Steaming milk is the most important way to create not only the texture but also the fluffy foam for your delicious latte. Doing this part may look simple to you, in fact, it does require lots of techniques to make yourself an excellent cup of coffee.
Overall, without the foam, your latte or cappuccino is just only an espresso. So what does exactly latte look like?
# What is Latte?
The “Latte” is actually an Italian word for “milk” as a shortened version of the European “cafe e latte”, which probably means “coffee and milk” in Italian. You may get confused between Latte and Cappuccino. In fact, both have the similar texture and their biggest difference is the percentage of milk that use. It’s similar to a cappuccino but it’s simply made with more milk–a latte is 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk and it’s topped with about 1/4 of an inch of foam from frothed milk. The latte has two times as much steamed milk as a cappuccino but less foam.
Here is some tips that you probably want to take on how to steam milk for your latte at home.
But at first, before going to the steaming milk for latte process, make sure you got everything you need to make a consistency fluffy foam.
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In order to make a delicious latte, I would recommend going with these type of milk. It comes as no surprise that these are the best milk for latte.
- Using Non-fat milk, whole milk, 2% Milk, organic milk and free lactose milk will create the extraordinary results for your latte at home.
- Using soy milk, almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk can also be heated for a daily free latte alternative.
Just remember, the more fat in the milk is, the heavier and the harder to froth it is. So if you want a delicious and beautiful texture frothed milk outcome, you probably want to pick Non-Fat milk or 2% milk for the recipe, those are the best milk for latte.
However, the recipe doesn’t require only milk, you have to make sure all these things are ready as well:
- An electric milk frother with steaming milk setting.
- Milk pitcher as a container.
It’s very simple to get that 2 things, but before frothing your milk, I would love to give some hints about why you have to choose the certain type of milk.
Firstly, the primary factor in achieving well-frothed milk is cold and fresh milk. Yes, in order to do so, you have to take the milk directly from the refrigerator and froth as soon as possible.
The second factor is keeping your milk away from the light. Why? Because it may have a negative effect on the texture outcome.
You probably want to make sure that never leave the milk after using because it can affect the freshness of the milk. Remember don’t add fresh milk to milk that already steamed as the bacteria can grow. Moreover, never pour the hot milk over ice as well.
Most important, the organic and lactose free milk are ultra-pasteurized, thus the proteins in milk will be destroyed and will not support the milk bubbles in the foam. If you want to create a thick froth, I would recommend not going with these types of milk. Both work better for lattes.
# How to Steam Milk for Latte at Home?
- Firstly, you have to make sure your steam wand is clean.
- Drain the nozzle by starting then stopping it when it is dry, but the steam coming out.
- Pour the milk into the milk pitcher, maybe a half of the pitcher.
- Put the nozzle in the milk pitcher so that the tip is barely submerged in the milk, just below the top surface.
- Turn on the steamer then keep the nozzle just below the top of the milk until it reaches 100°F. After that, you have to place the nozzle to the bottom of the milk until it reaches 155°F.
- Just wait a few seconds and pour it into your espresso. Your delicious homemade latte is ready to drink.
# Advanced Tips on Latte Milk Temperature
Optimizing the latte milk temperate is very important in order to make a better result in steaming milk.
- The perfect temperature for steaming milk on the espresso maker is between 150°F and 155°F.
- 160°F is the excellent temperature for a takeaway drink.
- Remember to pre-heat your latte and cappuccinos cups to make sure your milk maintains the right temperature.