If you love delicious hot drinks like coffee lattes and hot chocolate then you’ll absolutely fall in love with a milk frother.
When making lattes or hot chocolate at home, there isn’t much you can do. To be honest, whenever I make hot chocolate, I just pop it into the microwave. No wonder my hot chocolate is nowhere near as good as some of the shops. While the flavour is due to the recipe, the frothy milk also contributes to this. If you end up buying a milk frother, this is precisely the reason for the purchase: to get a delicious hot frothy drink with a click of a button. Even if you don’t like froth, you can still get delicious hot steamed milk by using this appliance.
So, if you’ve made up your mind to get one, what’s the best model that’s available these days? To be honest, it’s quite a tough decision because there’s just so much choice available. For this reason, you need to spend a lot of time to do the research!
But, the best milk frother I’ve probably ever come across is the Breville BMF600XL. I love this model because it’s just a complete machine and has a variety of impressive features. It’s a good-looking machine and looks to be very study and robust. One of the main features that impressed me was the way you can change the temperature of the milk. This means that making a delicious latte would be a breeze as you could choose the best temperature. But when I said that this is a completely machine, I wasn’t kidding. This is because you can actually add all the ingredients like chocolate powder or shavings to make delicious hot chocolate.
There are many things that I’ve come to like about this product. You can make hot or cold froth with a push of a button. There are different frothing discs, which you can use to optimise the froth for lattes or cappuccinos. On top of that, the machine is very easy to use and is also suitable to put in the dishwasher. You can also use different types of milks and alter the content and taste of your drink in that way. However, the only negative point is the price. This can be quite expensive though you are looking at a very handy little tool for your kitchen.
I’ve tried other similar products in the past too and the one that has been second best is the Secura electric milk frother. This almost looks like a kettle though I must say I really like the appearance and the smooth finish of the design. It’s available in two different sizes (250ml and 500ml) so you can a size depending on your personal needs. This machine is similar to the previous model though it cannot be used as a hot chocolate maker. It has several features that we can use very easily. With the push of a button, you’ll be able to create hot or cold froth while the steel exterior provides superb insulation to maintain the temperature inside. Like the Breville BMF600XL, this one also uses two different frothing discs: one for heating milk and the other for making froth. This model would perfectly suit someone who just wants to create a higher quality hot drink with froth. It won’t be able to make a drink by itself and you won’t be able to put any ingredients in it. Furthermore, even though it is easy to clean, you won’t be able to put the parts into the dishwasher. Obviously there are some obvious disadvantages of this product but it’s also by far the cheapest one that I’ve come across. Due to the high quality and the low price, I would say this was my favourite milk frother to use. It’s certainly what I would buy if I needed a machine to create only froth for my hot drinks.
With Christmas just around the corner, Starbucks, Costa and other coffee shops are getting ready to roll out their festive menu.
I’ve never been able to resist an Eggnog latte from Starbucks, and I patiently wait for it every single year. This year though, I won’t be having any festive drinks whatsoever. It’s obvious that these drinks aren’t exactly good for you. However, until I came across this article, I had never really considered just how bad they were.
The medium Eggnog latte for example, has almost 550 calories, which is absolutely crazy. What’s worse though is the fat and sugar content. With over 25g of fat and 58g of sugar, it’s perfect if you want diabetes. Even if you only have it occasionally, it’s still empty calories. I’d prefer to drink a glass of water and have a full meal at a nice restaurant instead.
I don’t know about you but I tend to overeat during the festive period. There’s nothing wrong with that, especially when you’re with the entire family and just enjoying a nice meal. Personally, I think it’s a good idea to skip the empty calories and eat something that you will actually like.
I’ve tried those Tassimo latte drinks and they taste very nice. Most importantly, they have less than 200 calories and around 5g of sugar. While that’s still not good, it is certainly a lot better than those festive drinks at Starbucks and Costa. They’re a lot cheaper as well, and cost less than 50p per drink.
This Christmas, I’ll be saving my hard earned money for better things and won’t be having any store-bought festive coffee drinks.
What is your opinion on all of this? Do you have a favourite festive drink and do you think it’s worth drinking 500 calories?
Not many people realise just how important it is to choose the right type of milk when making coffee.
I often wonder how people can drink black coffee. It tastes extremely bitter, and is not something I’d like to start my day with. For those of you who like to drink a cappuccino or latte, you know what I’m talking about. There is a huge difference and this is how coffee should be enjoyed. It should be creamy and delicious. If you’re only drinking coffee for the energy boost, you’re doing it wrong. There’s no reason why you can’t do both.
If you do have milk with your coffee, it’s important to know which type of milk to use. To be frank, it depends on whether you have a normal cup of coffee, or a cappuccino.
If you’re going to be using full-fat milk, you’re going to be getting a thick and creamy texture, and a sweet taste, which is perfect for a cappuccino. On the other hand, that will increase the fat content significantly, so you want to make sure not to have it regularly. Semi skimmed milk is ideal for making a normal cup of coffee because you don’t want it to be too sweet or heavy.
From my experience, own-brand milk from supermarkets like Asda and Tesco won’t cut it. This is due to the low protein content.
I would highly advise you to use Yeo Valley Organic milk. It’s not cheap, but the difference in quality between this and supermarket-branded milk is huge. It’s my personal favourite and I use it to make my morning coffee daily. It helps to give my cup of coffee a sweet taste but doesn’t eclipse the taste of the fresh coffee beans. It gives me a good feeling in the morning and gets me through the day.