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slowrunner40
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Posted Sat Jan 22, 2005, 1:48pm
Subject: Frothing Soy Milk?
 

I wanted to froth Soy Milk since I can't drink too much dairy.  Anyway on my solis70 I frothed regular lowfat milk beautifully.  I can hardly create a bubble (lol) on the soy milk and I believe it was the low fat version.  My cappuccino's are so flat and even taste flat now!  Anyone have any advice?
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005, 12:57pm
Subject: Re: Frothing Soy Milk?
 

Slowrunner40, I share your dismay in the milk arena.  I've been overdosing on cappuccino's since i got my new machine and not only am I lactose intolerant (so I switched to Lactaid brand milk), but I'm also allergic to the proteins in milk.  I have adverse reactions (politely put) to Soymilk as well.  So I bought rice milk, vanilla flavored.  Now if I'm craving something like milk, this substitutes pretty well.  But I have tried foaming it and it really doesn't work well.  Lately I'm just doing my shots of espresso with my fake sugar substitute of the day (also working on diabetes!!) naked, or add on a splash of Mocha Mix nondairy creamer.  Food limitations are the pits!
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Posted Thu Jan 27, 2005, 10:48am
Subject: Re: Frothing Soy Milk?
 

Check out http://www.espressomyespresso.com/

RandyG runs that site, and he also uses soy milk. Very fun site to read, and perhaps you should contact him about it.
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Posted Sat Jan 29, 2005, 2:15am
Subject: Re: Frothing Soy Milk?
 

We use Silk and some other soy milk when it is on sale.  I'm not sure I've ever noticed a problem with them - but frothing is LOUD!  Anyway, I also use soy milk for steamers on request - I've not had any complaints.   But to do a latte with soy I pretty much froth it as if I'm making a cappuccino.

I'm headed to that link - anything to improve the soy-based drinks is welcomed!
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Posted Sat Jan 29, 2005, 9:36am
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My wife is lactose intolerant and was wondering about using lactaid instead of regular milk. Does it taste different or even good?

 
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Posted Sat Jan 29, 2005, 10:12am
Subject: Re: Frothing Soy Milk?
 

I'm lactose intolerant too.  I always use Lactaid milk.  My wife and daughter say it's sweeter than regular milk.  I think it tastes just fine.  I asked a question in response to the "The official coffeegeek frothing guide " "The Milk Frothing Guide", and Aaron tested the lactose milk and gave his opinion on it.

 
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Posted Sun Jan 30, 2005, 10:45pm
Subject: Re: Frothing Soy Milk?
 

my own personal tips for steaming soy....

  1.  COLD COLD COLD!  cold pitcher... the colder the better (maybe stick ptichers in the freezer or something)...and cold cold cold soy
  2.  Streach alittle less (meaning...stop streaching at a lower temp)... roll more....
  3.  Dont steam quite as hot...maybe 140deg or so.
  4.  Steaming soy is alittle louder then milk...however when done well... i have found it to be almost the same volume level...
  5.  I noticed...if it gets loud...ur TOO HOT...or...you didnt put enough air into it =)

When i was working at diff coffee houses... i HAD to learn how to steam soy properly for my own ego...lol =)
some people think soy is impossible to microfoam correctly...however... i have found that yes...YOU CAN make a SOY Capp just takes practice...

Eton

btw... i think rice milk is IMPOSSIBLE...hehe...but thats just me...maybe you can figure it out.  I think its bk rice milk is moslty water =P
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