A milk frother is a utensil for making milk froth, typically to be added to coffee (cappucino, latte, etc.). It aerates the milk, creating a thick and heavy foam. The tiny bubbles, which are formed during this process, make the milk texture lighter and increase its volume. There are three major types of milk frother: manual, handheld electric, and automatic. Some devices can warm the milk while making froth.
A manual frother consists of a perforated mesh plunger in a cylinder, similar to a French press, which is moved up and down by hand. It takes 10-20 seconds to double the volume of milk. The cup may have a narrow spout for making foam art. They can also be used as French presses for making tea or coffee.
A battery-powered milk frother wand is a small electric mixer. It froths the milk by spinning its attachment. It can also beat eggs or whipping cream in small quantities. When the device is turned on, the whisk creates a vortex and injects air into the liquid. The foam maker is operated until the milk reaches the desired consistency. The handheld devices are supposed to do the frothing faster and better than manual tools.
Automatic frothers run on electricity and provide a hands-free operation. They include a carafe, a power base, and a frothing disk. Most models are equipped with induction heating to warm the liquid. They operate with a press of a button and switch off automatically. Electric frothers are fast and provide high-quality foam. They have a large capacity to prepare multiple beverages.
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