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Posted Sat May 22, 2004, 5:31pm
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non-pasteurized soy steams better than pasteurized soy - though neither steam as well as even non-fat milk. and rice milk steams for s**t.
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Posted Fri Jun 4, 2004, 3:13pm
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What a fantastic 'How-To'. The pictures helped a lot too.
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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2004, 6:59am
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HELP!!!!!!!
I'm having trouble frothing despite having read the wondeful article and practicing for a few months.  Yes I can surf, yes I'm using cold milk and yes - I'm getting decent microfoam.  The problem is I am left with too much hot milk and when I go for a rosette in my cup, it starts off with miilk and by the time i reach the foam, the cup is full.
Any suggestions?
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Posted Mon Jan 24, 2005, 10:39pm
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Aaron DeLazzer's article is great. I want to buy the 20oz "needle nose" frothing pitcher mentioned as well as a good thermometer. I surfed the web but could not find the pitcher. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks. Ed
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Posted Fri Apr 22, 2005, 8:35am
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I think that home-espresso has similar pitchers. http://store.baristatools.com/5005b.html
Same ones used at espresso vivace for the same purpose. They have nice thermometers as well.
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Posted Sun Jul 10, 2005, 6:16am
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More of a question than a comment - what are those great espresso cups with the rubber/silicone coating and no handle? I've never seen those before - love them.

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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2005, 1:01am
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Hey, the whole milk frothing guide was fantastic. I was very new to the whole 'frothing' scene when I read it and it was very helpful. Now I am steaming like a pro.....well maybe not quite a pro.. but much better.
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Posted Fri Oct 7, 2005, 9:06am
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Hello!
Great guide!

I have a question though:
when using my steamer, sometimes it stops steaming before my milk gets hot, and there is no more steam/pressure. I just tested the steamer without any milk, and it would run for about 70 seconds, which ought to be enough to froth my milk.
Could this problem be because I have
a) just poured a double espresso shot?
b) a broken machine? (I use the Alessi Coban)
c) been using the wrong technique?
d) been steaming into milk, and the machine has had to work harder than it had to when the pitcher is empty, and therefor wont run for 70 seconds?

How long should a steam pipe be able to run for, on a decent domestic espresso machine?
I know that I shouldnt re-steam milk, but would a solution be turning of the steam and let new pressure build up for a short time, and start over again?

Regards, Adam.
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Posted Fri Oct 7, 2005, 9:37am
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Hate to break it to you, especially since you probably paid a pretty penny for it, but the Alessi Coban is not in the class of serious home espresso machines. It is, for all its gorgeous design (which explains the price), a basic pump machine in the same class as an entry-level Saeco, or even a Krups, DeLonghi, or Capresso Ultima thermoblock.  I have owned a few of this class of machine, and you are lucky if you get enough steam off of one cycle to froth enough milk for one small cappuccino.  I have seen a friend's Krups steam toy (non-pump) produce more frothing power on one fill-up than my Krups 964 or Capresso Ultima could muster--almost as much as my Saeco Rio Vapore or Estro Profi, both of which had true boilers.  Running out of steam is the other reason (the main one is inferior shot quality) why upgrade fever strikes basic-pump owners. Moving up to a Gaggia, FF or Silvia (or Isomac single boiler) will give you much more steaming power, though not as much as you'd get from even the cheapest heat-exchanger machine.  That being said, make sure the boiler has been descaled and your steam wand is not clogged.

 
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Posted Fri Oct 7, 2005, 10:52am
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Hey.
I knew that the Coban wasn't such a great machine before purchasing it, after reading a few reviews, but the looks of it caught me and since I'm new to this addiction, (espresso, that is) I thought it'd do. Well, I'll have to work my way around the steaming, and perhaps I shouldn't expect to make great foam, and the next time I buy an espresso machine I'll upgrade a level or two.
Thanks anyway :)
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