If you want to make a latte or cappuccino at home without the expense of going to a coffee shop, you need to use a milk frother. There is no other way of creating the thick textured foam you need for a classic frothy coffee. A milk frother will make foam in as little as 30 seconds.
Once you froth you just can’t stop
Out of all the household gadgets you thought you didn’t need but can’t do without a milk frother will be top of the list. If you haven’t used one before you’re in for a treat. It’s safe to say you won’t make coffee the same way ever again. A milk frother will hugely improve your coffee.
Starbucks doesn’t have to be a treat
When we head into Starbucks or any other franchised or independent coffee shop for that matter, we know we’re going to be paying a premium price for our drink. But we’re Ok with that because it isn’t every day and there’s no way we can replicate the way those clever baristas make sweet frothy latte or cappuccino.
But there is. It really is easy to make a coffee shop quality latte at home. And for a fraction of the price. Starbucks doesn’t have to be a treat when you have a milk frother. It’s something you can have as many times as you like every day.
Why you should use a milk frother
If you’re a fan of frothy coffee or creamy hot chocolate, you should use a milk frother. In as little as 30 seconds you can make rich foamy milk that is perfect for creating your own latte at home.
Read more: 10 benefits of a milk frother
It isn’t too much of an exaggeration to say that the humble milk frother will change your entire coffee drinking experience. As we said above – once you froth you just can’t stop.
Which milk frother should I choose?
This is where it can get a little confusing. If you want an in-depth guide and to learn more about milk frothers you should read How to use milk frothers and FAQs. However, if you want it all wrapped up in a nutshell, I’ll see what I can do here.
When it comes to milk frothers you basically have a choice between manual and automatic (electric) devices.
An electric or automatic milk frother not only froths but heats milk as well. Just pour in the cold milk, press a button and one or two minutes later you’ll have warm frothy milk.
The advantage in using this type of milk frother is that it both heats and foams the milk. And of course, you can just sit back and relax while it does its thing.
The best frothers have many different settings to foam the milk just as you need it. But even the basic models will have three settings: hot foam, cold foam, warm milk (no foam).
We’ve reviewed plenty of electric milk frothers but without doubt I would recommend the Severin SM3587.
It’s an awesome multi-function milk frother. You cab read our in-depth review here.
The most popular milk frothers are the handheld devices, these are very affordable with even the best ones coming in at under £20 ($25).
These differ from electric frothers in that they are basically a small battery-operated whisk. You must heat the milk separately and then use the frother to manually create the foam. You can see how in the video below.
It only takes around 30 seconds to make a thick foam and these frothers are easy and fun to use. If you’re looking for a new milk frother I would recommend the Zulay Milk Boss.
If you want to delve more into the world of this kind of frother read this article: Best handheld milk frothers.
If an electric or handheld frother doesn’t hold any appeal for you should try a manual milk frother. Again, this is a manual process but probably the most fun you can have with milk in the kitchen.
You can see how they work in the video below.
My recommended manual milk frother is the Bodum Latteo. It produces incredibly thick foam in no time at all.
Your final option is a stovetop milk frother. As the name suggests you put it on the hob to warm the milk and then pump a plunger to create the foam. It does work surprisingly well but out of all the frothers it is probably the trickiest type to use.
You can read our tips on using a stovetop milk frother or, if you want to dive straight in, I would heartily recommend the Judge milk frother which comes with a 25-year guarantee.
Why use a milk frother?
Hopefully I’ve answered the question but, just to recap, if you want an authentic latte or cappuccino which tastes just like an expensive high street coffee then you really do need to keep a milk frother in your kitchen.