • Cold & hot milk and froth preparations

How to clean your milk frother

The Aeroccino milk frother jug coating prevents milk from sticking making it quick and easy to clean. Place the jug directly under running water using a non-abrasive cloth making sure that the underside of the milk frother is dry. Visit our Aeroccino 3 assistance section for further cleaning instructions.

How to create latte art

Once you have your milk ready in your frother jug you can get creative and begin to create latte art.

  1. Pour your espresso shot.
    Tip: Don’t let your shot sit for more than about 20 seconds otherwise it will develop an unpleasant bitter taste.
  2. Begin pouring your milk with your cup tilted to about 20 degrees towards your frother jug.
  3. Slowly combine with your espresso until the cup is about half full.
  4. As you start to pour the second half, move your cup into an upright position.
  5. You will begin to see some white micro foam appear in the espresso. You can now start making a design.
  6. Using your wrist move your jug from side to side to "draw."
  7. With the last pour, draw the stream of milk back through centre of the design.

Start with a basic leaf design and then try more complicated designs once you feel confident. Check out our beginner’s guide to making latte art at home.

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