This post was updated on: December 9, 2019
Frothing milk for making a latte is nothing different from frothing the milk for any other coffee. For making a latte, all you have to do is use milk in higher proportion than the microfoam. Generally, the secret of making the perfect latter lies in adding the steamed milk and microfoam in the right proportion. Hence, keep reading this article if you want to know how to steam milk for latte and master the art of its making.
Steamed Milk in Perfect Latte
First things first, you need to know about the latte if you are going to froth for the first time in your life. Latte comprises three layers which include the first – espresso shot, second – the steamed milk, and third – the foam of the milk. Moreover, these three ingredients are present in the cappuccino as well. As the matter of fact, these three ingredients have different proportions in both.
Having said that, cappuccino has the stronger taste because the proportion of the steamed milk, foam, and espresso remains 1:3. Whereas latte will have the same amount of espresso as that of the cappuccino but double the steamed milk volume.
In simple terms, when frothing doubles the volume of the milk(including the foam) then that is the perfect proportion if making a cappuccino. In the same manner, when the frothing increases the volume of milk 1.5 times the volume of milk in cold form then that is the perfect proportion for making a latte.
Step by Step Guide to Froth Milk for Latte
Latte tastes smooth but less creamy because of the higher proportion of milk and very little foam. Hence, you need to take care of these points while frothing the milk. It will allow you to froth the milk without spending too much time learning to froth.
1. Pour Cold Milk in the Pitcher
Take the pitcher or another vessel similar to it if you don’t have a pitcher. Fill the pitcher with the milk after measuring the coffee cup. You can pour the cold milk in the coffee cup before filling the same cup with espresso. The milk should measure less than the half of the cup just about half but less than the half. Pour that volume of milk in the pitcher.
2. Initiate the Brewing Process and Keep the Frothing Pitcher
Coming to the next step, start the espresso machine and brew the coffee. Along with that, keep the apparatus for frothing ready. Generally, the espresso machine featuring a single boiler will need a few seconds to start frothing after completing brewing. Moreover, you can take the liberty of utilizing the delay between brewing and frothing and get the pitcher filled with milk at that time.
On the contrary, you do not have to wait for frothing if you have the espresso machine with a double boiler. As it won’t delay the frothing process after the completion of brewing. In fact, some of the espresso makers will even perform both the brewing and frothing tasks simultaneously.
3. Submerge the Frothing Wand in the Milk
Take the pitcher and get the tip of the frothing wand to submerge just closer to the surface of the milk. Along with that, position the top of the wand keeping it near to the side wall. It will allow the cold milk to uniformly infuse with the steam and develop bubbles.
4. Make a Swirl
You should thrive to swirl the milk along with the side of its walls. It will easily develop the bubbles in the milk uniformly. Additionally, it will lead to disintegrate the bigger bubbles into the smaller ones resulting in developing of foam.
Thereafter, you shall proceed with the most crucial part frothing the milk. Moreover, frothing the milk for cappuccino will be easier than this. Because keeping the perfect proportion of steamed milk and foam is difficult. However, you can wait till the volume of the milk increases to 1.5 times its actual volume.
5. Enjoy the Coffee
Now that the milk is frothed, you shall pour the milk into the brewed espresso without further ado. Because the foam of the milk will not need much time to suppress.
To say the least, frothing the milk for espresso is all about taking care of the recipe. Along with that, you need to maintain the timing for brewing, frothing, and infusing the milk in espresso for the best tasting latte.