Sometimes it takes a lot of work and a skilled hand to achieve that rich velvety goodness you crave in a great latte, cappuccino or macchiato. Instead of hard work, Breville has made life a little easier with its Breville Milk Cafe, an auto-frother tailored specifically for espresso and coffee enthusiasts who want to fulfill that foamy fix quick. How does it work? Your milk is spun into a whirlpool of frothy goodness via induction heating, so you're able to control the temperature and size of your drink, plus the amount of froth or creaminess. But the benefits don't stop there: If you're in the mood for a cold frothy drink, press the "Cold Stir" button and Breville's Milk Cafe will stir up the milk sans heat.
Features & Functionality of the Breville Milk Cafe
Stainless Steel Milk Jug: Inner measurement markings and a pouring spout make creating drinks easy and precise.
On-Board Disc Storage: Prevents misplacing the discs that control how creamy or frothy the milk can be.
Measuring Cap: Measure and add desired ingredients like hot chocolate, cocoa powder, chai tea, syrup, flakes, etc. once mixing has started.
Cold Stir Setting: Stirs up milk without warming it.
Safety Features: Comes with a standby mode after 30 seconds of non-use and prevents and protects milk from boiling dry or overheating.
Hottest Standalone Frother - Not only does the Milk Cafe give you the ability to control the temperature of your milk, but it also tested as one of the hottest auto-frothers, reaching an impressive 170 degrees.
Variable Temperature Control - Choose the temperature you want. The Milk Cafe will automatically turn off once the milk has reached that specific heat level.
Large Volume - Compared to other auto-frothers, we've determined the Milk Cafe to hold the most capacity — a whopping three cups.
Big Footprint - The one negative? This auto-frother takes up a little more space than most compact frothers, but the three cup capacity works well.
Ease of Use
Ease of Care and Maintenance
Overall Value for the Money
How Does it Compare?
The Breville Milk Cafe is the only model with temperature control.
Tips and Tricks
A Note About Coffee & Cups
Let us break it down for you: Although 8 ounces equals a cup in the baking world, a US cup of coffee is measured at 6 ounces and a European cup of coffee is measured at 4.25 ounces. This is why we sometimes list ounces to paint a more accurate picture of capacity.
Best Answer:It is very difficult to get good foam for latte art from a stand alone frother like this Breville Milk Cafe, because latte art does require a good "wet-paint" consistency froth, with neither too many or too few bubbles. For this reason, it will be pretty difficult to get nice results with your latte art with this frother, unfortunately.
Hi, I am interested in this product. I like my drink extra hot. When you set this on highest temp is milk really hot? Hot enough for cold weather?
A shopper on Dec 23, 2013
Best Answer:Hi, I think the original highest temperature was a promised 170-degrees. I've been using mine daily for years to heat cool brew coffee which is half coffee concentrate and half 2% milk. I measured the temperature on high for you this morning: 168.1-degrees. I've used numerous frothers and this is the best I've found on the market. The stainless steel is a plus for longevity, no unnecessary non-stick coating to peel off. I also use mine for hot chocolate. I've never run into anything that's stuck. Good luck with your purchasing decision.
I, too, like frothed milk to be quite hot. As a point of reference, I use a Rocket espresso machine to make sure I get really super hot frothed milk when making a latte or cappuccino. The Breville frother I purchased to use when traveling in our little camper. Yes, it does make "hot" milk but not anywhere as hot as with an espresso machine. Not a very scientific answer but hopefully this helps. Would I buy it again? It DOES work as an espresso machine alternative so the answer is "yes".
The Breville Milk Cafe has an adjustment you can use for varying levels of heat, and it is perfect for me, but if you do like your drink extra hot, you still may not be 100% pleased with it. Stand alone frothers are not able to froth quite as hot as you can with a traditional frothing wand, but this Breville unit does a nice job and the temperature adjustment dial on this unit is a great feature!
You will likely have the same problem with sugar as you have had with the hot chocolate mix. Anything that's the least bit gritty in the mixing cup will prevent the foaming spinner from spinning.
We have had luck with this situation by pre-mixing the chocolate mix, sugar, etc to dissolve (at least most of it) into the milk before we start the frothing cycle. Giving everything a good stir first helps a lot and we've been able to froth hot chocolate nicely.
The instructions recommend you add powders, etc, after the stirring begins. I make cool brew coffee in mine, mixed with milk. Once it begins to stir I add coffee creamer, which is much like sugar. I also make hot chocolate and once the milk is spinning I add shredded chocolate. It also makes terrific foam. All and all the frother works extremely well. It's also nice to be able to adjust the temperature. My spouse like it hotter than I do.
