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Manual froth (Ikea/ aero latte style)

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  • Manual froth (Ikea/ aero latte style)

    Hey Guys,

    So when ever I make a coffee using my moka pot and the manual milk frother (I'm not calling it a cappuccino or flat white since I am not paying attention to the milk/ espresso ratio at all), the coffee tastes awesome in the first minute, the froth and the coffee is mixed nicely together. Then after a short while, the froth will start to rise and get to the top. Then you can taste distinctively the froth and the liquid.

    Anyone has this issue? I don't seem to notice this issue when I order coffee outside.

  • #2
    Hey mate,

    A few things.
    Firstly, It is just what milk does. It happens more in skinny milk but it also happens in full cream milk.

    Secondly, overheating the milk will make this happen a lot faster. This is why I like my coffees at 'barista temperature' around 50 degrees and the milk stays combined for a decent amount of time.

    Thirdly, it could just be your milk brand and texture. Some brands just don't steam very well at different times throughout the year as the cows aren't getting the proteins that they need to produce good, quality milk for steaming. Also, it depends on what you mean by 'froth'. Are you talking about creamy microfoam or fluffy froth?



    • #3
      I have used Aerolatte style frothers on holidays, and at a friends place. Most of them create create a coarser froth than steaming does, and it does seem to separate from the milk more easily than the finer foam that is created in well steamed milk.
      The best whizzer I ever saw was home made using the motor from a toy racing car - it really spun that beater, and it did make pretty good foam.


      • #4
        Is there any standalone steamer on the market that can be used to froth milk the same way you do on an espresso machine?


        • #5
          I use the whole fat milk from Woolies.
          I do heat them to around 60-70 ish degrees everytime because thats what the thermometer have as the 'suggested' temp. Will try and see what happens when the milk is at 50C now.

          I did wanted to buy an espresso machine just for the steamer but it takes up too much space (I'm talking about the smaller models, not the big commercial machines). Browsing online suggests that there are stove top steamers. Are they any good? Are they a pain to use?