Many coffee enthusiasts say the only way to enjoy the full taste of coffee is by drinking it black, but a lot of people find the natural flavor of coffee too strong or too bitter, which is why they cut it down with milk or coffee creamer.
Both of them are great, but those who use creamer are jealous and would also like to add the velvety texture of frothed milk to their cup. So how about frothed creamer?
Some people are lactose intolerant which is why they cannot add milk to their coffee. Others prefer creamers because they come in a variety of flavors, making the whole coffee drinking experience more exciting.
Adding vanilla, caramel, or Mocha flavor to your coffee makes it more palatable and reduces the need to add sugar, which is a great plus.
One of the easiest ways to froth coffee creamer is by using an espresso machine. Here is what you have to do:
For this, you will have to use a heated coffee creamer.
If you’re using milk alternatives, like soy, rice, almond, or coconut milk you might have some problems working up a good froth. The solution to this problem is simple – look on the label and see if the product has an ingredient called gellan.
To froth a liquid you need air bubbles, which are created from water and proteins trapping air inside. Milk alternatives have weaker proteins unable to make decent bubble walls.
This gellan thingy solves this problem, creating a decent foam, so next time you go to the store look up a milk alternative with this ingredient for a good froth.
The secret behind making a good froth is getting the temperature of the milk right. Expert baristas recommend heating the milk before frothing at 95°F, which is just right for holding air bubbles.
If you don’t have a kitchen thermometer, you can determine the temperature by holding the cup in your hands. Since normal body temperature is around 98.6°F, if the cup feels cold the milk is not warm enough. If the cup feels hot, let it cool down a bit before you start frothing.
You can heat the milk on the stove, but make sure it doesn’t scorch at the bottom or you can microwave it.
This depends on what do you prefer – a fuller taste or a lot of foam.
Whole milk is great if you want to work up a froth with a full flavor and a creamy texture, just perfect to take some of the bitterness in your coffee away.
Low-fat milk works up a perfect froth, with a lot of flavor and a decent foam. Perfect for latte and cappuccino.
Skim milk is low on fats and you will get a very airy froth
Here are a few easy ways to froth milk when you don’t have an espresso machine using simple utensils you might have around the kitchen. All these hacks work with warm milk between 140 and 155 degrees Fahrenheit (60-68 Celsius).
Shaking in a jar
Cannot get any simpler. Pour the warm milk in a jar, screw the lid on and shake it, baby!
Whisking by hand
If you have a manual whisk, get to work, just like when you’re making pancakes.
Pour the warm milk in a tall container and mix!
This gadget is inexpensive and fun to use, swirl it around until you get to the desired frothiness.
Add a small quantity to the container and blend on medium.
Works quite well, but make sure to use a tall pot if you don’t want milk flying all over the place.
Another simple gadget to froth milk. Just pour warm milk in and pump, literally by pushing up and down for at least 15 seconds
Now that you’ve mastered the art of milk frothing you can reward yourself with a nice cappuccino. The authentic Italian recipe calls for one-third espresso, one-third steamed milk, and one-third milk foam.
Remember low-fat milk is best for the foam you need for a cappuccino. Obviously, you can play at being a barista and experiment with ratios, adding more or less foam, until you get just the perfect taste!
The perfect foam is the one that suits your taste. However, if you want to make a velvety smooth-textured latte you should go for a froth with micro-foam bubbles, which are very small, barely noticeable
If the bubbles get too big, they will contain a lot of air, making the foam drier.
Whether you like milk or coffee creamer with your coffee there are several easy ways to create a great foam even if you do not have an espresso machine.
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