Barista Recipe Maker is Nespresso’s state of the art milk frother that does a lot more than just froth milk. For years, Nespresso had Aeroccino as its built-in or stand-alone frother. Aeroccino does a good job of frothing milk for cappuccino, latte or macchiato. But you want to create more specialized recipes, Barista Recipe Maker might be for you.
What Is Nespresso Barista Recipe Maker?
Barista Recipe Maker is a connected milk frother that allows you to create a lot of recipes that involve milk. Either with or without coffee, hot or cold.
You can pair your Barista Recipe Maker to your phone or tablet over Bluetooth and using the app, you can either follow existing recipes or create your own. The app has step by step guide for a lot of hot or cold recipes.
Features of Nespresso Barista Recipe Maker:
- Nespresso’s first connected milk frother.
- Induction system allows for better, uniform heating.
- Stainless steel jug that is fully removable and dishwasher safe.
- Includes one whisk for all foam types, hot or iced.
- Touch interface allows you to scroll through recipes with ease.
- You can add any ingredients to your milk as it whisks, including syrups, sauces, flavored powders or even ice cubes.
How Does It Work?
Using the touch interface, you can browse preset recipes like Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Latte Art, Mocha, Iced Nitro and more. Each of these recipes use different foam consistency and milk volume. So once you pick your recipe, you’ll get instructions through the app on the amount of milk to add and best program to select. All you have to do after that is press start.
Iced Nitro is one of the programs that many users are excited about. Using that recipe, you’ll add coffee with ice cubes and the Barista Recipe Maker will turn it into a nice iced concoction similar to nitro iced coffee you get as specialty coffee houses.
Hot Chocolate is another great recipe that the Barista Recipe Maker prepares wonderfully by whisking milk with chocolate together.
You can buy the Barista Recipe Maker frother from Nespresso.com
Barista Recipe Maker vs. Aeroccino 4, What’s The Difference?
There’s actually a huge difference between Aeroccino and Barista Recipe Maker:
To start, Aeroccino makes hot or cold froth only. You cannot add any ingredients to your milk as it whisks. Aeroccino 4 gives you some control over the density of the froth, but not any previous Aeroccino models. Also, the heating element of the Aeroccino is different than the Barista Recipe Maker’s.
When it comes to clean up, the Aeroccino has teflon coating and can only be rinsed by hand. Except for Aeroccino 4 which has ceramic coating, and is detachable from the base and can be submerged in water, so it’s dishwasher safe.
The Barista Recipe Maker, on the other hand, operates on a whole other level. Out of the box, it can prepare about 20 recipes, and you can customize your own recipes. It’s bluetooth connected, which is new to Nespresso’s milk frother. Being connected means that the frother can always be updated with new recipes and it can also be monitored for maintenance.
The great thing about Barista Recipe Maker is it’s induction heating system. This means that the jug of the frother (which is fully stainless steel, including on the inside) does not have any electrical parts, instead it sits on the heating element in the base of the frother. This means that the jug is fully removable, and can be fully washed either by hand or a dishwasher. This also means better heat distribution.
The Barista Recipe Maker also allows you to add any ingredients you want to your milk as it whisks. Which means better integration of flavor and more recipes to make!
The Barista Recipe Maker sounds wonderful so far. But are there any downsides to it?
The price can be a problem to some people as it costs nearly double the price of an Aeroccino. Is it worth it though? That’s entirely for you to decide to be honest. If you feel like you need this much customization and you’ll be enjoying different recipes, it could be well worth your money. But if a cup of cappuccino or latte is all you need, an Aeroccino will be just great.
The Barista Recipe Maker is also slower than the Aeroccino. That’s not a huge issue, but something worth mentioning for sure.
A Less Expensive Alternative to Nespresso Barista Recipe Maker – Breville Milk Cafe Frother:
If you like what the Barista Recipe Maker has to offer, have a look at the Breville Milk Cafe frother before making your final decision.
Breville Milk Cafe has been around for years, and it does most of the things the Barista Recipe Maker does, if not better.
