Cold foam on frappuccino

How to Make Cold Foam At Home? (4 Easy Steps)

Henry Muller

Coffee is loved in all its forms, and there are countless ways in which we enjoy a cup of coffee, in winter or in summer, with milk or ice, freshly brewed or instant.

But, a coffee topped with cold foam is the newfound idea for coffee enthusiasts, and we are all in for it. This fluffy-as-air topping was invented by Starbucks in 2018, and since then, it has been a part of every coffee shop menu.

Cold foam has a luxurious mouthfeel that elevates your coffee experience, but to your surprise, it is extremely easy to recreate in your kitchen. If you do not believe us, keep reading!  

What is cold foam?

Cold foam is a frothy layer of milk that sits on top of cold beverages like iced coffee and tea. The cold form is similar to steamed milk that tops cappuccinos and lattes, but a colder version.

It is often sweetened and flavored to suit various taste preferences and to add variety. Not only is a layer of cold foam on your drink visually appealing, but it also adds a pleasing contrast of texture to it.  

Can you make cold foam at home?

Yes, you can make it at home. And the good thing is, making cold foam at home is quite an easy task. You can use your preferred kind of milk (dairy or non-dairy) and your favorite flavors to add to it.

When you order a latte in a fancy coffee shop with the most fluffy layer of cold foam floating on it, you may wonder if you can make it on your own. So today, we are going to show you it.

Ingredient you need

1) Milk - 1/4th Cup

Skim Milk works the best because it does not have extra fat or cream to weigh it down. But if you prefer plant-based non-dairy milk, oat milk or soy milk are the best options as they create a better froth compared to other alternatives like almond milk.

2) Sweetener- 1 teaspoon

Sugar syrup works best if you do not want any lingering aftertaste to it. You can simply add an equal amount of water and sugar and heat it in a saucepan until the sugar melts to make it. You can also use honey or maple syrup to add a little sweetness to your cold foam.  

3) Vanilla Extract and Spices- ¼ teaspoon

This part is totally optional but is a lot of fun.  You can add vanilla extract to add depth to the taste of the foam, and you can get playful with the spice part. A dash of cinnamon powder, pumpkin spice, or a bit of nutmeg sprinkle can elevate the taste of your foam.

Equipment you need

1) Milk Frother

An electric milk frother can make your work super easy, handheld frothers are also ideal for making cold foam at home. If you do not have a milk frother, you can also use an immersion blender,  french press, or just your regular blender.  These are widely and easily available and are quite efficient.

2) Mason Jar

If you do not have a frother,  you can also use a tightly sealed mason jar for manual frothing. After adding all the ingredients to the jar, Get ready for some arm workout, keep shaking the jar vigorously until the milk gets foamy. This may take some time, and you may lose hope and get tired after a few minutes, but just keep shaking!  

How to Make Cold Foam At Home?

Step 1: Prepare Ingredients and Set Up Frother

Add your preferred variety of milk, sweetener, and vanilla extract together in a tall glass or pitcher. Now, put the frother in the jar in a way that the whisk portion is submerged fully into the mix of ingredients.

Step 2: Froth the Milk Mixture

Turn on the frother and let it do its magic. Froth continuously for 15 to 20 seconds until you achieve a foamy consistency.  Please note that the plant-based milk may take a little longer, almond milk can take up to two to three minutes to get frothy.  

Step 3: Pour Foam onto Cold Brew Coffee

Take two glass mugs of cold brew coffee and use a spoon to transfer the foam from the beaker onto the top of your cold coffee. Yes, this does look very satisfying!

Step 4: Garnish and Enjoy!

Sprinkle some nutmeg or cinnamon powder on top of it, if you like, and enjoy! As easy as it looks!

Best practices to make your cold foam thick

1) Use very cold milk, as it tends to froth better and creates a cold foam with a very creamy texture.

2) Adjust the cream and milk ratio and experiment. A bit more cream can enhance the thickness of the cold foam, but too much milk can also make your milk heavy and not let it fluff better.

3) Frother for a slightly longer period to let more air into the mix to make it fluffier and thicker.  

4) Use a proper dedicated milk frother to get that perfect fluffy and thick, Starbucks-style cold foam.  

Vanilla sweet cream or cold foam: Which is better?

Cold foam is a cold coffee topping that can be made by frothing just cold milk. Vanilla sweet cream is made with milk, heavy whipped cream, sugar, and vanilla syrup.

A cold foam sits on top of the drink, but a vanilla sweet cream is mixed directly into the coffee.

Both of these additions to your drink enhance the taste, so it's a tough choice to make between the two. It also highly depends on your taste and preferences.

Cold foam gives a lighter and frothier texture and is not that sweet. If you want to indulge in extra sweetness and a creamier texture, go for vanilla sweet cream.

Wrapping up

All in all, making cold foam is not a tricky task; you can easily get the fancy coffee shop experience at home.

With a splash of creativity and a few simple ingredients, you can experiment with the flavor and toppings and see what you like the most.

Indulge yourself or make it for your friends and family as it doesn't take a lot of time and goes with almost all kinds of drinks and beverages.

Now that you know how easy it is to make your own cold foam,  get creative and start frothing to elevate your coffee-drinking experience!  


1) Can you store leftover foam?

You can store the leftover foam in an airtight container and fridge it for a couple of days, but you will have to froth it again before serving as it may lose its texture.  

2) Can I make cold foam with oat milk?

Yes, oat milk froths quite well and creates a very creamy and delicious cold foam.  Just make sure that the oat milk is cold before you start frothing.  

3) Is cold foam just whipped cream?

No, cold foam is much lighter and fluffier than whipped cream, which is a very denser and sweet drink topping. Cold foam is just frothed cold milk, while whipped cream is made from heavy whipping cream.

4) Are you supposed to mix cold foam while drinking coffee?

The choice is yours, drink your coffee as you like. Some people enjoy sipping through the foam to enjoy the layer of flavor, while some mix it to get a consistent taste. Feel free to experiment and decide for yourself. 


Henry Muller

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I am a barista by profession hailing from NC. My journey began in my late teens when I started working as a barista in a local coffee shop. My passion for coffee quickly became evident as I immersed myself in the art of espresso extraction, latte art ...