The Nespresso Aeroccino Plus has a chrome casing. This frother is a very useful addition for your home kitchen, especially for making cappuccino, mocha, latte, and hot milk. The Aeroccino Plus forths milk in a professional style just like what you expected at a coffee shop. Similar your regular electric kettle at home, it is designed with a compact body and a detachable base. It is a quality frother, priced mid-range at $69.30. A reasonable price relative to other high quality forther models.
The Aeroccino Plus is very easy to use, the base has a man-made motor connected to the milk frother. Inside the milk frother, there are two markings – max and max. It also has icons that match up with the wire and ring whisks (depending on the volume of milk and foam you want). For coffee connoisseurs who enjoy drinks with more foam, the wire whisk is more suitable for making a nice cup of cappuccino. Others who appreciate the darker flavor or less foam in the coffee can use the Aeroccino to heat up milk. In this case, they will use the ring whisk.
To start forthing, you need to insert the wire whisk into the knob of the Aeroccino. When you are not using one of the whisks, you can store it by attaching to the lid. Both whisks are magnetized, so you do not have to deal with clicking and tightening the whisks in the Aeroccino machine.
There are two features for frothing: hot or cold. To make a hot drink, you can press the froth button once. The forthing machine will turn red. If you want to make your beverage cold, simply press the froth button for two seconds until it turns blue. The Aeroccino will not activate the heating element inside, but it will froth just the same as when you switch to hot.
Let’s say we are making a cup of cappuccino. This drink consists of 1/3 coffee, 1/3 milk, 1/3 foam. To begin, we drop the wire whisk into the center knob. [Note: we do not want to exceed the maximum volume markings, because the whisks are prone to dropping out while the machine is spinning.] Then we make sure the lid is pressed firmly. After we have pressed the froth button once, the machine starts adding air to the milk inside. It takes about 1 minute for the Aeroccino to finish.
While we are frothing milk, we can choose a flavor for our espresso shot. Usually, my personal recommendation for cappuccino drinkers is a milder roast flavor like a lungo or a livanto. That way, we will get a less acidic taste in our cappuccino. We then press the machine to extract coffee up to 1/3.
Once coffee is ready, we can pour the milk directly from the frother and scoop the extra foam into our coffee cup. This will give us a hot cup of cappuccino with 1/3 coffee, 1/3 milk, and 1/3 foam.
The main advantage of this milk frother is it takes less than two minutes to complete forthing. It is very quiet and efficient compare to other traditional frothers. With this Aeroccino machine, it takes up very minimal counter space. The Aeroccino can serve as both the frother and the milk container. You do not need to buy a milk pitcher to pour your frothed milk into your espresso. The programmable feature for hot and cold milk frothing makes it easy to ensure milk is frothed with enough air. The Aeroccino also makes the process of milk frothing is very smooth and simple. In terms of operating the whisk, you do not need to bother holding onto the whisk and worry about how long it takes to generate full body foams before making a mess on your kitchen counter. The design is very intuitive for novice coffee drinkers. All it takes to prepare forthing is: Drop your magnetic whisk into the Aeroccino, that will lock in place firmly.
The primary drawback is you cannot make real latte or cappuccino art with the Aeroccino machine. The reason is you cannot froth directly into a milk pitcher with this frother. After each forth, you need to scoop the remainder of the foam inside the Aeroccino.
Overall, I enjoy the chrome design and the programmable hot and cold milk frothing feature in the Aeroccino. It is a very intuitive machine for novice and amateurs.