Yes we all love the taste of fresh coffee. We even enjoy the performance of choosing the beans, grinding, brewing and frothing. But sometimes, most times for many of us, we just need a quick brew.
It’s a lot easier to just stick the kettle on and ladle a spoonful of powder into a mug. Which is fine but just by using a milk frother you can add a whole new dimension to a humble cup of instant.
Using a milk frother with instant coffee
Some would say that making a decent cup of coffee is an art. And we wouldn’t disagree with this statement. If you look at some of the world’s best baristas or even just us amateurs at home, you will see the level of skill and dedication that goes into their frothy coffee.
But when you’re at home, relaxing in front of the TV or rushing to meet a deadline at work, instant coffee is far easier, more convenient and quicker to make. But can you use a milk frother with instant coffee?
When you have made your cup of instant coffee, there is absolutely no reason that you cannot then add a cup of foamed milk. This will upgrade your coffee by adding a touch of luxury not to mention improving the texture to something that is more similar to a cafe drink.
That said, instant coffee is never going to have the same taste and freshness as ground beans. We all know that but let’s look at the pros and cons anyway.
Pros and cons of instant coffee
One of the obvious advantages to using instant coffee is that it is, well…instant! Modern life dictates that we often have to do things in a hurry. And instant coffee is a great way to get your caffeine fix without the lengthy process of using a barista machine or an espresso maker.
That said, when you do have the time, we would highly recommend using these methods for the most satisfying drink.
Another benefit of instant coffee is that it is much more affordable and the price per cup is vastly cheaper than freshly ground beans. Moreover, this type of coffee doesn’t include a lot of waste packaging.
If you don’t like an overly intense flavour then instant coffee might be for you. That said there are varying types of intensities and there is a massive selection of instant coffee on supermarket shelves and once you add your frothed milk, the flavour will be heightened even more.
The biggest drawback to using instant coffee is that, no matter how hard you try, you are never going to replicate the taste of freshly ground beans. You can use a milk frother and get an improved texture, but the freeze-drying process used in making the coffee removes a lot of the oils and taste making it far less rich and full bodied.
How to froth milk for instant coffee
If you’re keen to use instant coffee as a base for your drink but want to upgrade it using foamed milk, there are two great options. A handheld milk frother acts like a whisk and is inserted into the milk, agitating it and producing tiny air bubbles.
There are also automatic electric milk frothers that feature a jug into which the milk is poured. At the push of a button, your frother will heat the milk (or not, if you’re making iced coffee) and froth it, without you having to lift a finger.
If you’re in a hurry or just want the most convenient way of frothing milk for instant coffee I’d recommend a handheld milk frother. They are so easy to use, ‘instant’ just like the coffee and you won’t pay more than £15 ($20). You can see our recommended models in the table below.
Instant coffee might not have the taste and fullness of freshly ground beans but it does offer convenience. If you are looking for a way to spruce up your instant coffee then using a milk frother to create foamed milk is a sure-fire way of taking your drink to the next level.