A frothy coffee evokes images of snowy winter days spent snuggling up on the couch in front of the fireplace with a cup of coffee.
However, daily visits to your favorite coffee shop can be pretty expensive, but you don’t have to drink watery coffee to save money.
Your cup of coffee can instantly elevate to luxury when you add a generous amount of velvety frothed creamer.
In the opinion of many coffee enthusiasts, you can only truly experience the flavor of coffee if you drink it black, but this is not the case for everybody. Most people take coffee with frothed milk or creamer because they find the natural flavor too bitter or pungent.
However, the question is, can you froth creamer like froth milk?
Short answer, yes!
You can use frothing techniques traditionally used for milk to froth coffee creamer for your delicious coffee.
- You can froth-flavored creamer for your coffee drinks to elevate the taste and texture.
- There are several ways to froth-flavored creamers using different milk frothers.
- Electric milk frothers can prepare cold coffee creamer for your iced coffee.
- Your espresso steam wand can make hot frothed creamer for your hot coffee.
- There are liquid, powdered, and plant-based coffee creamers.
- You can use a non-dairy creamer or non-dairy milk like almond milk to make milk foam to balance the bitter taste of your espresso drinks.
What are the Different Types of Creamers?
The coffee creamer contains water, sugar, and vegetable oil and is usually heavily processed and loaded with sugar. It has a high calorie and saturated fat content, and each serving can have 5 grams of sugar.
The benefits of coffee creamer over milk include that it is full of flavors. You can find almost every flavor in creamers, like snickerdoodle, French vanilla, cinnamon, mocha, hazelnut, and many others.
While using coffee creamers, you must know what their different forms are available.
Liquid Coffee Creamer
There are many flavors of liquid creamer on the market, from hazelnut to vanilla to cookie-flavored. You’ll often find non-dairy creamers as well as low-fat and sugar-free options.
Liquid creamer tastes fresher than powdered ones and easily dissolves in your coffee.
Once you open a liquid creamer, you must store it in the refrigerator in its original container, so it doesn’t go rancid. Also, it is preferred to use it within a month of opening it for freshness and good taste.
Powdered Coffee Creamer
There are many powdered creamers on the market, but the one with sweetened milk flavor is usually preferred.
To completely dissolve it in your coffee, you might have to put in extra effort in stirring it.
Powder creamers can be stored anywhere as there is no need to refrigerate them. You can use an opened pack of powdered creamer for upto six months, and it would still taste like new.
Plant-based Coffee Creamer
The plant-based creamers are free of milk or cream and consist of more nutrient-dense ingredients like cacao, corn syrup, and cane sugar. However, they taste somewhat the same as other standard creamers.
Compared to powder or liquid creamers, you can store plant-based creamers for a prolonged period.
The plant-based creamer we recommend is Laird Superfood, which is made from extra virgin coconut oil, coconut milk powder, coconut sugar, Aquaman, and mushroom extracts (don’t worry, your coffee won’t taste like mushrooms).
What is the Equipment Required to Froth Creamer?
There are several ways to froth coffee creamer to achieve the perfect frothiness for your coffee drink.
Remember that the result depends on the type of creamer you use, and its quality.
All the following equipment provides excellent results to froth coffee creamer. However, you can choose a tool that seems convenient to you.
For getting the right texture of frothed coffee creamer, make sure you heat. Warm creamer will hold air bubbles better and hence will have better texture.
Electric Milk Frother
An electric or handheld milk frother is easy to use and comes in various options to find affordable. You can froth coffee creamer in a few simple steps and get the desired results.
To froth the creamer with an electric milk frother, pour the creamer into a container. If you use powdered coffee creamer, add a little water; water isn’t required for liquid creamers.
Plug the milk frother, switch it on and start frothing the creamer. Stop when the volume increases and you think the creamer has the desired consistency.
A Mason Jar
A mason jar for frothing coffee creamer? Yes!
It may seem odd to read this, but a simple mason jar works as great as any appliance to froth creamer for your coffee.
