Not too long ago, people seemed content with their instant coffee and basic morning caffeine hit. A recent revolution, though, has seen millions of people around the world trade in these simple coffees and drinks for something more complex.
Whether it’s a cappuccino, latte, or iced coffee, there are many ways that using a milk frother can add rich, velvety texture to your favorite drink and enhance its flavour out of sight. Thankfully, using a milk frother doesn’t have to be complicated and there are just a few simple steps to operate.
Once you’ve experienced frothed milk in your hot or cold drinks, you’ll find it very hard to turn back to instant coffee or milk without volume. Learning the basics to achieving the perfect froth is a matter of skill and having the right product, so read on for how you can accomplish it.
There are generally three forms of milk frothers available: automatic, handheld, and those built into espresso machines. All of them work on the same science, that air is introduced into the milk which creates bubbles and foam, which we refer to as frothing.
The fats found in milk are crucial to the frothing process, and help to achieve a lot of its volume. However, reaching the ideal temperature with your frother is the other important element to this process as it needs to hit about 95°F to be at the perfect heat for hot drinks such as cappuccinos.
Depending on the type of milk frother you use, this process will vary slightly, however, the same logic applies. While the manual milk frother takes more work, it’s also less expensive, so it may be attractive to those who don’t want to spend a lot on an automatic frothing wand or espresso machine.
If you’re wanting to experience frother milk but don’t want to spend a lot of money, a manual handheld milk frother might be for you. These devices are cheaper, but they do take a bit more work than your automatic frother to use.
A manual milk frother will generally take a minute or so to use, depending on the volume of milk. Depending on the temperature of milk you’re after, you will need to use fresh cold milk from the fridge or heat the milk after frothing in the microwave or stovetop for hot drinks.
For a more convenient milk frothing process, an automatic device is best. There are two different types of automatic milk frothers available, one as a standalone device that allows you to pour the milk in and the machine will do the rest. The other, a handheld wand that lets you froth the milk to your desired consistency.
While there’s nothing to the automatic standalone machine other than pouring your milk and turning it on, the handheld automatic frother requires a few more steps. These handheld wands are also ideal for a range of other cold drinks too such as smoothies, protein shakes, and more.
Considering Americans spend up to $4 on the average latte, with some purchasing the foamy drink each day, having a milk frother at home is a great way to save money. Using these professional devices will allow you to create a drink that resembles a barista blend and you’ll likely have fun in the process.
Whether you use a manual handheld frother, an automatic wand, or one that heats and steams together, the difference in clear in how much better your drinks taste. Lattes, cappuccinos, iced coffees, milkshakes, protein shakes, and more can all be improved with this simple device.