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i_wanna_be_barista
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Posted Fri Jan 7, 2011, 4:05am
Subject: how to make microfoam without steamer?
 

Hi.. I newbie here.. And I want to know how to make microfoam without coffee machines or steamer? Is there another way to do that? I use bamix blender and the foam will gone after 5-10 minutes..

I have presso machine (very manual machine)
Can barista make the great taste coffee without pro machine(la cimbali, saeco, etc) ?

Sorry for this silly question.. Because I can not afford espresso machine in my country.. Its very expensive..

Very thanks..
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Posted Fri Jan 7, 2011, 1:50pm
Subject: Re: how to make microfoam without steamer?
 

When I was making a moka pot every morning I tried a variety of ways to heat and foam the milk without a steamer.  Some of the methods work better than others, but in the end none of them gave microfoam.  The foam you end up with is more fluffy, and pours out on top of the milk.  It's hard to describe, but microfoam pours like thick milk.  In the end I picked up a stove top milk steamer and it works perfectly.  I haven't used it in years, but I keep it around just in case I may someday want a cappuccino while camping.

The next best way that I was able to do it was to use a plunger milk frother with milk heated in a double boiler.  That method works pretty well, and as long as you don't go overboard with the foaming it is passable.
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Posted Sat Jan 8, 2011, 9:33am
Subject: Re: how to make microfoam without steamer?
 

i_wanna_be_barista Said:

how to make microfoam without coffee machines or steamer? Is there another way to do that?

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I know because I've done it that a French Press can make the kind of milk it takes to pour latte art--and then execute it.

It's not the easiest or quickest maneuver, (and it will take trial-and-error) but it can be done with a French Press, a microwave (or stove), a spoon, and a pouring vessel (ideally a small, well-designed pouring pitcher, though I've poured a heart out of a 2-cup Pyrex [after the milk is transferred from the FP to the Pyrex]).

Happy endeavors!

 
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Posted Sat Jan 8, 2011, 8:29pm
Subject: Re: how to make microfoam without steamer?
 

i_wanna_be_barista Said:

I use bamix blender and the foam will gone after 5-10 minutes..

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I did this for a while... while my mixer was not a Bamix, it is very similar in design (stick mixer).

Like any other milk operation, speed is key.  5 to 10 minutes is an eternity in milk terms; aim for 20-30 seconds of blending, then another 30-50 seconds warming the milk (I used a microwave), then pour immediately.

Just like with steaming, overstretching the milk is bad, overheating the milk is bad, and you have to use excellent quality milk for truly excellent results.

Never exactly microfoam, but it was thick and luxurious and enjoyed.
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Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:06am
Subject: Re: how to make microfoam without steamer?
 

I too, thought that I can't make microfoam that is good for free pour latte art without an espresso machine and without a steamer.

But I found a blogger that actually does that. After heating the milk in a microwave, it takes me a minute or two only to create microfoam!

check my blog post for more details: http://wp.me/p1OS6v-5F
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