Bringing the Italian Coffee Shop Into Your Home
Sipping on an afternoon cappuccino in the afternoon sun is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Once upon a time, such pleasure was only available to those willing or able to shell out the money for a trip to Italy. The rise of the gourmet coffee shop brought that pleasure to cities all over the U.S., and now, getting your cappuccino is as easy as taking a trip to your local cafe.
But, suppose you don’t feel like venturing out into the world, and you still want to enjoy an excellent cup of coffee under a cloud of frothy white milk? Well, you’re in luck. The rise of the home milk frother can bring the pleasure of cappuccino right into your home or office. When it comes to home milk frothers, you have multiple options available to you.
The Basics of Milk Frothers
When it comes to achieving results on a budget, your options are generally limited to frothers that operate on human power and don’t heat the milk for you. Or you might find a few types that insulate your milk froth to keep it at the ideal hot or cold temperature.
The truth is, as long as you’re only frothing enough milk for one or two drinks at a time and have access to another means to heat the milk before you froth it – if you’re looking for hot foam – a hand frother will work just fine.
A hand frother is typically a carafe of some sort with a tight-fitting lid and a plunger with a frothing tip. You put your dairy or nondairy milk of choice in the carafe, and agitate manually until the desired froth has been achieved. A couple of high quality, manual frothing options include the Norpro Glass Froth Master, and the stainless steel HIC Milk Creamer Frother.
The next level up in frothing your milk at home takes the manual labor out of getting the perfect hot or cold dairy or nondairy foam, but still won’t help you achieve the perfect foam temperature. This level of milk frother also will not generally hold your foam at the ideal temperature, and they don’t typically come with their own carafes. In our opinion, the best electric handheld models include the Aerolatte Handheld Milk Frother and the PowerLix Handheld Battery Operated Milk Frother.
For frothing luxury, you can move up to an all-in-one electric frother that heats, froths, and holds your milk of choice at the perfect temperature. Some of them are even insulated, so you can move them off the stand and keep your foam at ideal temps. Full service models include the Keurig Milk Frother, the Breville Milk Cafe Milk Frother, and the Secura Automatic Electric Milk Frother.
Perfect Milk Foam for the Best Cafe Experience at Home
Cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites, and all of the other kinds of cafe drinks that require some sort of milk foam are now easier than ever to produce at home, thanks to the wide range of home milk frothers available for purchase. Whether you choose to go with a basic manual model, a high-end all-in-one option, or something in between is up to you.
Now, you can make your favorite frothy, milky, delicious beverages in the comfort of your own home or office, and sip life’s simple pleasures without take a trip to Italy or your local café!