How to Froth Milk Without an Espresso Machine (5 Ways)

Have you ever had a delicious latte and wished you could recreate that same experience yourself?

One of the key components to most espresso drinks – such as lattes, cappuccinos, or macchiatos -  is the foamy, frothy milk.

You may be surprised to learn that it’s entirely possible to recreate that delicious foamed milk without a top commercial espresso machine or any other expensive equipment.

In this post, we’ll tell you 5 ways you can froth or foam milk without an espresso machine or expensive equipment so you can do it from the comfort of your own kitchen.

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Want to learn more about espresso machines and grinders? See our guides here.


Here are the basics you’ll need to begin:

  • Start with cold milk.
  • Higher fat milk makes a foam that’s richer, but lower fat milk will yield MORE foam.
  • Plant-based milks work too, look for “Barista Blends” to produce the best results.


The first method you can use is called the closed container method. This method is especially easy, because you don’t need a lot to do it.

In fact, pretty much every kitchen is already equipped for this process, because all you’ll need is a microwave-safe container with a lid (such as a Tupperware) and your milk of choice.

Here’s how it’s done:

  • Fill a microwave-safe container with a lid about halfway with milk.
  • A microwave-safe mason jar works well, but it can be any container.
  • SHAKE it up until it’s frothed throughout.
  • Place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

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The second method, the French press method, is a bit more suitable for those who already enjoy coffee more frequently at home, because you’ll need a French press.

However, aside from the additional necessary equipment, the process is still simple and can be completed in minutes.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Fill a French press about halfway with milk.
  • Pump the plunger repeatedly until you get the desired froth.
  • Place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.


The Frothing Wand Method is a little more advanced.

However, it is a lot closer to what professional baristas use, and will get even closer to perfectly frothing your milk, since it’s similar to the steam wands used in coffee shops across the country - except without the heat.

Grab your frothing wand and follow these steps:

  • Turn on the frothing wand while keeping it semi-exposed to the air.
  • The air exposure is what creates those delicious bubbles.
  • After the top is frothy, insert the wand so that it DOESN’T have exposure to the air.
  • Keep going for another 2-3 minutes until bubbles are formed throughout.
  • Place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.


The Whisk Method doesn’t require specialized equipment – just an electric whisk, a stove, and a small pot like the kind you’d make a can of soup in.

Depending on your type of stove, you may need to closely watch the milk to make sure it doesn’t burn.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Pour milk into a small pot and turn on low heat.
  • Using a single electric whisk whip air into the milk as it heats.
  • No microwave needed!


The Pulled Tea/Milk method might be the simplest one on the list, as all it takes is pouring the milk back and forth between two containers, allowing air to be incorporated into it naturally.

Keep in mind that you may want to have towels nearby, because this method can be a bit messy.

These are the steps for the Pulled Tea/Milk Method:

  • WARNING: This one is FUN, but can get very messy.
  • Simply pour milk from one container to another.
  • The more times you pour, the more air it will pick up.

Any of these methods can be accomplished by beginners or connoisseurs at home alike and can be enjoyed in a number of beverages.

In time, you can develop your skills and make your own home espresso creations with almost professional-quality frothed milk.

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