How To Use a Nespresso Frother

How To Use a Nespresso Frother

Nespresso milk frothers can be used independently or with their espresso machines. Learning how to use a Nespresso frother, whether it’s the Aeroccino 3, 4, or Plus, is easy, and I will show you how. 

This article covers the Aeroccino 3, but the tips can also apply to the other two models. 

Types Of Frothers

All milk frothers inject bubbles into the milk to create foam. 

Electric Milk Frothers

Electric milk frothers force air and sometimes heat into the milk to increase milk’s body and volume and make foam at the top. They work well for dairy and non-dairy options, although the finished result will vary depending on the milk temperatures and the addition of extra thickeners in the product. 

These stand-alone appliances can work with multiple coffee or tea brewing systems and are usually portable enough to bring into the office or use while staying in a dorm.

Some require a large amount of milk before frothing, although many single-serve versions now appear on the market, like the Aeroccino.

Built-In Milk Wands in Espresso Machines

These milk wands, also known as steam wands, are long hollow tubes built into espresso machines to heat and froth milk while the espresso is brewing. 

These wands are a second step after pulling espresso shots for creating an espresso-based drink like a cappuccino or latte. 

These milk frothers work by injecting heat and air into a container that’s held up to it, creating bubbles and warming the milk. Built-in milk wands require some practice, but they’re easy to clean, capable of heating milk to any temperature, and can create as much dense and silky foam as you want.

Jug Frothers

Unlike the two methods above, jug frothers are a combination, sometimes manual and sometimes electric.

They consist of a stainless steel jug with a rounded spout capable of heating and whisking milk simultaneously for even foam. The jug collects all the heated milk and foam to be poured into the coffee and create latte art.

While plain metal jugs are practical for espresso machines to use with their built-in steam wand, a jug frother takes the place of the steam wand and a collection vessel while being big enough to hold plenty of heated milk and allowing for precise steaming.

The Aeroccino

The Aeroccino or Nespresso milk frother is a black handheld milk frother that can create hot and cold foam and warm milk by pressing one button. It can be used with any espresso maker to make light foam quickly and quietly or to finish a drink with just heated milk. 

Where the Aeroccino 3 and Aeroccino Plus have only one button, the Aeroccino 4 has four buttons for cold foam, hot medium foam, hot dense foam, and hot milk, 

The Aeroccino takes up very little storage space, measuring only 3.5 inches in diameter and 7 inches in height. 

How To Use the Nespresso Milk Frother

The Nespresso milk frother is easy to use.

Hot Froth

Hot foam is probably the setting you’ll use the most. 

This method warms up the milk and then froths it into light microfoam which is dense and silky. About half of a cup of foamed milk leaves plenty of milk for your cappuccino or latte, plus a layer of foam almost an inch high.

Creating a drink with this type of foam, like a cappuccino or hot latte, only takes a little bit of milk and about 70 seconds. 

  1. Pour cold, fresh milk into the Aeroccino to the first line. The milk will expand as it foams. 
  2. Clip the whisk into the bottom of the jug
  3. Put the lid on the milk frother and place it on the base
  4. Press the button on the front, and a red circle will appear
  5. The milk will begin to blend and shut off automatically

Cold Froth

For cold coffee drinks, you can use the Nespresso milk frother to create a cold froth where the milk is not heated up and instead aerated. It takes slightly less time, about 60 seconds, to complete and uses the same milk as the hot preparation. 

  1. Complete the same two steps for hot froth using cold, fresh milk. Although the Nespresso milk froth will froth non-dairy products, it works best with whole or semi-skimmed milk. 
  2. Once full to the first line, put on the lid and place it on the base
  3. Press and hold the button continuously for two seconds until a blue light appears
  4. The milk will blend without heating and will shut off automatically

Cold foam is great for iced coffees, lattes, and cappuccinos and makes an exciting twist for iced tea drinks. Make sure to rinse the milk jug thoroughly between preparations to avoid accidentally heating the milk with residual heat.

Warming Milk

Warming milk for cafe au laits or flat whites is just as easy as creating hot or cold foam. Although heating milk without frothing takes a little longer, about 2 minutes, it’s because it can heat twice as much milk in the milk jug than when it’s making foam.

  1. Remove the spring from the whisk at the bottom of the jug and replace it.
  2. Fill the milk jug to the top max line with cold milk
  3. Place the lid on the milk jug
  4. Briefly press the button on the front, and it will turn red
  5. The Nespresso milk frother will heat the milk without frothing and shut off automatically

Learning how to use the Nespresso frother doesn’t have to be limited to coffee drinks. You can use warmed milk for coffee or tea or consume it with vanilla for a great before-bed drink. Try it made into hot chocolate

The Simplicity of the Nespresso Milk Frother

Learning how to use the Nespresso frother is easy, and clean-up is easy too. There’s no learning curve to start making cappuccinos and lattes other than remembering which line inside the frothing tube is for warmed milk and which is for frothed milk.

You won’t have to buy any additional attachments to make your favorite drink, and you won’t have to go to barista school to churn out coffee drinks that taste expensive. 

If you don’t want to give up fancy coffee drinks but are worried about spending a lot at a cafe, this frother is a step towards doing it yourself. 

How To Reset a Milk Frother Nespresso

Clean your Nespresso Aeroccino after each use and before storing it to avoid any milk protein accumulating around the whisk. This regular maintenance ensures that the milk for each drink is clean and blends well, but it also resets the thermometer inside the frother to help avoid overheating. 

When it’s not in use, you can store the whisk in the groove located in the base. All Aeroccino models have this little storage slot. 

To clean the Nespresso milk frother:

  • Turn off the power switch. 
  • Remove the milk jug from the base
  • Detach the whisk and rubber ring under the lid and rinse separately. 
  • Although the milk jug is waterproof, Nespresso doesn’t recommend submerging it in water, and it’s not dishwasher safe. 
  • It can be rinsed under the tap and scrubbed with soap and water to remove any leftover foam. 
  • Once it’s clean, it should be dried with a clean cloth and reassembled.

Why Is My Nespresso Frother Not Frothing?

There are a couple of reasons the Nespresso frother might not be working and needs troubleshooting; either the machine is not starting, or it’s turning on but not frothing enough. 

If the Nespresso frother is not turning on

  • Ensure that the switch on the base is at the ON position and the jug is appropriately placed. A dirty milk jug may also interrupt its ability to work correctly.

If it’s not frothing enough

  • Try using colder whole-fat dairy or full-fat non-dairy milk and make sure the whisk attachment is in the correct place in the milk jug. 
  • Don’t overfill the milk jug

What Does a Flashing Red Light on Nespresso Frother Mean? 

The flashing red light means you cannot use the Nespresso frother until you address an issue. 

This issue can be because it has overheated, the internal thermometer needs to cool down to avoid damage to the unit, or that dried milk has blocked a sensor. 

If you try to make several drinks, one right after the other, and it overheats, the thermometer can be reset by rinsing the jug out with cold water after each use and waiting a few minutes. It should reset on its own. Always clean the milk jug after each use to prevent dried milk from clogging the sensors.


Did this list give you some new information that you can take back for your morning cappuccino? 

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