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alexanderff
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Posted Thu May 21, 2009, 6:43pm
Subject: Which type/brand stovetop steamer does microfoam?
 

Hi.

Since my machine can't do a good microfoam (velvet consistence),

and since I want to try latte art at my home...

Which type/brand stovetop steamer do you recommend?

I really want to start practicing latte art and I don't have money - now - to buy a better machine.

What about the steamer below?

Click Here (www.kaboodle.com)

Does someone have something that fits in my expectations?

Could you suggest some stores (almost of stores doesn't ship to Brazil)?

's
Alexander
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Posted Thu May 21, 2009, 7:26pm
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Hey,

I'm not entirely sure that this brand can do microfoam, although my guess is that it would be capable. I found an old bialetti stovetop steamer at Salvation Army for about $4 and it can certainly do microfoam. I've also used a Benjamin & Medwin stovetop espresso machine/steamer and it too can do microfoam, although this requires a bit more practice.

Here's a few pointers:
Get the steam pressure going almost as high as you can. This will help with incorporating the foam into the milk.
Use a small pitcher... either a 10 or 12 oz. This will help compensate for less steam pressure.
Don't be too aggressive with the foam..

And yes, you can certainly do latte art with a stovetop setup. It's a good, cheap way to learn the basics of steaming milk... with a little bit of latte art .

Ben
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alexanderff
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Posted Fri May 22, 2009, 5:02am
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Ok, thank you for the answer.

Does someone (maybe you) want to sell an one (even used)?

Of course the payment have to be PayPal.

s
Alexander
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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2013, 10:39am
Subject: Re: Which type/brand steamer does microfoam?
 

Sorry to raise this thread from the dead, but while I'm not prepared to dive into Espresso devices yet, I do love me an Aeropress Café au Lait.

I'm looking for a simple steamer and was considering the Bellman, but there was a comment that the steam was too wet or dry (I can't recall now)?

Any suggestions on a simple solution small device to make good microfoam?

*** Edited to add ***
Stumbled across this video.  I know it's sacrilege on many levels, but for $15 I'm thinking I'll give that sucker a try.
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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2013, 1:56pm
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Used steam toy espresso maker $5 on craigslist. Krupps or other brands.

 
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Posted Thu Apr 11, 2013, 2:16pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

Used steam toy espresso maker $5 on craigslist. Krupps or other brands.

Posted April 11, 2013 link

I'm guessing you mean something like a Krups Bravo?  Besides the negatives a tiny boiler bring, I also am looking for wife approval on this.  If I'm 'going getto' setting up a ugly half used mini espresso machine on the counter that will only be used to steam milk may not fly as well as a whisk wand that I can put in a drawer.

On the other hand if there's a nice full use stainless steamer that can be cupboarded I'd be willing to spend some more dough.  That's why I was thinking of the Bellman.

Anyone weigh in on the Capresso FrothXpress?
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