How to texture milk

In this video Australian Latte Art Champion, Erin Sampson demonstrates how to texture milk to create a silky, smooth mouthfeel and a sweeter latte, cappuccino or milk-based beverage.

What you will need

  • Fresh cold milk or your choice of alternate milk
  • Freshly prepared espresso shots
  • Milk jugs
  • Espresso machine


  1. Fill your jug up to the halfway mark. This will leave enough room to create foam and a silky texture
  2. Purge your steam wand to release any residual water
  3. Position the steam wand at the 3 o’clock position to create a spinning motion
  4. Focus on the height of the milk jug. The steam wand should sit right on the surface of the milk. Listen out for a ‘hissing sound’
  5. Milk temperature affects the taste of coffee. The ideal temperature range is 60 to 65 degrees.
  6. After texturing your milk, you will want to use it straight away. Split some of your milk into a smaller milk jug to help with foam ratios and be sure to spin the milk before pouring.

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