Steaming milk to the right temperature is essential in crafting a perfect espresso-based drink for your personal enjoyment or your customers. This process can make or break the quality of your drink as it can affect the taste, texture, and overall experience of your beverage. Plant-based milk must also be steamed to a different temperature than cow's milk.
Milk is steamed to achieve the right texture and temperature, which depends on the type of drink being made. The ideal temperature for steamed cow's milk is between 60°C to 65°C. Anything above this temperature can cause the milk to scorch and produce a burnt taste, while anything below this temperature will not create the necessary texture.
The ideal temperature for plant-based milk varies based on the milk. For example, oat and soy milk perform well all the way up to 65°C, similar to cow's milk. Almond milk however is more sensitive and is best enjoyed around 55°C. Many plant-based milks also need to sit for 30-45 seconds to ensure the texture is uniform. They also have a tendency to separate (milk and foam) faster than traditional milk.
The process of steaming introduces microbubbles into the milk, which gives it a smooth and creamy texture. Achieving the perfect texture requires practice and technique. Steaming milk to the right temperature and texture is crucial for creating a delicious espresso-based drink. With the right technique and tools, you can create a perfect cup of coffee that will satisfy any coffee lover's taste buds. At Tower Coffee, we recommend all our clients use a thermometer for training and ensuring consistency from drink to drink.
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