Fooling the Baristas: How to Make Milk Foam Without a Frother

A quick way to froth milk and create a coffee shop-like cup of caffeine right at home.
By Shuchi Mittal

Coffe Froth

I love a good latte. I love it even more because of my inability to create it at home. Of course, I could buy an espresso machine, a milk frother and take a Barista course, but I am lazy. Not to mention jobless- so that would be quite a pocket cleaning adventure.

After trying for years to froth milk at home, I chanced upon a winner method using a French press. Easy as A and ready in minutes, it came close to creating my perfect smooth cuppa.

Fooling the Baristas: Fizz that Milk
 
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Quick way to froth milk and create a cafe-like cup of caffeine right at home
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Recipe Type: Drink
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 shot of espresso or ⅓ cup instant coffee in hot water
  • Sugar to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the milk for 45 seconds
  2. Pour it in a french press and work the press with smooth up and down pumping movements till the milk is double its volume. Keep aside
  3. Prepare your espresso, or if you don't own a machine like me, mix ¾ teaspoon of your favorite instant coffee in boiling water. Add sugar if required.
  4. Tilt the cup and pour the frothed milk slowly from the side to an inch below the brim
  5. Top with the milk froth and dust with coffee or chocolate powder
  6. Give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy!

Shuchi Mittal

Shuchi cooks with the heart of a poet. Banker turned chef, she runs the 29. Private Kitchen in NYC focusing on social tasting events, dining experiences and small-scale private events. Using simple & wholesome ingredients, she likes to re-invent homemade Indian flavors into modern tapas & small plates.
Her dream? To cook, feed, write, and eventually open her own communal dining cafe – with a published recipe book on the stands.

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5 Comments
  1. Or you can just whisk (hand or electric – both are super easy) while heating gently. Be sure not to let it boil. If it starts to get too hot before there’s enough froth, add in an ice cube and turn down the heat. Perfect froth.

  2. Actually you can buy a “small french press” for that purpose only in Denmark. It’s quite handy. You can heat the milk directly in the container and then foam the milk. It’s even small and pretty inexpensive. :)

  3. I am a barista but had never heard of this trick. Since I don’t own all the expensive equipment at home either, I can’t wait to give this a try! Going to do it right now.

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