Can You Froth Coffee Creamer? (How To Easily Make For Lattes)

Coffee creamer and milk add a similar body, richness, and flavor to coffee. For people who don’t want dairy in their coffee or prefer a wider range of flavors, creamers and whiteners are a great substitute for milk. But when it comes to espresso-based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes, can you froth coffee creamer and get the same flavor as the original? 

Read this guide to find out if you can and should froth coffee creamers for your coffee drink of choice. We’ll also show you a few frothing methods for cafe-style drinks at home. 

Coffee creamers come in many different styles and flavors. While they are usually either in liquid or powder form, whiteners and creamers might be made from plant-based milk, hydrogenated vegetable oil, or regular dairy. They can be sugar-free, low-sugar, organic, fat-free, non-GMO, or any of a slew of other variations for the health-conscious consumer. 

When you add milk to coffee, bitterness and acidity are subsumed into sweetness, the thinner consistency gains more body, and the texture becomes fuller and creamier. Altogether, this creates a pleasing mouthfeel that many coffee aficionados find superior to espresso without milk.  

Coffee creamers are designed to have the same effect minus the filmy texture you get from milk fats. For the most part, creamers are made without milk for dietary or storage purposes. Liquid creamer, for example, might use corn syrup solids and hydrogenated vegetable oil to achieve a liquid form that is shelf-stable for longer than dairy products. 

You can also find liquid creamers that are made from condensed milk or milk from other plants like soy, rice, coconuts, or almonds. Dry or powdered coffee creamer uses dehydrated corn syrup and vegetable oil solids, and sometimes dairy derivatives like the milk protein casein. 

Can You Froth Coffee Creamer

Why Froth Coffee Creamer? 

Frothing coffee creamer can be done, but different brands might froth better than others. Milk froths well and keeps a stable foam based on its fat and protein content - dairy or non-dairy, coffee creamers, and whiteners sometimes don't compare to foam from milk. 

Adding liquid creamer will enrich the flavor of the coffee, and adding foam on top of that will make the mouth feel more airy and tamper some of the richness, which can be overwhelming, especially if you prefer mochas and other drinks with syrup in them.  

Whether you want to make a drink with big bubbles like a cappuccino, microfoam like a flat white, or something like a latte where the foam takes up less of the cup, coffee creamer can be frothed for the job. 

You can froth creamer instead of milk. Liquid creamer with a higher oil or fat content is better for large bubbles and a dry foam like you want for cappuccinos, while high-protein creamers (with or without casein) work better for microfoams. You know you have a good foam when the bubbles reach about half an inch (minimum) and stay that way when you stop churning. 


Can You Froth Coffee Creamer In Milk Frothers? 

Tools for frothing coffee cream fall into one of the following general categories: 

Automatic Milk Frothers 

These are the easiest and often most effective, but they can also be expensive. Fully automatic frothers only require you to add the coffee creamer, press a button, and wait.  

When you’re frothing coffee creamer, you can either pour in liquid creamer or mix powdered creamer with a bit of water and add that in. 

Hand-Pump Pressed Milk Frothers 

On the opposite end of the spectrum are hand-pumped frothers. You can still froth coffee creamer with these, but you have to put some elbow grease into it. 

The mechanism for frothing is usually on top of the lid and looks like the plunger you would see on a French Press. Unlike the French Press, you need to pump this one repeatedly.  

Electric Milk Frothers 

A blend of the first two models, electric milk frothers are countertop models that aren’t fully automatic. You might have to put a cup in place and withdraw it at the end or arrange it underneath a wand when you blend your coffee creamer. 

Hand-Held Wands 

Hand-held wands look like smaller versions of stick blenders. The end is most often a round spiral piece around the vertical wand section. You press a button after the spiral is introduced to the coffee creamer and blend until the froth is formed. 

