Milk frother is probably one of the most essential tools a barista needs to serve us our beloved cup of coffees. The little tool has been gaining popularity for the past years.
If you want a velvety feel to your caffeine cup, you should know that a milk frother is your door to this world. May it be a latte or a cappuccino, a good frothing machine is definitely a need. And did you know that it does not only make your cup appealing? It also nourishes your drink into a definition like no other.
A good number of households now already house some of the milk frother out there, but unfortunately, not all of them actually know how to maximize the use of the machine. That’s such a sad waste. This little lightweight and skinny tool can do so much only if you know how.
We all know that on top of its purpose list is to give our coffee some milk that creates micro-foams. Keep on scrolling to learn more on how to make use of a good, electrically-powered milk frother.
8 things to take note of
- Choose the best product
An insanely important step to consider before purchasing a product is research. You have to gather knowledge about the features of different brands to know what suits you best. It’s your money so make sure it’s going to the right place!
Some of the things to ponder on are the machine size, cord size, storage, frothing capability, etc. Take note as well that if you are to choose, it is best to opt for those with metallic components because those are the easiest to clean. Some brands also offer the interior parts in non-stick coating and we recommend for you to go for products by which the interior coats do not flake off easily.
The key is to not rush! Take your time in learning and researching so you can ensure that your purchase is the best for your frothing needs.
- Learn about the basic instructions
Upon purchasing, the most important step and almost always neglected is reading the user manual. User manuals do not come without a reason. They are there to be read so you will know how to maximize the operation of your device.
Additionally, the manuals also offer some tips on how to troubleshoot should there be some problems in the future. Every brand is different, so take the time to get to know yours.
- How to prepare?
- Properly clean your hands and observe hygienic measures.
- Don’t forget to clean the countertop as well!
- Prepare the machine, the milk, and additional ingredients of your choice.
- Put the unit on your countertop preferably close to a power outlet if it’s corded.
- If this is your first time to run the machine, initially test the on and off switch first.
- Choose the whisk you want to use.
- Filling the carafe up
- Fix your chosen whisk on the stationary knob underneath.
- Remove the lid and throw in your milk of choice within the markings on the carafe.
- Take note that the upper mark at the tip of the top of the carafe is the maximum limit capacity if you intend to whip the milk while it’s still cold, while the lower mark should be used if you choose to whip and steam.
- You may now take the carafe at the top, shake it, then place it back into its position.
- Observe to identify the best way to fill the carafe. For a starter, you may begin by filling it half n’ half and eventually fill it completely. Compare the heat capacity between the two and decide which method is better.
- Ensure that the lid is enclosed properly.
- Operating the machine
- Switch the machine on and set it if your unit offers variable temperature options.
- If your goal is to create a micro-foam texture, do not use the whisk with the spring-like head.
- Adjust the temperature if applicable and observe your milk develop a foamy texture.
- Scoop the foam created at the top and spray it on your coffee the way you like it.
- If you’re not using an electrically-powered frother, pour the milk into your glass carafe and microwave it. After that, take the carafe out and whip it to a foamy texture. Then, scoop and place on top of your coffee.
- Safety measures
- Note that the spring-like whisk is for making a foamy, creamy, coarse milk as seen in latte coffees while the other whisk is for preparing cappuccinos.
- Ensure to follow the markings on the carafe to avoid spillages. Also, keep the buttons and the motor dry.
- Since the interior is usually made of non-stick coating, it is best to use a spatula or spoon that’s made of plastic when scooping the foam on the milk.
- If flaking becomes unbearable, stop the use of the non-stick carafe.
- Cleaning the machine
- Check the user manual to know if it’s dishwasher safe or not.
- If it is indeed safe to clean with a dishwasher, simply disconnect the carafe from its motor unit and soak it in the washing base.
- It is best to utilize warm water when washing the components.
- Ensure that the machine is dry before using it again.
- If it’s not waterproof, you may clean the unit with the use of a damp cloth or soft sponge.
- Let it dry before storing.
Once you’re done using the unit, store it in a dry, cool, and safe place. Make it a point as well to not store it in congested places. If you are using the machine everyday, storing it in an open space is the most convenient option, however, make it a point to store the milk in the fridge for it to not go stale.
This short article basically covered the how-to’s of using a milk frother to up your coffee game. Observe the suggestions here so you can enjoy your unit for much longer. Now, have fun with your milk frothers! Happy coffee drinking!