In this brief article, we will provide you with the answer to the query: “Can I put milk in a coffee maker?”. In addition, we will discuss what happens if you put milk in a coffee maker and what are the alternatives to putting milk in the coffee maker.
Can I put milk in a coffee maker?
Basically, you cannot put milk in the coffee maker because the milk boils and the water evaporates. So when you add the water it will heat up and be evaporated in the coffee maker. The milk does not evaporate, it will boil and create cream, which will consequently damage the reservoir and other parts of the machine.
Putting milk in place of water in the coffee maker reservoir can make you lose your coffee maker. And it won’t work for a simple reason: Milk is different from water, and that’s why it behaves differently under heat.
As the water evaporates, the milk boils. And boiling milk, in addition to ruining the reservoir, can clog the thin tubes of the coffee maker (which were designed to receive water vapor).
What happens if you put milk in a coffee maker?
The reason you shouldn’t put milk in your coffee maker’s reservoir is that the milk in the reservoir will boil instead of evaporating. This will damage the reservoir and other elements of the coffee machine. And you probably won’t be able to fix your coffee maker.
What are the alternatives since I can’t put milk in the coffee maker?
If you are going to prepare a delicious and traditional coffee with milk, there are ready capsules (prepared with coffee and powdered milk) for you to make in the coffee maker.
But if you don’t want to buy the capsule, the tip is simple and obvious: Put a small dose of milk (I recommend 40 ml) in the cup that will receive the coffee. So you can enjoy a coffee with milk without damaging your coffee maker.
You can also make milk foam, see below the recipe:
Milk foam recipe
This recipe is well known on the internet, and there are many enthusiastic reports about the final result. Of course, it’s not 100% the same as frothed milk from coffee shops or an electric ‘frother’, but it’s sure to please. Here’s how to make frothed milk at home, without a device:
You’re gonna need:
- Cold milk
- A (long) pot with a lid, which can be taken to the microwave
- A microwave
Put the milk in the pot. If doing it for the first time, two fingers of milk is enough, as a test. An interesting tip is that the colder the milk, the more foam (that’s why some people put an ice cube in the pot with the milk). The type of milk also influences the type of froth: whole milk will froth softer and more flavorful, and skim milk froth will be firmer and drier.
Now, cover the jar tightly, pick it up and shake it, shake it, shake it! You must shake the pot well (from 15 to 60 seconds), until the volume of milk at least doubles in space. If you place the ice cube, shake it until it dissolves.
Then, remove the lid of the pot and place it in the microwave, heating on high power. Follow until the foam reaches the top of the pot. It’s the most tense part, where you have to keep an eye on what happens; normally, the pot will stay in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds until it rises. Turn off the microwave and that’s it!
The foam will concentrate on the top of the pot. Take it with a spoon.
How do I know I can’t put milk in my coffee maker?
To know that you cannot put milk in your coffee maker you should always read the manual.
It is important to stick to the manual before using any household equipment. Because it contains all the necessary information for you to clear all doubts about what can or cannot be done.
In the manual of most coffee machines, it is shown that you should only use water in the reservoir so as not to damage the equipment. In addition, the equipment manual shows other important information for you to preserve your coffee maker, such as maintenance and cleaning tips. But if any damage has already occurred, contact authorized service.
In summary, for almost all coffee machines you should not put milk in the reservoir, only clean water, unless it is stated in the manual.
In this brief article, we provided you with the answer to the query: “Can I put milk in a coffee maker?”. In addition, we discussed what happens if you put milk in a coffee maker and what are the alternatives to putting milk in the coffee maker.