Breville Milk Cafe vs. Nespresso Barista Recipe Maker:
- the Milk Cafe frother is not bluetooth connected like the Nespresso Barista Recipe Maker, but this is not as important it Nespresso makes it sound. It’s a cool feature, but not important.
- It has the same induction heating system, as well as a stainless steel just that is also dishwasher safe.
- The Milk Cafe includes two frothing discs, one for latte and another for cappuccino.
- You can add any ingredient to the milk as it whisks: syrup, chocolate shavings, powders… whatever suits your taste.
- The Milk Cafe frother actually allows you to adjust the temperature of your milk. You can choose from variable temperatures, including cold froth.
So using the Breville Milk Cafe you get:
- Induction heating/stainless steel jug.
- Add any ingredients,
- Variable temperature settings (which Nespresso’s frother does not have).
What you don’t get:
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Pre-set recipes
- Recipe app.
So by going for the Breville Milk Cafe frother, you’ll be basically giving up on the ‘techy part’ for actual usable features.
Frothing Plant Based Milks and Other Milk Variations:
This is a question that pops up a lot whenever we talk about milk frothers. Can these frothers froth plant based milks and milks other than whole milk?
In theory, yes, they can frother whatever milk you add into them. However, the consistency of the froth changes based on the type of milk you use.
As a rule, the amount of fat the milk contains effects the result of the froth you get:
- Whole milk creates the best creamy foam.
- low fat milk makes very stiff foam
When it comes to plant based milk, it will depend on the type of milk and brand. So all types of milk will froth, just don’t expect the same results from each kind.
There’s currently three electric automatic milk frothers that are dominating the best seller lists, these are: Breville’s Milk Cafe, Secura Electric Milk Frother and Nespresso’s Aerroccino Plus. Each frother has its own pros and cons, so we’re here to compare these frothers and help you decide which one to buy.
Top 3 Automatic Electric Milk Frothers:
Secura Automatic Electric Milk Frother:
- Best value of all frothers, with its largest capacity priced less than both other frothers.
- Available in two capacities: 250ml and 500ml.
- Heats and frothers milk, hot or cold
- Different whisks for heating and frothing.
- Stainless steel exterior, vacuum insulation, detachable base.
- 2 years warranty.
Breville BMF600XL Milk Café Milk Frother:
- Two frothing discs, one for Cappuccino froth and another for Latte froth.
- Ability to prepare hot or cold froth.
- You can make frothy hot chocolate by adding chocolate shavings or syrup directly into it.
- Disc storage.
- Uses induction heating.
- Jug is dishwasher safe.
Nespresso Aeroccino Plus:
- 250ml capacity for hot milk, 130ml for milk froth.
- Prepares hot or cold froth.
- Different whisks available for latte or cappuccino froth.
- 70 sec. froth preparation.
- Detachable base.
Nespresso Aeroccino 3 vs Aeroccino Plus:
Since the Aeroccino Plus has been discontinued by Nespresso, it’s been replaced with the Aeroccino 3. For the most part, it does the exact same thing and has the same capacity (4 oz for hot or cold froth or 8 oz for hot milk). The difference is that the design has been totally revamped. There’s no more handle, but the body of the Aeroccino 3 remains cool to touch. Another difference is that the Aeroccino 3 only includes one whisk which can be used for both frothing or heating milk, so you don’t have to worry about losing or storing whisks.
Final Verdict – Which Of These Milk Frothers Should You Get?
Out of these frothers, Nespresso is the most popular brand, which is why you’ll find it is the most reviewed frother. However, personally, I don’t believe it offers the best value for your money. If you’re on a budget of under $100, you’ll find the Secura Milk Frother to be the best bang for your buck. If you can go a little over $100, the Breville is your best choice, even though we can’t confirm its capacity, it offers you more features like hot chocolate preparation and allows you to adjust the temperature of the milk manually. And while the Nespresso Aeroccino works just as advertised, it’s pricier than the Secura, offers less capacity, and does not give you the temp. customization and hot chocolate option of the Breville.
