How to Make Cold Foam is your ultimate guide to making cold foam at home! We show you 3 easy ways to make it too!
There are so many fun cold coffee and tea drinks out there lately (like this Iced Matcha Latte) that are actually really easy to make at home. A lot of them call for cold foam so we thought we would spend a little time breaking down all the different ways you can easily make it at home!
What is Cold Foam
Cold Foam is frothed milk (or dairy-free alternative) that has been infused with air through the frothing process, but no heat is used so it ends up being simply cold frothed milk! Perfect for iced coffee or tea drinks.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Easy: this truly is easier than you think and can be made with tools you most likely already have around your house!
- Quick: every method discussed take no more than a couple minutes!
- Just Like a Coffee Shop: nothing like making your own, coffee-shop-worthy coffee drinks at home!
What You Will Need
- Milk, Half and Half or your choice of dairy-free creamer (or coconut milk): if you are dairy-free I love using this carton of coconut milk from Thai Kitchen! Milk froths better when it has a higher fat content so if you are using milk a whole milk would be your best option and for dairy-free I would use a dairy-free cream or this carton of coconut milk works great!
- Hand Frother: this option uses a handheld milk frother like this one! Very inexpensive and easy to use!
- French Press: this might actually be one of my favorite methods! Here is one similar to the one I used!
- Milk Frother: here is the milk frother I have been using for a couple years now. They are more expensive, but if you use it every day instead of buying a coffee shop coffee….I think they are worth it!
How to Make Cold Foam with a Hand Frother
The hand frother method is very easy! Simply add your milk or dairy-free alternative to a glass measuring cup and then froth with your handheld frother until it becomes frothy.
You can see in this before and after shot how much higher the milk got after just a minute or two of frothing.
Pour on top of your favorite cold coffee or tea.
How to Make Cold Foam with a French Press
This might be my favorite method and it is just as simple as the handheld frother, although it takes a little more muscle. To make simply add your milk or dairy-free alternative to a French press and place the top back on. Pump for about a minute or two until frothy.
Pour on top of your favorite cold coffee or tea drink.
How to Make Cold Foam with a Milk Frother
This is the method I use most often simply because I own this particular milk frother. It is easy and turns out great every time. To make, simply add your milk or dairy-free alternative to your milk frother. Set to the dial to “cold foam” or “cold stir” and press Start. That’s it!
Pour into your favorite cold coffee or tea drink.
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How to Make Cold Foam – an easy, step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to make cold foam 3 different ways! So easy!
- 1/2 – 1 cup whole milk, dairy-free creamer or carton of coconut milk
- Add milk or dairy-free alternative to glass measuring cup.
- Froth with hand frother for 2-3 minutes or until it is nice and frothy.
- Add milk or dairy-free alternative to french press.
- Pump french press for about 1 minute or two or until it has reached your desired frothiness.
- Add milk or dairy-free alternative to milk frother.
- Turn dial to “cold foam” or “cold stir” and press start.
- Sweetness: feel free to add in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and/or a sweetener of your choice (maple syrup, honey, simple syrup) before making your cold foam if you want.
- Dairy-Free Creamers: how well certain dairy-free creamers froth up can really vary from brand to brand and you are just going to have to do some experimenting too see what works best for you. I personally recommend using this carton of coconut milk as it always froths really nicely.
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