How To Make Cold Foam For Coffee Like Starbucks!

How To Make Cold Foam For Coffee Like Starbucks!

Last updated on December 3rd, 2023 at 14:19

When you learn how to make cold foam for coffee like Starbucks with a very simple and easy-to-follow DIY recipe that needs only three ingredients, you’ll wonder why you never thought of making it before!

With the recipe I strongly advise using the best ingredients to get the best results and using a milk frother. If you have not got a milk frother, now is a good time to get one!

Keep reading for a tasty and delightful recipe!

How To Make Cold Foam For Coffee

Making cold form for coffee adds that visually appealing aspect design to your coffee drink. Since it is rich and creamy and absolutely will not melt you can add it to hot drinks as well as cold drinks for truly decadent delight!

What is note worthy is a cold foam topping is not limited to coffee beverages you can add it to tea, refreshers and cocktail drinks.

How To Make Cold Foam For Coffee
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What Is Cold Foam?

Cold foam is that eye-catching tasty topping that you see on Starbucks cold coffee drinks like their cold brew coffee and iced coffee drinks, including an iced latte and iced cappuccino.

Cold foam can be enjoyed on its own or flavored with vanilla syrup, salted caramel syrup or any creation that you can think of.

Don’t mistake cold foam for sweet cream or vanilla cold foam for vanilla sweet cream. The difference between the two is as follows:

  • Cold foam: Thicker sits on top of your drink. Made with nonfat milk.
  • Sweet cream: Thinner and cascades into your drink. Made with 2% milk or whole fat milk.

You can add it to hot drinks as well as cold coffee drinks. It goes very well with iced mochas, iced matcha, chai latte and the awesome pink drink.

The extra pennies spent on that little treat are worth it.

Ingredients Needed For Making Cold Foam

Cold foam is that eye-catching tasty topping that you see on Starbucks cold coffee drinks like their cold brew coffee and iced coffee drinks, including an iced latte and iced cappuccino.

Cold foam can be enjoyed on its own or flavored with vanilla syrup, salted caramel syrup or any creation that you can think of.

Don’t mistake cold foam for sweet cream or vanilla cold foam for vanilla sweet cream. The difference between the two is as follows:

  • Cold foam: Thicker sits on top of your drink. Made with nonfat milk.
  • Sweet cream: Thinner and cascades into your drink. Made with 2% milk or whole fat milk.

You can add it to hot drinks as well as cold coffee drinks. It goes very well with iced mochas, iced matcha, chai latte and the awesome pink drink.

The extra pennies spent on that little treat are worth it.

Ingredients Needed For Making Cold Foam
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Ingredients Needed For Making Cold Foam

Three simple ingredients is all that is needed to make an amazing and tasty cold foam for your coffee.

To get the best results, use the best ingredients that you can find and afford and use a handheld electric milk frother to whip it.

Here are the ingredients that you will need.

Nonfat Milk

Nonfat milk, also known as skim milk, is by far the best milk to use. The high percentage of protein per 100 ml (or per ounce) is what makes the sturdy, thick and stiff peaks.

Naturally speaking, other milks work too, like heavy cream, 2% milk and whole fat milk and half-and-half milk, but it is skim milk that works best.

If you are a vegetarian or strictly vegan diet alternative milks like coconut milk, which is the best non-dairy milk to use, a close second is almond milk followed by oat milk and soy milk.

Sweetener

Liquid sweeteners work much better than solid sweeteners as they offer a much better and more even of distribution of sweetness with no residue. Simple syrup is ideal, as is agave, liquid stevia, honey and maple syrup work great too.

Spice Or Extract

Make your cold foam with a little flavor: You can add a dash of vanilla extract or use vanilla syrup, which will act as your sweetener. Using the spice is great too. Simply add it to your milk prior to making it. Slice the vanilla pod and heat at a low heat, simmering your milk and letting the vanilla pod’s flavor extract into your milk. Let your milk cool in the fridge – this is a cold foam!

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The Method, Instructions

To make your cold foam for coffee, gather your ingredients and use the following quantities:

  • ¼ cup of nonfat milk or alternative milk.
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract or a pump of vanilla syrup.
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid sweetener.

Instructions

Add your ingredients to a tall glass and mix well. The objective of mixing well is to get a high quality and even distribution of flavors and creaminess.

Insert your milk frother to the bottom of your tall glass. Whisk and froth your milk for 25 to 35 seconds while moving your frother through your milk from bottom to top and back. When your cold foam is ready, carefully remove your milk frother.

Carefully spoon your cold foam into your coffee beverage and enjoy.

How To Make Cold Foam For Coffee Without A Milk Frother

While a milk frother is clearly the best option, it is not always the technique that we have at hand for many reasons (it’s broke, the battery ran out, you are away from home and forgot to take it with you.

French Press Or Manual Pump Milk Frother

Add the ingredients to your French press or manual pump milk frother and mix them well for 20 to 30 seconds. Close the lid and hold your device in place and pump the plunger up and down for 45 seconds to a minute.

Your milk should double in volume.

An Immersion Blender

This is at the very core of it a much bigger version of your milk frother. Use the same technique of adding your ingredients, mixing them well and blending for about 20 to 30 seconds.

A Mason Jar Or Cocktail Shaker

For best results, use an ice-cold mason jar or an ice-cold cocktail shaker with very cold milk. Add your ingredients, mix them well and shake with great energy for 60 seconds. Your cold foam should double in volume.

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Make Cold Foam For Coffee

Can You Make Cold Foam With Milk?

Yes, you can use any milk that you want to be it dairy or non-dairy milk like oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk. The best milk to use to make cold foam is nonfat milk. You can still use skim milk or 2% milk; the results though are not as good as zero fat milk.

Can A Milk Frother Make Cold Foam?

Yes, you can use a handheld milk frother to make cold foam, it is the best tool to use for making it. It’s much better than a blender and even a steaming wand.

The best tool if you want to emulate Starbucks cold foam is their own bladeless high speed blender, a Verismo blender which you can find at Walmart online.

How Do You Make Cold Foam Without A Machine?

If you don’t have a Starbucks verismo or a Nespresso Aeroccino frother or a handheld milk frother you can use a high speed blender.

Simply add two pumps of simple syrup or vanilla syrup to your milk and blend for 45 to 50 seconds at a high speed and then pour it over your cold brew coffee.

Can Milk Be Whipped Into Foam?

The fat that is milk does not have a contributing effect to the formation of foam, which makes it very different to whipping cream. All types and forms of milk can be whipped into foam.

What Milk Is Cold Foam Made Of?

Cold foam at Starbucks and probably your local coffee shop too is made with nonfat milk. It’s a great addition to cold brew and iced coffee drinks.

Can You Add Sugar To Milk Before Frothing?

Yes, you can add sugar to milk before you start frothing. For better and more even distribution of sweetness, it is best to use a simple syrup rather than a regular sugar. Often a flavored syrup like vanilla syrup or caramel syrup is used.

Final Thoughts – How To Make Cold Foam For Coffee

Please put in the effort and learn how to make cold foam for coffee you will end up with a number of incredibly tasty and decadent coffee drinks when you feel like that splurge. Why not spoil yourself when you have worked hard for it or just simply deserve that little treat!

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or Derek@LatteLoveBrew.com, mentioning your name and location

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