Please note that prices are always subject to change by vendors. So it’s best to check the price of each product at the time of purchase to decide which has the best deal at the time.
We’ve covered many great electric milk frothers in previews posts, like here. We’ve just noticed a new milk frother by Sherwood that we thought we’d add to the list..
Features of the Sherwood SMF-1000R Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer:
- Electric automatic milk frother and warmer.
- Prepares hot and cold milk froth with a touch of a button.
- Includes one disc that works at different speeds to create different froth volumes at your request.
- Removable stick and non-stick surface for easy cleaning.
- Auto shut-off
- 250ml capacity
- Available in 4 color combinations.
With a simple push of a button, the frother can either heat or froth the milk for a creamy latte or a foamy cappuccino. You can also choose from hot or cold froth. Unlike other frothers, the Sherwood frother does not include different whisks that you need to switch for different froth types, it includes only whisk but works at different speeds to deliver the same result.
How It’s Used:
- Inside the frother, you’ll find indicators of how much milk you should pour in (min and max capacity).
- Press the button once to froth hot milk
- Press the button twice to heat milk.
- Hold the button until it illuminates Blue to prepare cold froth.
Sherwood vs. Secura Milk Frother, Which Is Best to Buy?
Overall, the Sherwood makes an excellent milk frother, but in comparison, the Secura is a much better choice for different reasons:
- For the same capacity of 250ml, you can save around $30.
- It’s fully stainless steel, making it more durable and easier to clean on the outside.
- Vacuum insulation keeps the temperature of the milk.
The Secura does come with two whisks instead of one. It’s also available in 500ml capacity.
We just came across another well-received electric milk frother called the Aerolatte Grande Frothing Jug. So far, our best seller has been the Secura Electric Milk Frother followed by the Breville Milk Cafe frother, which you can see a comparison of right here. The Aerolatte frother looks very similar to the Secura frother and is available in two sizes just like it too.
Features of the Aerolatte Grande Frother:
- Hot and cold froth, with a touch of a button.
- Available in 11 1/2 ounce and 16 ounce capacity.
- Made of stainless steel.
- Detachable base.
So the Aerolatte seems to be your average electric milk frother. It does seem to lack the vacuum insulation that Secura Milk frother offers, which helps retain the temperature of the milk longer. For its price point, I would recommend the Secura milk frother over the Aerolatte as it seems to offer more in terms of features.
The best part about a Cappuccino or a Latte is the froth on top, but if you don’t have an espresso machine with a steam wand that will allow you to froth the milk, you might think you won’t be able to create the perfect froth. You’ll be happy to know there are actually some alternatives to a steamer for milk frothing, here are the different ways you can froth milk without a steamer:
The Hand-held Milk Frother:
This is the least expensive and easiest way to create milk froth. The battery-operated milk frother is great to create milk froth right inside your serving cup. It mostly does the job right, but it can be a hit or miss. However the only one issue with such milk frothers is that they require a lot of battery change, so it could actually end up costing you money, depending on how much you use it.
Pictured above is the Aerolatte milk frother, which is one of the top rated hand-held milk frothers on Amazon.com
Stainless Steel Press Milk Frother:
Another inexpensive milk frother, the stainless steel pot kind of works like a Fresh Press pot. It doesn’t require any batteries, so to create froth you’ll manually pump the press inside to froth the milk.
The one pictured above is the HIC Brands Stainless Steel milk frother, which holds up to 14 oz of milk/froth.
The Electric Milk Frother:
We saved the best for last, the electric milk frother, while is not as inexpensive as the others, it is certainly the best option to make milk froth without a streamer. Using an electric frother, you’ll get creamy froth, either hot or cold, with a touch of a button. You can either heat milk only, heat and froth, or keep it cold and froth the the milk. Its stainless steel built makes it easy to clean, and vacuum insulation makes sure to seal in the temperature of milk.
Featured above is the Secura Automatic Electric Milk Frother, which is currently the top rated on Amazon.com