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Make Frothy, Cafe-Style Tea Lattes with a French Press

by The Good Guide October 23, 2017
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As any tea latte enthusiast will know, the key to a delicious, fun-to-sip latte is the creamy froth that tops your cup. And though mastering latte art might take a while, it’s actually incredibly easy to get beautifully rich milk foam at home. All you need is hot milk and your handy French press. Even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, a French press is super useful to have in your kitchen. It’s actually one of the best ways to steep tea, especially if you want a concentrated brew (which you do for tea lattes). Made especially for loose-leaf tea, this French tea press from tea masters Tealeaves is custom designed with a plunger that goes lower than a regular French press to help keep leaves from over-steeping. Read on for the kitchen hack—plus, two delicious tea latte recipes.

 

 

How to froth milk with a French press

Heat milk or milk substitute on the stove (higher the fat, the better the froth) to right before boiling. Fill a quarter of your French press with hot milk. Place French press lid back on top, and then move the plunger up and down until the milk is adequately frothed. Almond milk froths up pretty decently too, so that’s a great nondairy option. That’s it! We told you it was easy.

 

London Fog (Earl Grey) Tea Latte

Vanilla earl grey tea

1/2 cup of milk (use full-fat for better foam)

A dash of sugar, honey, or any other sweetener

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Brew an extra-strong cup of earl grey tea according to tea instructions. Mix in the sweetener and vanilla extract. Heat milk and froth using the directions above and pour into the cup of tea.

 

Chai Tea Latte

Chai tea

1/2 cup of milk (use full-fat for better foam)

A dash of sugar

Cinnamon stick (for garnish)

Star anise (for garnish)

 

Brew an extra-strong cup of chai tea according to tea instructions. Mix in sugar to taste. Heat milk and froth using the directions above and pour directly into the cup of tea. Garnish with a floating star anise and a cinnamon stick.

 

Have you ever used this trick for foaming milk? Have you ever steeped tea in a French press?

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