How to Make Latte Foam

June 15, 2015 1 min read

Comment faire la mousse à latte? - Café Barista

Microfoam is made by frothing milk using the steam wand of an espresso machine. It is made of miniscule microbubbles (not visible to the eye), and it is this consistency that gives the coffee a lightly sweet taste.

The technique to get this consistency requires a bit of practice.

The Steps are Relatively Simple:

  1. First, flush out the steam wand.

  2. Place the steam wand at an angle to the surface of the milk (about 1/3 of the depth of the container). It is important to stabilize the container (as in no back-and-forth movements).

  3. Activate the vapour to create a swirl in the surface of the milk (you will hear the noise of the air being introduced into your milk for a few seconds).

  4. Once the consistency of the milk is thicker, lower the steam wand to heat the milk (which should not exceed 145°F, meaning the temperature at which it is still possible to hold the frother in your hand).

  5. Flush out the steam wand, while wiping the extra milk off the wand using a damp cloth.

It’s always possible to incorporate more air into your milk to thicken it, however, be careful not to add too much air or overheat it because that can make it difficult to make little designs in your coffees!

One last tip: don’t be afraid to practice!

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