I've added a wonderful, new improvement to my Frieling-brewed morning coffee - foamed milk courtesy of Nessy, my lovely, new Nespresso milk frother.
After experiencing the joys of the milk frother first-hand at our friends, Phoebe and Craig's house this fall, I decided that I needed one. I did some research and found that although the Nespresso Aeroccino is not the cheapest option out there, it seems to be the best one. So I ordered one on Amazon for about $85 and have never looked back.
Now my morning cuppa is topped with a luxurious layer of foamed milk. It feels pretty decadent :)
The Nespresso is a nice little gadget that makes hot and cold foamed milk as well as just plain warm milk for lattes. It's fast, quiet and easy to clean. You have to wash it by hand but that's okay with me since I need to use it every morning and do not run the dishwasher quite that often anyway.
Two things to note:
1. Respect the max fill line! It will overflow if you go past the mark (I learned that one the hard way...)
2. When it comes to frothing, all milks are not created equal. I've found that anything that's not homogenized (meaning the cream has risen to the top) will not froth well. My top choice is Organic Valley - both because I trust their practices (more on which milk companies are best for you, the cows and the planet here) and because their milk foams up real nice-like.
If you do not do dairy, do not despair - you can still get foam! The one brand to avoid appears to be Silk which apparently does not froth at all. But people report that you can get great froth from Pacific's soy milk blenders and their almond milk blenders as well as from Westsoy organic soy milk. From the Internet chatter on this topic, it seems like Starbucks uses Pacific's milks for their cappuccinos and they've probably done their homework.
Let me know if you've got any java-enhancing tricks up your sleeve that I should know about.
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