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How to make frothed milk in a cafetiere

How to make frothed milk in a cafetiere

There’s nothing more satisfying than a delicious latte or flat white. Some people might think that you can only make these espresso-based drinks with a milk frother (e.g. a steam wand attached to an espresso machine). But that’s not the case! If you have a cafetiere, then you can easily make frothed milk that is perfect for using in a latte.

Here’s our easy method for making frothed milk in a cafetiere.


  • Clean cafetiere
  • Milk (whole milk or oat milk work best)
  • Thermometer
  • Small saucepan


  1. Heat your milk in a small saucepan. You’ll want it to be between 55 and 68 C. The best way to do this is to heat your milk on the stove and use a thermometer to test the temperature.
  2. When your milk is heated, immediately transfer it to your cafetiere. It’s very important that your cafetiere is clean, because otherwise you’ll have coffee grounds in your milk. This is really unpleasant – nobody wants grainy milk!
  3. To foam your milk, repeatedly pump the plunger of your cafetiere into your milk until air bubbles form. Make sure to hold the lid of the French Press while you do this so it doesn’t pop off.
  4. Continue to pump your milk until over half of the milk has a foamy texture.
  5. Let the milk rest for 1 minute before pouring. Then transfer into the coffee.

Here’s a short video of this method for making frothed milk in a cafetiere:

As you can see, this method is really easy to use, and will make perfectly good foam for a latte or flat white.

Will you try making frothed milk in a cafetiere? And if you don’t have a cafetiere, we have another blog post describing some other methods for frothing milk without a steam wand.

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