How To Steam Milk With De’longhi Espresso Machine

De'longhi Espresso Machine

Getting a perfect consistency is vital when you want to foam milk for a latte or cappuccino drink. For cold foamed milk, all you need is a pitcher of cold milk and some meringue powder. 

Boom! But if you want to heat the milk first, it takes some skill. Luckily for you, we’re here with all of the tips and tricks on how to steam milk with the De’Longhi espresso machine so that your lattes are silky smooth every time.

What kinds of Delonghi espresso machines are available?

De’Longhi has a range of espresso machines available, from budget-friendly to high-tech super-automatic.

Both manual and automatic machines are available. So you just need to match your device and budget to the type of milk frother you're looking for.

You can pour milk directly into the steam wand with manual espresso machines. With automatic espresso machines, you’ll need to use the milk carafe supplied with the espresso machine – add milk and then fill the carafe with water. 

All manual and automatic machines come with a frothing chamber to add milk using meringue powder or a stick frother (special tip). 

What are the pros and cons of manual and automatic De’Longhi espresso machines?

The benefit of a manual espresso machine is that you get to control your coffee-making process fully. For example, you decide how much ground coffee you use, whether to add sugar or milk and what temperature to make your espresso. 

Which is better automatic or manual espresso machine?
Manual machines can also be cheaper than automatic ones. The con of manual machines is that they can be tricky, so you may need to do a little bit of reading first.

The benefits of the automatic machines are that they can make it much easier for you to make your espresso.

The device will do all the work for you and pour the perfect foam for your coffee. They can also be more reasonably priced than manual machines and generally more convenient since we're talking about an automated process. 

The con of the automatic machines is that they may not be suitable for people who don’t drink a lot of espressos.

What are the benefits and cons of manual and automatic milk frothers?

The benefit of using a wooden stick frother with your De’Longhi espresso machine is that it’s easy to use; you can use it to make froth out of hot water and cold water. 

In addition, you can adjust the amount of foam you want or even slow down or speed up the frothing process as needed. 

The con of this milk frother is that it’s not super efficient – it takes a while to make foam, especially if you want a lot of foam.

A manual milk frother is more efficient than a stick frother since it produces foam faster. You can use it with hot or cold milk to decide how much foam you want. 

However, it can be slightly more challenging to use and harder to clean up than using a stick frother.

The benefits of an automatic milk frother are that it can make foam much faster than a manual one, and you don't have to worry about cleaning up afterwards. 

The con of automatic milk frothers is that they may not be as evenly distributed as manual ones.

What’s the best method for you?

If you want to save yourself some money, go for a manual espresso machine, cheaper than automatic machines. However, manual machines can also be a little tricky to use, so if you’re a beginner, then read up first.

Are handheld milk frothers worth it?
An automatic espresso machine is ideal if you want convenience and ease of use. Of course, you'll need to pay more for an automated device, but it will be easier to use and clean up afterwards. 

In addition, you’ll have access to milk carafes supplied by DeLonghi that come with the machines.

Use a stick frother if you're on a budget and only want small amounts of milk foam for special occasions.

Things to consider before starting:

Delonghi espresso machines have a mix of stainless steel and plastic parts. Unfortunately, it means you can’t wash pieces in the dishwasher; it’s better to wash smaller items by hand. 

However, Delonghi is committed to energy efficiency and conservation, so you'll notice that all of their products are BPA-free, which means they're safe for use. 

Another thing to remember is that not all features on the espresso machine are compatible with all brewing methods.

For example, the espresso machine can only brew one drink at a time, even if there is a second filter holder available.

Key tips:

If you’re making lattes and cappuccinos in a hurry, make sure to froth the milk right before you pour it into your espresso shot.

If you wait too long to froth the milk, the foam will start forming on top of it and make it challenging to steam.

The milk needs to be steamed at a fraction of a second before the espresso shot to get the proper consistency froth.

Spending too much time on the steam wand will cause the milk to overheat and lose flavour.