I have not tried putting sugar in the milk. My drink of choice is an unsweetened latte :-) I do love my Breville Milk Cafe. When we travel to FL I take it along with my Nespresso Pixie. A great combo for my morning latte fix!
Best Answer:Although there's a mark for the minimum amount of milk on the canister, II've found that I add just enough to barely cover the spinner for my morning latte. I also found that it's vital to wash the canister after every use in order to avoid build-up of milk solid on the interior sides, because it's very difficult to remove, requiring either a scraper or harsh chemical solvents.This is a remarkable machine for either latte or cappuccino, and makes my morning latte a snap.
The video shows the cappuccino disc which give quite a bit of foam. Anyone use this machine and have description of what kind of foam you get with the latte disc? Is it anywhere near to a good micro foam ?
A shopper on Apr 11, 2013
Best Answer:The Breville makes excellent micro foam when you limit the amount of milk to the Capp / Latte max line or around 12 ounces. We bought this large capacity frother because nearly every morning I use it to make my wife and I mochas. Filling the Brevillle up to the full 3 cup mark gives a little foam but not much. Please understand in the morning I am hustling to make our breakfast and our 2 mochas before heading off to work so I don't really care about micro foam then. On the weekend it's nice to do the foam. Also, I use a mixture of about 2/3 skim chocolate milk and 1/3 skim white milk and as mentioned, the micro foam is really thick when frothing only enough for one cup. Temp is set at max or around 160 degrees. I am also very impressed with the Breville's durability. For well over a year it has been in nearly daily use ( keeping up with Silvia and Rocky). When family / friends come over, I have made as many as 6 mochas (3 cycles back to back) with no problems. I have been very happy with the Breville Milk Cafe frother.
I have owned the Breville Milk Cafe, and I must say it is perfect. I like foam in my latte, and this machine creates heavy form. With that said, when you pour the milk when finished heating, you can limit the amount of foam in your drink by using a spoon as you pour.
If you want micro foam as I do, this is the machine to buy. It heats to the perfect temperature, which can be controlled.
I get great foam with the latte disc. I have not tried cappuccino disc as I get an inch and a half of foam for about 12 oz of 1 percent milk. I also love the temp control. The only thing I notice is sometimes the magnet does not set down to spin so I need to check before pouring milk. Very happy with it!
Best Answer:Sorry, but no. As with any other stand-alone frother, these will heat and whip/froth the milk, but because steam is not also being incorporated, and the milk is not being stretched to form those tiny bubbles for microfoam, a frother like this will see almost immediate separation of the foam on top of the heated milk. When it is poured, the milk will come out first, followed by a blob of foam at the end. Finally, because steam is not incorporated and the milk isn't stretched, the foam will also dissipate quickly, especially if sauces or syrups are added, or the drink is stirred.
The Breville is superb at producing froth that is good and hot. Although we do not make latte art, my understanding is that to produce latte art, you need simply a pitcher of milk that has been frothed, and the Breville frother will give you just that. Because the Breville stainless steel pitcher has a capacity sufficient for a number of lattes, you might want to transfer enough froth for a single latte into a smaller pitcher (which possibly you might want to warm up) if you want to practice latte art with the same size pitcher as used by the pros for a single latte.
I don't make latte art with my morning latte, but when using the latte wheel I find a surface of foam which could be used to make art I suppose. With the cappuccino wheel installed there's a world of foam to make art, but I seldom use this wheel. I use 2% lo-fat milk sweetened with a packet of Splenda, so this is what makes the foam. Lotsa luck.
Hello. No latte art with this. The foam it creates is much more light and airy than the velvety, textured milk that a traditional steam wand creates. And this is with the disc that supposedly doesn't make the milk as foamy. I guess you could create some sort of abstract latte art, but it won't look like a professional barista.
What kind of milk is best to use in the breville milk frother?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2013
Best Answer:You can use any milk you'd like in the Breville Milk Cafe, but alternative milks like Soy and Almond have a less stable froth (the bubbles dissipate pretty quickly), as will chocolate milk. We generally use plain 2% milk with great results.
Best Answer:The Breville Milk Cafe, like other frothers, will heat and whip/froth the milk, but because steam is not also being incorporated, and the milk is not being stretched to form those tiny bubbles for microfoam, a frother like this will see almost immediate separation of the foam on top of the heated milk. When it is poured, the milk will come out first, typically followed by a blob of foam at the end. The temperature is really up to you, but generally most people prefer between 140-160 degrees. You will generally find a bit better/consistent froth with whole or 2% milk, and with lower fat milks or alternative milks like soy or almond, less consistency, quicker separation, or froth that quickly dissipates.
