How to make cold foam for coffee

How to Make Cold Foam for Coffee

Do you need your daily coffee fix in the morning? Are you tired of the same old coffee routine every day? If you’re looking to change it up, you may want to try making some cold foam for the next iced coffee you make. You might have seen cold foam at your local Starbucks’ menu and wondered what it was. Now you can learn how to make cold foam for coffee right in your kitchen, so you can save some money and enjoy your iced beverage from the comfort of your own home. You only need a few ingredients and tools to get you started on the path to your next coffee obsession. 

What Is Cold Foam?

An iced coffee with some scattered coffee beans

If you’ve ever had a latte or a cappuccino, you’re no stranger to the experience of layered foam that sits on top of your espresso beverage. While this type of foam on hot drinks is made by frothing milk with hot steam, cold foam is an alternative for iced drinks that are made without heat or steam. Cold foam has a very creamy and velvety consistency that makes it a delicious addition to your iced latte or cappuccino. 

Starbucks popularized cold foam when it was brought to the coffee chain’s menu in a variety of drinks. In 2018, Starbucks first introduced cold foam to the U.S. and Canada through three beverages: Cold Foam Blonde Iced Cappuccino, Cold Foam Cascara Nitro Cold Brew, and Cold Foam Cascara Cold Brew. It soon became a hot topic amongst coffee lovers and now can be enjoyed with any iced Starbucks beverage.

Not only is it very delicious, but cold foam has also proven to be very photogenic, especially when people love taking pictures of their food (“Phone eats first”). The layers of foam and coffee create a more visually appealing image as opposed to a plain coffee. With its creamy texture and aesthetic appeal, it’s no wonder why cold foam has become a favorite around the world.

What Tools Are Needed?

You will probably already have some of these kitchen tools and supplies to get started on this recipe. You can choose from a range of supplies that will help you make your cold cream. Choose from a handheld milk frother, a whisk, a french press, a blender, or just a simple mason jar with a tight lid. While some options will make the cold foam process longer than others (a whisk vs. a milk frother), using any of these tools will result in the creation of cold foam. 


An iced coffee in a glass on top of a table.

You have the freedom to choose from a few options when making cold foam at home. You can either use half & half, nonfat milk, or condensed milk and heavy cream. If you are a fan of Starbucks’ cold foam and are trying to imitate it, use nonfat milk. As opposed to whole milk or 2% milk, nonfat milk creates a better foam consistency because of its higher percentage of protein. With more protein, nonfat milk builds a more solidified foam so it will not immediately melt into your coffee drink. 

If you would prefer to sweeten your cold foam, you can choose to add a sweetener to your mixture. You may want to add sugar or go for a flavored syrup if you would like to make your cold foam have a more specific flavor like vanilla or caramel. 

How To Make Cold Foam For Coffee

With a Whisk or a Milk Frother

  • Whisk together all of the ingredients until the mixture becomes smooth
  • Pour the mixture over your iced beverage

With a Blender

  • Whisk together all of the ingredients until the mixture becomes smooth
  • Place 1/4 cup of the mixture into the blender and blend for around 10 seconds or until the consistency has become thick and creamy
  • Pour the mixture over your iced beverage

With a French Press

  • Pour all of the ingredients into your french press
  • Place the lid and move the plunger up and down 30 times
  • Pour the mixture over your iced beverage

With a Mason Jar

  • Pour all of the ingredients into a mason jar and then tighten the lid
  • Vigorously shake your mason jar until the consistency has become thick and creamy
  • Pour the mixture over your iced beverage


Now that you know what tools you need, what ingredients are required, and the instructions for how to make cold foam, you are ready to make your next cold foam iced drink. Try your new creation of a delicious cup of cold brew. Enjoy!

Written by Sonam Choedon

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