We all like our coffees brewed by our coffee makers. What about cappuccinos and lattes? If you don’t enjoy the bitterness of coffee, cappuccinos and lattes should be right up your alley.
So now users might ask – can you put milk in a coffee maker to make cappuccinos and lattes? The answer is that although you can, it is recommended not to do so. and this article will highlight some of them and give you some alternatives instead.
Why Shouldn’t You Put Milk in a Coffee Maker?
Many people think that adding milk through a coffee maker will allow them to make their drinks. While this can be done, it is a very bad idea for the following reasons:
1. Clogging Machine Parts
One thing you need to remember is that when you put milk in a coffee maker, it will pass through many parts of the machine before getting to the faucet. Since milk is thicker than water, it can get stuck when traveling down.
Repeatedly putting milk in the coffee maker will eventually cause it to coagulate and clog up parts of the machine. This will affect the performance of your machine, causing it to slow down and not work well for brewing coffee.
2. Affects the Taste of Your Coffee
As mentioned above, milk will eventually coagulate in your coffee maker if you keep putting it in. This will affect the taste of your coffee as milk residue will end up in your cup of coffee.
If you heat the coffee machine, the milk will taste worse, and your coffee will taste bad. The consistency of your coffee will also be affected.
Milk protein does not react well to high heat. It will cause bacteria to grow and later cause mold, which is very unhygienic. This will require you to clean the coffee maker constantly, as you will be trying to get rid of the milk.
Drinking coffee like that will make you sick and be very harmful to your health, especially after constant use. With milk being harder to clean from the coffee machine, your coffee will become very unsanitary after a while.
4. Smells Bad
Rotten milk smells terrible. Having milk clogged in the internal parts of your coffee maker will eventually cause it to go bad, especially when heated. Next thing you know, an unbearable odor will start to emit from the machine and will eventually go into your coffee.
5. Hard to Clean
Milk and milk protein is hard to clean. You need to deep-clean your machine regularly to get the chemical substances off entirely. This increases the amount of maintenance you need to do on your coffee machine manifolds.
Alternatives You Can Follow
As you can see, putting milk in a coffee maker is a very bad idea and has many problems that can lead to either your coffee tasting bad or your machine getting damaged. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cappuccino or latte. Here are some alternatives you can use:
1. Separately Heating the Milk
Mildly heat the milk separately in a saucer or put it in a microwave. Swirl it for a bit, and then add it to your coffee. This will help you add milk to your coffee without clogging up the machine.
2. Use a Steam Wand Accessory
Invest in a coffee machine or espresso machine with a steam wand. These are designed to prepare cappuccinos and lattes. You can use the steam wand to steam or forth milk in a separate container and then add the steamed milk to your coffee or espresso.
The only thing you need to remember is to clean the tip of the steam wand from time to time and flush it out. Maintaining a steam wand is much easier than maintaining a coffee machine with milk put into it.
So as you can see, it is not worth going through the trouble as you can easily damage your machine and ruin your coffee. Although it’s faster, it is not worth getting sick or ruining a good coffee machine.