Lattes are one of the most well known and loved coffee drinks in the world, and it simply consists of 2 things: coffee and milk. But what sets apart an ‘okay’ latte from a GREAT latte? 2 more things: Fresh roast and on point steaming and frothing. The steamed milk is actually key here, and the frothing has more to do with the visual impact and texture of the latte.
Now, steaming and frothing is really easy. It all comes down to consistency and following certain steps. Follow this tutorial, and you’re on to latte steaming and frothing greatness, my friend.
Fill your frothing pitcher with milk, but careful not to fill over half way as you will need room for expansion as you steam and froth.
Place pitcher under steam wand and fully submerge steam wand tip. Turn on full power.
Ensure the top of the wand now sits just under the milk’s surface. Do not completely remove the wand from the milk during the steaming process.
Keep wand in milk until pitcher is almost too hot to hold. If milk seems to be taking too long to heat up, lower the wand to the bottom of the pitcher briefly to heat the milk, then raise back up to just underneath the surface. Once froth looks like picture below, you’re all done! Pour immediately into coffee cup with shot of espresso.