It is the most affordable tool for frothing coffee creamer at home. All you need to do is pour the creamer into the jar, close the lid tightly and shake it strenuously for 45 seconds to upto a minute.
Open the lid and check if it has the required frothiness. If not, repeat the process.
If preparing a frothed creamer for a latte, put the mason jar in the microwave and heat it for a few seconds. You will get the perfect hot foam to add to your latte.
Note: Fill the mason jar only halfway, leaving space for creamer to froth.
Types of Milk you can use for frothing:
Picking a type of milk for frothing depends on your preference. You can choose any of the following options depending on how you like the foam to turn out:
It is called skim milk when regular milk is deprived of all its fat content. As skim milk has low-fat content, it will make light foam when you froth it.
Low-fat or lite milk has less than 1.5% fat content and more calcium. It is full of flavor and makes the perfect foam for milk-based coffees.
Whole milk contains all the fat in its natural state, it is full of texture and flavors, so it’s ideal for adding it to coffees to dilute the bitterness. It makes the thickest and most rich foam.
How To Froth Creamer at Home?
If you can froth creamer at home, you can make various coffee drinks yourself rather than rushing to the coffee shop to grab a cup.
Frothing creamer at home will save you time and money and will give you control over how you would like your coffee to be. You can adjust the flavor and texture and experiment with several ways of frothing.
Following are the ways of frothing you can use:
A Hand Whisk
A hand whisk is something every kitchen already has. This kitchen staple will help to get the perfect frothed creamer without spending money on new equipment.
A hand whisk is the cheapest option for frothing creamer but might yield better results than expected. It also requires extra effort and time because you have to operate it with your hands and might need to make the creamer more frothy.
To froth the creamer:
- Pour it into a bowl and heat it a little in the microwave.
- Start whisking it like you would whisk an egg.
- Keep whisking till you like the texture of the creamer.
A Frothing Wand
A frothing wand is handy to avoid exerting energy using a hand whisk for frothed creamer or milk. It is still affordable compared to an electric milk frother or other appliances.
It works great with hot and cold creamers to prepare hot and cold foam for your hot beverages or iced coffees.
It is simple to use a frothing wand. Just pour the creamer into a container, plug in the wand to a power source and start frothing.
Great news for coffee lovers who already have an espresso machine with a steam wand. You can use your espresso machine not just for coffee but also for frothing creamers.
In case you think buying a new espresso machine for enjoying the frothing facility is worth it, no, it isn’t.
We are not suggesting you buy an espresso machine to froth creamer because it is an expensive option.
However, to use an espresso machine for frothing milk or creamer, pour the creamer into the jug and start the frothing by placing the wand into the center of the jug. Continually heat the creamer before starting the frothing process.
A French press is a popular way of making coffee manually, but what if we tell you you can use it to froth creamer for coffee as well?
Frothing with a french press gives you control over the texture, so you achieve a perfect froth texture similar to a commercially made one.
Before starting to froth, warm up the creamer. Then add it to the french press.
Raise the plunger above the creamer a few times. It will collect some air to add texture to the milk. Move the plunger up and down a few times till you get the desired texture.
How to Know if the Foam is Perfect?
The perfect foam is full of creamy texture and frothiness. It is made by aerating coffee creamer or milk. Aerating means stretching the milk to add air bubbles, increasing its volume and creating foam.
It can be easily achieved using whole milk with 2 % fat content; for a non-dairy alternative, you can use almond or oat milk. However, the milk must be fresh and 60 to 63 degrees.
Can you froth powdered creamer?
Yes! To froth powdered creamer, dilute it with cold milk or water. Then, froth it as you would normally froth any liquid coffee creamer.
Can you whip a creamer into foam?
You can whip liquid or powdered coffee creamer into foam by mixing it with whipped cream. Then use a whisk to beat it vigorously till you get the right texture.
Can you froth cold creamer?
Yes! To make cold foam for your iced drinks, you can froth cold liquid creamer.
What happens when you whip a creamer?
When you whip, a coffee creamer becomes light and fluffy because the fat content breaks down, creating air bubbles.