Milk frother on counter next to glass of milk

HOW TO FROTH MILK FOR YOUR COFFEE AT HOME

Whether you’re looking to whip up one of our delicious latte recipes or just in the mood to shake up your morning coffee with a light and fluffy topping, this guide will teach you how to froth milk with whatever tools you have on hand around the house.

Option #1 — Froth Milk in a Mason Jar

Milk in jar on counter
  • STEP ONE

Pour ½ cup of the milk of your choice into a mason jar. Ensure you only fill the jar halfway so the milk has enough room to froth and puff up.

  • STEP TWO

Put the lid on the jar tightly and shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.

  • STEP THREE

Remove the lid and place the opened jar in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.

  • STEP FOUR

Enjoy frothy steamed milk!

Option #2 — Froth Milk Using a Coffee Press

Frothed milk in Coffee Press
  • STEP ONE

Pour milk of your choice in a glass or ceramic container and heat to 140ºF. Pour heated milk into your coffee press and make sure there’s enough room for your milk to double in size.

  • STEP TWO

Carefully raise and lower the plunger of your coffee press and work your way up to a vigorous tempo.

  • STEP THREE

Maintain that pace for 30 seconds or until the milk has frothed up until twice its original size.

  • STEP FOUR

Enjoy frothy steamed milk!

Option #3 — Froth Milk Using a Handheld Frothing Wand

Frothing milk with handheld frother
  • STEP ONE

Fill ⅓ of a tall mug with milk and heat to 140ºF. Make sure there’s enough room for your milk to double in size.

  • STEP TWO

Insert your frother’s whisk into the milk close to the mug’s base.

  • STEP THREE

Turn the frother on for 15 to 20 seconds while moving the whisk head slowly around the circumference of the mug.

  • STEP FOUR

As the milk begins to thicken, slowly raise the frother so that it’s always just under the top of the froth.

  • STEP FIVE

Once the milk has doubled in size, switch the frother off and remove from your mug.

  • STEP SIX

Enjoy frothy steamed milk!

Option #4 — Froth Milk by Hand

If you don’t have a mason jar, coffee press or handheld frother, you can also froth your milk by hand with a whisk or electric mixer. The steps are similar, but just require a little bit more elbow grease.

  • STEP ONE

Fill ⅓ of a tall mug or bowl with milk and heat to 140ºF. Make sure there’s enough room for your milk to double in size.

  • STEP TWO

With a whisk, use a vigorous back and forth motion to stir the milk until it doubles in size.

  • STEP THREE

Enjoy frothy steamed milk!

FOR CAFÉ-QUALITY MILK FROTH, YOU CAN ALSO USE AN ELECTRIC FROTHER LIKE A NESTLÉ NESPRESSO® AEROCCINO.

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