How to Froth Milk

a coffee topped with frothed milk.

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You don’t need a fancy coffee machine or frother to make foamy frothed milk for your coffee. This DIY foamed milk is easy and a nice way to dress up your coffee.


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee


  • Heat the milk in a microwave-safe measuring cup (like pyrex) or bowl for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. You don’t want to milk to boil – it should be steaming hot when it’s ready. Depending on your microwave you may need more or less time. You can also warm the milk in a saucepan on the stove.
  • Immersion blender: if you use this method, pour the hot milk into a narrow container with high sides. The milk should cover the head of the immersion blender. Run the blender for a minute or two or until the milk has developed a frothy foam.
  • You can also use a regular stand blender, just pour the milk into it and pulse several times until the milk bubbles and foams. 
  • The other option is with a microwave-safe jar. Heat the milk in it for one minute (without the lid). The milk should be hot but not boiling. Secure the lid and shake the jar until the milk is frothy. You might need to use a towel to hold the jar since it will be hot.
  • Pour the coffee into the mugs. Pour the frothed milk (use a spoon to hold back the foam) and then spoon the milk foam on top. If you want to get fancy garnish with a dusting of cinnamon or cocoa powder.


You can also use 2% milk or almond milk. The milk might not be as frothy and thick, but it will work.