Put it into practice:

  • Step 1: Take an espresso shot and pour it out into your cup
  • Step 2: Place your frothing/steaming cup under the steam wand and turn on the steam function. Check that you have enough milk (hot or cold) in there. You need to fill the frothing cup with 1/2 full with frothed milk.
  • Step 3: Lightly push the espresso shot into the steam wand and then start to pour
  • Step 4: Pour all of the milk in; this only needs to be half full.
  • Step 5: Turn the steam function off and remove the frothing cup from under the steam wand.
  • Step 6: Wait for 1/2 a second before pouring your next shot. It’s essential to get the right consistency for froth by heating your milk for just a split second before pouring it into espresso shots.
  • Step 7: Repeat steps 2-6 for each espresso shot you’re enjoying

Delonghi espresso machines come with an automatic frother carafe that can hold up to 32 ounces of hot or cold milk.

With the carafe, you can quickly steam milk for four espresso shots. Then, follow the same steps above for four espresso shots.

To get the best-frothed milk, use meringue powder and follow the instructions on making it in a pitcher of cold milk according to package directions.

Use a nozzle attachment with your frothing wand to get perfect foam every time. It's completely reusable.

Three steps to get a draw that is equal to or slightly better than a $1,500 espresso machine:

  • Clean and descale the portafilter; if you want your espresso to brew more vigorously, you can use cleaner and descaler before steaming milk.
  • Place the portafilter under the frothing wand; pull steam from the top of the frothing wand towards the bottom by moving it in a circular motion around the portafilter.
  • Turn on the steam function and hold the portafilter firmly under the frothing wand; start pouring milk into the espresso shot and finish by pushing the espresso shot down into the steam function. The goal is to wet all crevices for the water to force through with extra pressure. It will give you a superior, crema-topped espresso. 

How do you use a milk frother on a De’Longhi coffee machine?

A milk frother helps make creamy, thick, foamy milk for any variety of drinks that use milk.
For best results, you’ll want to steam the milk right before you pour it into espresso shots.

First, heat the milk in a frothing/steaming cup with a thermometer. You should heat the milk to 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit. The perfect temperature for adding foam is between 197°F – 204°F.
Then, go ahead and add foam.

Why is my Delonghi coffee machine not frothing milk?

There might be a problem with your milk frother carafe. Try cleaning it to improve performance.
If that does not solve the problem, you may have a defective wand or carafe. You’ll need to contact De’Longhi customer service for help with these issues.

How do you froth milk for Delonghi latte?

Delonghi coffee machines are great frothing milk for lattes because they come with a frother carafe that holds up to 32 ounces of milk.

First, make sure you’ve preheated your milk to the right temperature.
Then, turn on the frothing carafe’s steam function and froth your milk.
Just like that, you can make delicious lattes and cappuccinos with a Delonghi espresso machine!

What is the ideal temperature to steam the milk?

The ideal temperature to froth milk with a Delonghi espresso machine is 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit. The perfect temperature for adding foam is between 197°F – 204°F.

How do you froth milk with DeLonghi La Specialista?

The Delonghi La Specialista can froth milk for four espresso shots at a time.
When using the Delonghi La Specialista, you’ll need to froth/steam whole milk for about 30 seconds before pouring it into espresso shots.

Then, go ahead and pull steam from the top of the frother wand towards the bottom by moving it in a circular motion around the coffee cup holding your milk.

Can you make latte art with DeLonghi?

Delonghi coffee machines can make lattes and cappuccinos with milk frother carafes, including the DeLonghi La Specialista and the DeLonghi La Pavoni.

What is the best milk to use for frothing?

To froth milk with a Delonghi espresso machine, you’ll want to use whole milk.

Is frothed milk the same as steamed milk?

Frothed milk is the same as steamed milk. Steamed milk just refers to the fact that it hasn’t been frothed yet, but it is still steaming. When you steam the milk with a Delonghi coffee machine, you can froth the milk right afterward for delicious lattes and cappuccinos!


What can I do with a handheld milk frother?

DeLonghi espresso machines are versatile and easy to use making them an excellent choice for home use. It is easy to steam milk in the same ways you’d boil water. 

For example, to steam hot water, you can use your microwave. It means that you don't need special equipment to get the crema in the espresso shot like many other machine brands. 

In addition, the automatic frother can be used with cold and hot milk, making it easier for espresso drinks to foam at different temperatures.

I hope you found this guide helpful, and I encourage you to comment about your favourite espresso machine. Take care, and happy brewing!

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