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Posted Tue Dec 17, 2013, 12:18am
Subject: Most inexpensive way to make good foam for latte art?
 

I don't really have much money to spend on a machine right now, I mostly use French press, perculator, chemex and am about to order am aeropress. Is there any inexpensive way to make good foam for latte art. If I had to I'd consider a used machine sub $250
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Posted Tue Dec 17, 2013, 8:10am
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I think the least expensive is a battery powered handheld mini whisk.  If you go to some kitchen store where they sell the Nespresso stuff, look at the tiny whisk inside of the Aerocino (which isn't too bad, btw - but you can't pour art with their foam).  There's a handheld electric whisk that has that same tip.  I think it's made by Bodum...and most assuredly will be far less than $100 (price of the Aerocino last I looked).  I own one, but have never used it - so I don't really know if it'll do exactly what you want. Someone included it as an accessory when I bought my previously owned MyPressi Twist, so it just sits in a drawer.

 
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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 1:25pm
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thrift store or garage sale get a used steam powered krupps espresso maker and take the plastic tip off.  real microfoam.

 
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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 2:10pm
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I'm by no means an expert but based on my own struggle, it's not just about getting the microfoam right, you will also need to get the crema right if you want to be able to achieve the alternating white (milk) and brown (crema) colours. You will be able to get a foamy latte, but I'm not sure about the art, if you're just using coffee instead of true espresso. Anyways I haven't been able to do it without good crema as the base but perhaps it is possible. Maybe someone with more experience can chime in?
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Posted Thu Dec 19, 2013, 12:44am
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I work as a barista with a rancilio at work. I do have a cheap old mr. coffee espresso machine in the basement, but its a piece of junk. I figured there had to be a way I could practice at home for cheap. I guess I'll just start saving for a decent machine.
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Posted Wed Jan 8, 2014, 1:24am
Subject: Re: Most inexpensive way to make good foam for latte art?
 

emradguy Said:

I think the least expensive is a battery powered handheld mini whisk.  If you go to some kitchen store where they sell the Nespresso stuff, look at the tiny whisk inside of the Aerocino (which isn't too bad, btw - but you can't pour art with their foam).  There's a handheld electric whisk that has that same tip.  I think it's made by Bodum...and most assuredly will be far less than $100 (price of the Aerocino last I looked).  I own one, but have never used it - so I don't really know if it'll do exactly what you want. Someone included it as an accessory when I bought my previously owned MyPressi Twist, so it just sits in a drawer.

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Yup. ..   idea sells one for $5. I got a couple similar ones from a 99 cent store.   They all work on two AA batteries.  The smaller/thinner the whisk wire gauge the better, since they're lighter and spin faster.

Once you have the technique down (which is very easy to learn) you can make superb micro-foam.  I find it easier and more controlled to do than a traditional steam wand.

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Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 6:26pm
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Im not good for latte art but I learned from reading that you can do professional latte art even without espresso machine, without stainless steel pitcher or without espresso shot. Just use on-stove espresso maker, pitcher, coffee grinder, milk frother stick, and coffee beans of course.

What you need is to heat the milk using microwave. Frothing can be done by putting the half of the heated milk in the pitcher. Put inside the pitcher your frother. Make on the frother for about 5 seconds until the bubbles start disappearing. After creating a microfoam, you can pour the frothed milk in your espresso shot by just using on-stove espresso maker.

 
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