Get frothy! Frothing for rookies

The major difference between an okay latte/cappuccino and an awesome one is the froth. A good froth has a silky-smooth texture and is created with the smallest bubbles possible, creating a microfoam, while a froth with large bubbles will often leave the froth tasteless and dry.

Creating a quality froth at home is not only easy but also a must-have tool in your CoffeePro arsenal.

The first step to a great latte or cappuccino is the milk temperature; 65-70 C (150-160 F) is the sweet spot. When using an espresso machine its best to turn the steam off at 50-60 C as the temperature will continue to rise for a few seconds after turning it off.

A quality espresso machine will generally always produce a great drink, but there more to it than that. Before you just go sticking your steam wand into the milk, take a look at your steam wand, do you see that small hole on one side? Keep this hole at the surface of the milk to allow milk to be drawn in, creating a more dense and silky froth. Another great tip is to hold the pitcher at a slight angle to allow milk to swirl around the pitcher.

A common misconception is that the froth should always be on top of the milk, this couldn’t be further from the truth, in this step you want to encourage the froth and milk to intertwine. As the milk expands to become froth you will need to keep an eye on your wand’s froth hole to keep it at just the right level. When you finally pour this into your cup the froth should be on top.

The basic steps to make good froth are:

  1. Start with cold in a clean & cold pitcher
  2. Use a thermometer to achieve a temperature of 65-70 C (150-60 F)
  3. Keep the wands froth hole at the surface of the milk
  4. Work the milk until the desired level of froth is attained. Generally, you want milk volume to expand to foam by 1/3 for lattes and ½ for cappuccinos.
  5. Pour the desired amount of milk into your cup.
  6. Spoon on the froth

Milk – Almost any type of milk can be frothed, be it soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, or any milk really. Although high-fat milk will be more difficult to froth, but it can be done.

What If I don’t own an espresso machine?

While an espresso machine is the more preferred method, it’s not a requirement, milk can be frothed by hand.

Start by warming the milk on the stove or by microwave. Pour the desired amount of milk into a coffee cup. Insert a whisk into the cup and vigorously rotate the whisk by rolling it between your hands. Alternatively, you can purchase stand-alone frothing machines and battery-operated frothers to take some of the work out of it.

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