How to Make Coffee Shop Drinks at Home

If you like coffee shop coffees and drinks, you might be surprised to learn how easy and simple it is to make them at home.

We love a cup of coffee in the morning.

While most often we simply pour the milk into the cup, we also like to make coffee shop drinks such as cappuccinos, lattes, or cafe au laits.

On my recent visit to Europe, I noticed that most people (including my own relatives) own fancy machines that grind, brew, and froth their coffee drinks. At the press of a button, they were serving me what-ever hot drink I desired.

An there is something really luxurious about sipping a frothy cup of cappuccino.

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Milk Frother

If you know anything about me, you will know that I embrace being old-fashioned. On top of that, any appliance in our farmhouse kitchen needs to earn its place there. Either it’s multi-functional (such as our Kitchen Aid stand mixer) or really valuable (like our dish washer).

There is a bit of a thing between my husband and me over buying one of those coffee machines or not. Yes, it would be nice to just press a button but I am mostly worried about losing valuable counter space. And about my husband’s caffeine consumption which impairs his sleep.

So at this point, I am pretty happy grinding our coffee beans, boiling water in a kettle on the stove, and using my French press to make my coffee. My husband likes to make espressos in a traditional Italian espresso maker.

French press coffee

Enter the milk frother! I am not aware of any other way you could turn milk into this foamy substance. Plus, a milk frother is so small that I can easily justify having one in our kitchen.

If you’re reading this close to this blog post’s publication in August 2020, you might even try to avoid any coffee shops.

In any event, making coffee shop drinks at home is much less expensive than buying them at the coffee shop – all in the comfort of your own home!

For full disclosure, I want to mention that I was given this milk frother by Zulay Kitchen but all the opinions here are mine. I want to also assure you that I am only reviewing items that I personally use and think would be of value to you!

Zulay Kitchen milk frother

How to use the milk frother

You can use the frother in cold or hot milk. We like to heat up the milk for our coffee drinks.

Fill your cup ONLY half full with milk. Them simply insert the frother, press on the top button with your thumb, and begin frothing.

You can hold the frother steadily or change the angle. It will take up to 30 to 45 seconds but ultimately it’s up to you how much foam you want. Once you’re satisfied with the level of foam, all you have to do is add your coffee or espresso.

It couldn’t be simpler than that!

frothing milk

Other uses for the milk frother

Obviously, this is a milk frother meaning you’ll probably mostly froth milk with it. We drink raw milk (you can read more about that here) but any milk works. You can even froth non-dairy milks such as oat milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.

If you like matcha, this frother works really well for whipping the matcha powder in the water. And for a matcha latte, you can add frothed milk.

I heard that people use the frother for blending protein powder drinks. Or whipping egg whites. I am sure once you own this nifty little tool, you’ll probably come up with more ideas for uses.

frothed matcha

How to clean the milk frother

To clean the frother, I simply clean it under running hot water in the sink. You can use your hands to rub the milk off. Shake any excess water off and towel dry, if you like.

Since it is sitting in the included stand, it can further air dry.

how to clean the milk frother

There you have it! If you’re drinking coffee or espresso in the morning and adding milk to it, you’re just one step away from making a cafe au lait, latte, or cappuccino. The milk frother costs you no more than three drinks at the coffee shop!

And a special offer:

Just for you, my dear reader, I was given a 10% discount code which makes this milk frother even more affordable. Click here and add OURGABLEDHOME10 to get your 10% discount.

But hurry! This offer is only good until September 19,2020!

What are your favorite coffee drinks? Have you made them at home? I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. I love this post! I also discovered the simple joys of the milk frother! I love to make homemade hot cocoa with mine, and egg coffees and teas, and a version of “bulletproof” coffee with coconut oil or butter in it. Yum, yum!

    1. I am so glad you liked this post! There are so many ways to make delicious coffee drinks at home. Thank you so much for sharing ~ Anja

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  4. This is the best! I love being able to make my favorite drinks at home. So much healthier and way more budget friendly!!

  5. I love making yummy drinks at home! I use my frother to blend baobab powder into flavored summery water/ACV drinks I make.

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