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How To Use Nespresso Milk Frother And Clean It

Did you recently get a Nespresso machine? Welcome to the club! Once you learn how to use your Nespresso milk frother, you’ll be brewing up delicious cappuccinos and lattes in minutes. Not only will it be fast, but it will also be at a fraction of what it would cost you to buy one at your favorite coffee shop.

Nespresso makes three different electric milk frothers – the Aeroccino 3, the Aerocinno 4 and the Barista Recipe Maker. The Aeroccino 3 is by far the most commonly used Nespresso milk frother since it is the one sold as part of a bundle with most Vertuo and Original espresso machines. This frother works very well and is super easy to use and care for. Keep reading to learn how to use the Nespresso frother and keep it clean.

How To Use Nespresso Frother

Make sure the underside of the jug is dry. Place the jug on the base. Then just follow these three simple steps.

Step 1: Choose Steamed or Frothed Milk

The choice between steamed or frothed milk comes down to the type of espresso-based drink you are trying to make. If you want a cappuccino with cloud-like milk foam, you need to froth. If you want a latte, you need steamed milk.

You will need to modify the whisk for either frothing or steaming. If you want to froth milk for a cappuccino, leave the coil ring around the whisk. If you want to steam for a latte, simply pop off the coil ring and put it aside. It will take just over a minute to froth and just over two minutes to warm.

use whisk with coil ring for frothed milk for cappuccino
Leave coil ring on to froth
use whisk without coil ring for steamed milk for latte
Remove coil ring to steam

Step 2: Add Your Fresh Milk

Add the desired level of milk to one of the two max levels on the container. If you are using the coil ring to froth, never fill above the lower max line otherwise it will overflow. If you are not using the ring, you can fill to either max line depending on the size or number of drinks you are making and how much milk you want.

How To Use Nespresso Aeroccino 3
How To Use Nespresso Aeroccino 3
How to use nespresso frother - max milk lines
Use the bottom max line to froth milk. Use either max line to steam milk.

If you drink dairy, whole milk at refrigerator temperature works best for frothing. It has an optimal level of lactic sugar, protein and fat that results in just the right level of creaminess and amount of foam. If you don’t like whole, I recommend using 2% reduced fat instead of skim milk. Skim just can’t yield the taste or texture most people expect with their latte or cappuccino because it has no fat.

After your milk container has been opened for 3 or more days, the protein properties of the milk can start to change due to exposure to light and oxygen. This can make the same jug of milk froth less well than the day before. Shake up the milk before pouring into the frother to try to mitigate this. If you are using older milk, you can also try cold frothing first followed by a warm frothing cycle. You might end up with more froth from less fresh milk this way.

For people who prefer to drink plant-based milk, the best options are almond, oat or soy milk. All of these will froth well and create foam, especially those labeled as a “barista version”. Other types of non-dairy milks like cashew or coconut milk won’t make a foam that is as dense as the others.

Step 3: Choose The Temperature

The Aeroccino 3 can be used to prepare milk froth that is hot or cold. If you want hot froth, just press the button once. If you want cold froth, quickly press the button twice within 2 seconds. While the frother is in operation, the light will be red if it is making hot froth and blue if cold.

how to use nespresso milk frother for hot or cold milk froth
Press once for hot froth or twice within 2 seconds for cold froth

Step 4: Combine Espresso and Milk

Use your Nespresso machine to prepare the espresso or double espresso while the frother is working. You can find my favorite Nespresso pods for lattes in my related post. Generally speaking, I think the dark roast pods with a higher intensity level work best for milk-based drinks. You’ll also find pods like the Vertuo Bianco Leggero that Nespresso specifically recommends using with milk.

For both a cappuccino and a traditional caffe latte, you want to add the milk from the jug to the espresso.

How To Clean Nespresso Milk Frother

The Nespresso frother jug is not dishwasher safe so you will need to wash by hand. You should clean both the jug and the whisk after each use. Remove the jug from the base and remove the whisk from the jug. Remove the lid from the jug and separate the seal from the lid. Wash all four pieces with a damp cloth and mild dish soap. Alternatively, some users have added water and a little dish soap up to the bottom max line in the jug and then turned the frother on to clean it. Rinse with water and air dry or dry with a towel.

If you don’t regularly clean your Nespresso frother, milk residue can build up along the bottom. This can cause your milk to not froth well. Eventually, it will trigger a blinking red light alert and you won’t be able to use the frother at all until you clean it.

If you need more help using your Aero3 frother, see the complete user manual.

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