Made at Home: Milk Foam

Like many people, I have a weakness for fancy coffee shop drinks. Americanos, cappuccinos, “Candianas,” lattés – I love them all. The only problem is that buying these caffeined babies as often as I do can get pretty pricey. Because I don’t own an espresso machine and don’t really care to take the time to boil and steam milk on the stove, I’ve found it hard to recreate any of my favourite drinks at home – until now.

The other day I came across this article on how to make milk foam without a frother or machine and was seriously excited. I love Starbucks’ Cafe Misto (their version of a café au lait) and this recipe meant I could whip one up in a flash. Ever since I found the recipe I’ve been using it to make my own everyday. However, through trial and error (and some helpful reader comments) I think I’ve found a way to improve on the original. Here’s what I do to make my DIY Starbucks Café Misto:

For 1 serving:
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup strong coffee (I just double the amount of grinds I use when I’m making coffee)
Sugar/Flavoured Syrup (optional)

Pour 1/2 cup milk into a mason jar, attach lid, and shake for half a minute. Remove lid and microwave for 40 seconds. Take from the microwave and use an immersion blender to blend until foamy (make sure to keep the blender at the bottom of the cup!). Put back in the microwave for another 20 seconds. Pour milk into coffee, using a spoon to hold back the foam, then scoop out the foam and place on top of coffee mixture. Sweeten with sugar or flavoured syrup to taste.

**For those of you who don’t have an immersion blender at home you can just follow the original method in the link above, but your milk won’t be as foamy.**

There you have it! How to make a somewhat fancy coffee shop drink in your own home without any expensive appliances. Drink up!


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