Best milk temperature for Caffe Latte or Cappuccino
Different temperatures of steamed milk will give different flavours to a Caffe Latte or Cappuccino. It is therefore very important that we achieve a temperature that, in general, gives the best flavour. A higher temperature will be harder for the tongue to analyze. This is because the tongue is a muscle and reacts to heat. Milk with a temperature well over 70 C can burn the tongue and is not desirable. Milk starts to boil around 80 C.
The best milk temperature for Caffe Latte or Cappuccino is between 60 C and 70 C.
A good way to reach the desired temperature is to use a good calibrated thermometer. There is a little delay with a thermometer which means that the steam should be turned of just a few degrees below the desired temperature. It is possible to judge the temperature by touch and usually the temperature is right when it is not possible to hold the jug for longer than two seconds.