Thanks so much for your detailed answer. In fact my main purpose of buying this machine was for creating latte art. Since I don't own a manual espresso machine and instead I have a Nespresso, I was looking for a device that gives me a proper milk for latte art. Do you know any special device that steams milk for latte art?
I'm only get some foam on the surface but the rest of the milk is just heated. I've been careful to keep everything clean and the wheel spins fine after some testing. Am I doing something wrong? I have used both cold 2% and whole milk.
A shopper on Nov 28, 2014
Best Answer:Since this is a stand alone frother, the froth will stay unincorporated in the milk, this is because you're not stretching the milk by incorporating steam, but rather just heating as it is stirred. You generally will get less froth from the flat attachment, and more froth from the thicker attachment that whisks more.
We had one and it worked fine for six months. Then it began to get 'temperamental', meaning that sometimes it would double-beep, which is the warning that 'something is wrong' such as the outside of the container is wet, etc. We would do everything possible - wipe it off, heat it up, cool it off, whatever. I would only start up on the following day. Then it would work fine for a week or so, then 'sound off' again. Finally, after about a year of this, it finally just stopped.
Extremely disappointed. Before this, I had a stove-top steamer and although it was mechanical, it was actually faster and gave much better steam. (I lost it in a move). I'm going to get another one. Kind of like roll-down windows in a car, vs electronic. It's great when it's new, but... (Posted on 6/11/2015)
what's not to love?Review by Doug
I bought this along with the Technivorm Mochamaster after pulling my hair out trying to get an espresso maker with a PID to steam milk for 2 cups. Aggh! It took 30+ minutes and was the last straw for me.
Breville Milk Cafe: Problem solved! I can put COLD milk into the Milk Cafe and before the coffee has finished brewing (the Mochamaster is really fast, too), the milk is heated, frothed and done. Boom. Finished.
I have not used the second insert which gives the most foam, but I'm sure it works fine. I have frothed cream, half and half and 2% milk. Haven't used it on dairy substitutes and probably won't but I can vouch for it on the above.
Just get one and make yourself happy and amaze your friends. My wife loves it, too!
(Posted on 4/26/2015)
Brilliant frother!Review by Betty
I can't count how many frothers I have tried over the years, and none of them has been the equal of the Breville. I had searched and searched for a "best " frother and after reading the reviews here and elsewhere, I thought I'd give Breville a try. I'm delighted I did - I highly recommend it! (Posted on 8/5/2013)
Great!Review by Kerry
It works great, and washes up great! (Posted on 4/11/2013)
Works wellReview by Trisha
It is a little big on the counter but very quality and I like the temperature control and the fact that you can do two cups at once. It does take about 5 minutes to do two cups. The foam is divine! (Posted on 3/3/2013)
Best Frother I've found!Review by Cam
I'm not new to individual frothers, and this one is the best I've found. The quality is superb, very sturdy. It's stainless steel, so no non-stick surface to peel. It's large enough you won't get spill-overs, as I've experienced with other frothers. Plus this one actually gets the liquid hot instead of just above lukewarm. Wish it had more measurements lists on the pitcher, I add things in 1/4 cup (2-ozs) increments.
Note: you need to pour it immediately on completion—when the foam is at its peek—or foam bubbles rapidly expand and deflate. Then again that could depend upon what milk % you are using. I tend to use 1% as opposed to skim. (Posted on 8/12/2012)
Milk Cafe is a nice addition toReview by George
I think the milk cafe is a nice addition because it is relatively quiet (compared to the steamer)and you can heat the milk at the same time you are brewing the coffee. The only drawback I see is that the mixer blade is driven indirectly by magnetism and is not a direct drive. Therefore, it lacks power and even a small amount of sugar can stop the mixer. I get around that by adding the sugar to the coffee and not to the milk.
Quiet, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use
(Posted on 4/25/2012)
Really Fast and EZ to cleanReview by Jim
I bought the Exprelia super auto, but we never use the automatic frothing functions or the steam wand. Add a little milk to the Breville, push the button and it is ready in about the same time it takes the Exprelia to pull a shot...maybe 25 seconds. The crew review showed it taking a long time, but with a single serving and the thermostat set to the middle position it is fast.
It is 10 times easier to maintain than the automatic function of the Exprelia. When you are done, just rinse out the carafe. Every few days we throw it in the dish washer. The frothing performance is really as good as a steam wand and a lot easier and faster. We use it every day and it still looks brand new after a year.
Easy To Use, Comparable to steam wand, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade
Not a single complaint (Posted on 3/27/2012)
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