Making the perfect frothy coffee
How to Achieve the Perfect Frothy coffee.
What are the best types of milk to froth? (Make cappuccinos)
• Non-fat or skimmed milk provides the largest foam bubbles and is the easiest to froth for beginners. Since there is no fat in the milk, the result is light and airy but the flavour is not as rich as other types of milk.
• Semi skimmed milk will also foam effortlessly as well as add a more creamy taste than non-fat milk.
• Whole milk is more challenging to achieve perfect froth as the fat in the milk weighs down the foam, however this produces the most decadent, rich tasting cappuccino. Practice incorporating the right amount of steam into the milk to produce an authentic micro foam cappuccino.
• Other types of milk such as soy will froth, but will lose the bubbles quickly as the protein structures of these types of milk cannot fully support the milk bubbles.
• Organic and lactose free milk do not froth as well as other types of milk. This has to do with the pasteurisation process of these milks. What are the best types of milk to steam? (Make lattes)
• Skimmed milk, semi skimmed milk, whole milk, organic milk and lactose free milk will provide excellent results for your latte.
• Soy milk, almond milk, rice milk and coconut milk can also be heated for a dairy free latte alternative. What is the optimal temperature for steaming and frothing milk?
• Milk proteins will start to break down and burn around 170°F.
• The ideal temperature for steaming milk on a home espresso machine is between 150°F – 155°F.
• Most cafés serve coffee beverages between 155°F – 165°F. • 160°F is the ideal temperature for a drink that will be taken to-go.
• Always pre-heat your latte and cappuccino cups to ensure the milk maintains proper temperature.
• Different types of milk have different burning points. Soy milk will burn before whole milk will. Practice frothing your favourite milk to find out the best temperature for your taste.