A coffee frother is a small handheld device around 21cm long. It has a hard plastic body with a stainless-steel stem and whisk head. The whisk is around 2cm wide. The device is powered by batteries and works like a mini kitchen whisk. It’s used to foam milk to make a range of frothy coffees including cappuccino. A coffee frother is more familiarly known as a milk frother.
How do I use a coffee frother?
The great thing about coffee frothers is that they are very easy to use. And they help you make amazing barista quality frothy coffee in your own home. At a fraction of the cost, you pay in Starbucks. You can even use them with instant coffee to elevate even the simplest drink.
As we mentioned above a coffee frother is more or less a mini whisk. But don’t be fooled. Even though these devices are and powered by batteries they are very powerful. They really do whip up a storm.
The process of making a great tasty coffee with the help of a frother is quite straightforward. But the results are amazing.
- Make a coffee base. This is usually a shot (or two) of espresso. You can make the coffee base in an espresso maker, a filter machine or even a pod system.
- While preparing the base you need to warm the milk. You can do this either in a saucepan or in a microwave. You’ll probably find the microwave much more convenient.
- Pour the coffee base into a cup, mug or glass.
- You now need to froth the milk*. Put the whisk head of the frother into the milk and switch it on. Move the whisk slowly around the milk at a slight angle keeping the head in the top layer of the milk.
- After 30 seconds or so you will have created a rich and dense foam.
- Pour the foamy milk onto the coffee base.
And that’s it. You’ll have a wonderful frothy coffee which tastes amazing.
*Depending on the recipe you may want to pour half of the warm milk onto the coffee base and then froth the remaining half. Otherwise, you may have too much foam.
This is the best way to make a cappuccino.
Can I use a frother with instant coffee?
Yes, you can use a frother with instant coffee. To be quite honest many people only use it with instant powder as they want a frothy drink without the hassle of warming milk and brewing a coffee.
It is certainly much easier and quicker to make an instant cup of coffee. And there are two ways to use a coffee frother with a cup of instant.
How most people use it is to make the cup of coffee as usual with powder and hot water. Don’t put the milk in the cup yet. Once the kettle has boiled and powder and water mixed it’s time to froth the milk.
Put the milk into a separate cup or jug and froth as we’ve described above. It’s important to remember that the volume of milk will double once it’s been frothed. Pour the foamy milk into your cup of coffee and enjoy.
The second way to use a coffee frother with instant coffee is to use it with the ready mixed sachets you can buy in supermarkets. These products always look foamy on the packets but seldom look like it in reality.
But giving the prepared drink a quick whisk with your coffee frother will make it far foamier.
Which is the best coffee frother?
We’ve highlighted the best coffee frothers in the table below. There are many more to choose from.
The models we’re recommended are, in my opinion at least, the best on the market at the moment. The great thing about these frothers is that even the best is great value for money.
You can pick them up from between £10-£17 or so. Some models can be purchased for less than a fiver but to be honest they are very poor quality and not worth the money.
Stick with the models we’ve highlighted in the table below and you won’t go wrong.
I personally own all three (one of the benefits of being a product reviewer) and use one or the other on a daily basis though I have to say the Milk Boss is my favourite.
You can read my Zulay Milk Boss review here.
Best coffee frothers at a glance
Where can I buy a coffee frother from?
In the States it seems you can pick up a milk frother in any of the big stores. Here in the UK, it’s a bit different as I’ve never seen one in the supermarkets. Like most things the best choice is online.
Amazon has dozens of coffee frothers to choose from but you can pick them up from other online retailers.
One bricks and mortar store which does sell a frother is Ikea. You can read our review of the Ikea coffee frother here.
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