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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 11:11am
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I'm sure many of you, like me, have spent hours upon hours searching for milk texturing and latte art tutorial videos. Well, fellow coffee geeks, here is the best one I've found out there. It's a great tutorial, but more importantly, we are given a clear view into the pitcher for do's and don'ts. Most videos I've found either have great instruction (but you can't see inside the pitcher) or very poor quality video of the actual milk texturing with little or no instruction. I hope this is helpful for you.

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Posted Fri Apr 5, 2013, 9:57am
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It is a good video. I kept wanting to straighten out his hat... I guess I have been watching too many Monk reruns.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 5, 2013, 8:32pm
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I still feel it misleads by going into technique. It's only when I really understood what we're really trying to do and ignored how physically how to do it did I get the breakthrough.

The vertical steam wand and its positioning mentioned here for example simply weren't appropriate to my single-hole wand and were just sending me off track.

I tripled  the power of my steamer just recently and wand positioning, angle, depth etc all changed radically. That's the same steam boiler, still single hole, same milk, same pitcher, just more power.

The things mentioned in this video makes me think it is definitely for the beginner, and they've likely got an entry-level single tip job. Showing the technique used on an Aurelia II is just misleading IMO.
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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 10:08am
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It helped me a bit, but Oscar with a lever instead of a knob works a bit like that machine... I think I have the same handle now.  Any, I think I was starting with my tip too low, it seems I have a bit more control starting up half way.

 
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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 8:05pm
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It made me realize I was positioning the steam arm too close to the side of the pitcher. Granted, every machine and pitcher is different, but since I watched this video, my microcosm is better than it's ever been.
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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 8:12pm
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Nice!  Getting much better results after watching that..

But what IS the proper amount?  I fill up to the bottom of the indentation for the spout, or approx 330-360g.
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 8:38am
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So far one of the best tutorial I have ever seen and the quality is awesome! Really like it!!
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Posted Wed Apr 10, 2013, 1:33pm
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Really well done video... we need to make one for the "home" machine.

Josh.
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Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013, 9:42pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

It is a good video. I kept wanting to straighten out his hat... I guess I have been watching too many Monk reruns.

Posted April 5, 2013 link

Haha. I really enjoy this guy (probably because I'm younger). He's responsive on the Verve Facebook page--name's Baca. I think he might have been behind Verve's 1&1: A split shot with one espresso and one macchiato as one menu item. I think that's pretty cool. I'd like to serve something like that on my menu if I open a cafe. I'd also like to have two or three grinders on duty and serve a sampling of origins. I think some places already do this. Not only would it be cool and fun, but talk about another way to bring some revenue, huh? I'm just interested the 1&1 is a macchiato considering the difficulty of steaming such a small amount of milk. A place here in town says they have to oversteam and waste unless they get another order at the same time for a milk drink. Hmm
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Posted Fri May 3, 2013, 11:50am
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I steam 3-4 oz of milk every day twice a day.  It is hard to do such small amounts with good micro foam and most places just waste the milk rather than change the way they do it. There is very small margin for error on such a tiny amount.  Like wasting a shot when they need a single rather than pulling a single because of the changes to grind/basket needed.  When I make 2 at the same time on the weekend I often mess up my foam because I am not used to doing 8oz any more.  I started out drinking much more milk than I do now.

I thought he was good, I just was kidding about his hat.

 
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