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Different Ways To Froth Coffee Creamer (Without A Milk Frother) 

You can make coffee creamer frothy with any of the following methods: 

Using An Espresso Machine 

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    Begin with cold creamer in a cold milk frothing pitcher. 
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    Tilt the pitcher at about a 45° angle and put it under the steaming wand.
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    Put the wand head just beneath the surface of the creamer and start to blend.
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    After a couple of seconds, move the pitcher up so the wand is near the bottom of your creamer.
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    Let it work until the creamer is warm and frothy. This will produce bubbles that are smaller than air injection and potentially less stable. 

Using A French Press 

Since the French Press won’t warm the creamer up for you like an espresso machine, you have to warm the creamer first. If you’re using dry coffee creamer, mix it with warm water first.  

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    Pour warmed coffee creamer into the French Press, making sure not to fill it up more than ⅓ of the way.
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    Place the lid on the French Press and push the plunger down. 
  • 3
    Repeatedly lift and push the plunger down until the coffee creamer is foamed. 

Using An Electric Whisk 

These things work with either hot or cold coffee creamer, making them ideal for cold frappes or Freddo espressos.  

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    Fill a frothing pitcher or a cup with your coffee creamer. 
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    Drop the tip of the electric whisk into the creamer until it’s about halfway.
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    Start the electric whisk and blend until the coffee creamer is foamy. 

Using Blenders 

You can use a regular blender or an immersion blender for this one. Just make sure you have a vessel that won’t spill or tip over with the force of the blending.  

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    Pour your coffee creamer, coffee, and any additional sugar into a mug, cup, or matching blender attachment.
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    Put the lid on if you’re using a traditional blender or an immersion blender with a fully attachable cup.
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    Turn on the blender. Remember not to go full strength here - you only need a bit of agitation to get the foam you want. 
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    Continue blending until your foam has formed.

Other Alternatives 

One of the best ways of frothing coffee creamer on the fly is to grab a mason jar with a firm lid. Pour the creamer inside, tighten the lid, and shake the jar for a while until your foam has formed.  

You can also use an old-fashioned non-electric whisk and just beat your coffee creamer like you would eggs. It will form bubbles faster than you think, and you won't have to go through the hassle of cleaning up any of the electric contraptions we mentioned earlier. 

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Frequently Asked Coffee Creamer Questions

Can you froth Coffee-Mate Creamer? What About Starbucks creamer? 

You can froth Coffee-Mate and Starbucks creamers as long as they aren’t liquid creamer concentrate. These denser recipes are meant to be added straight to the coffee and don’t have the necessary proteins within them to make bubbles and lasting foam. 

Can you make your own coffee creamer? 

Making your own coffee creamer is a fantastic way to cut out excess sugar from your diet and avoid the processed ingredients found in many of the most popular brands of coffee creamer. For a basic DIY coffee creamer, all you need to do is combine condensed milk, a little whole milk, maple syrup, cornstarch, and some vanilla extract or something similar for flavoring. 

Can you drink creamer by itself? 

Although you certainly can, it’s not going to be the nicest flavor experience you’ve ever had. While frothed coffee creamer adds a delicious full flavor and mouthfeel to your espresso drink, it’s a bit lacking on its own. 

Can you froth cold creamer? 

You can certainly froth cold coffee creamer, and in some cases, you should. For example, if you're using an espresso machine to froth your creamer, it will heat it for you so you can start with cold creamer and a cold frothing pitcher. 

Can you froth sugar-free creamer? 

As long as the creamer has enough protein, you can froth it. Look for ingredients like the milk protein casein on the ingredients list if you aren’t sure. Those looking for a dairy alternative can consider sugar-free soy milk as an option. 


Conclusion

Now that you know how to froth coffee creamer without a frother, with a whisk, and with just about any other tool you might have handy, your homemade coffee is moving up to the next level.

You can froth any kind of coffee creamer as long as it has the protein necessary to form the foam, which is great news if you want that coffeehouse feeling at home.