AmirPhoto Junior Member Joined: 26 Feb 2014 Posts: 3 Location: Tehran Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Nespresso U-Milk Drip: Princess
Posted Wed Feb 26, 2014, 1:37pm Subject: Re: Please read before you post New Machine buying question.
Hi there, I have read some pages here and not found my answer here.
I managed to buy some U-Milk Nespresso machine. it gives me nice espressos, but the frother is unable to give a real microfoam for latte (as you already know it gives a decent foam for Cappucinos instead). I decided to buy some espresso machine, my first goal is to froth milk frequently and pull some shots espressos each time I had time to do this. My facts: - we drink two or three shots a day of Nespresso Espresso - I Love my Moka pot coffee very much and manage to have a coffee twice or three times a week - I drink much less frequently drip coffee - My next step after Espresso machine would be a Gaggia MDF for my espressos and moka pot. - Alas, I can only manage to buy $200-$300 machines which are - as my knowledge let me - thermoblock driven with pressurized portafilters. - since my first goal is frothing milk and less frequently pull a shot of espresso, its too confusing to choose between low end machines when your goal is steaming at the first place. - I don't like stove-top steamers - I won't buy steam espresso makers just because they are good at steaming.
I apologize if I rushed into this topic.
I'm not a Native English writer, so please forgive me if I did wrong on describing something.
weebit_nutty Senior Member Joined: 26 Sep 2013 Posts: 212 Location: Los Angeles Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Mon Mar 3, 2014, 4:54am Subject: Re: Please read before you post New Machine buying question.
Microfoam is possible with a frothing wand.. I suggest you give yourself a chance to learn the proper technique before taking a big leap to a machine just for milk frothing, given you seem to be quite happy with the Nespresso espresso. I drink Nespresso from time to time, and in fact I started my espresso journey on it, making mostly lattes. I, too,, was not impressed by Nespresso's frothing performance.. They make fluffy foam for cappas but not microfoam needed for creamy, delicious lattes. I opted to buy a bellman stovetop steamer but abandoned it because it was simply too much work.
Subsequently, I discovered the wonders of milk frothing with cheap frothing wand. With the correct technique, it is capable of producing wonderful microfoam. The nice thing about it compared to a machine is 5hat it costs less than $5, it's portable so you can use it at work, and it is ready to use instantly.
Anyway, here's a video I made to demonstrate making microfoam milk with a frothing wand to make a Nespresso latte.
The beauty of frothing wands is that you can control, quite easily, how much rich or light your foam will be without continuing to heat your milk like you would on a traditional steam wand. You have all the time you need.
Technique: 1) Heat your milk in the microwave in a Pyrex pitcher. Suggestion-- heat 2/3 cup of milk at full power for 1:15s in a 1000W microwave. your milk will be very hot but you want it hot because the milk will cool as you froth your milk. Frothing will take you anywhere between 15-25 seconds so by the time you're done, the milk will have cooled to optimal drinking temperature of 140degreesF.
2) If you want to do latte art, pour your milk into a frothing pitcher. Otherwise, you can froth the milk right out of the Pyrex pitcher.
3) Insert frothing wand at angle with the head right in the center of the pitcher, near the bottom. Turn on the wand. As soon as the whirlpool appears, air will start pulling into the milk causing bubbles. Keep the wand in the center for about 2 seconds after the whirlpool appears.
4) Keeping the wand at an angle, move the wand away from the center enough that the whirlpool goes away to stop air from being pulled into the milk. As the milk continues to circulate in the pitcher, the spinning head breaks the bubbles smaller and smaller. If there are bubbles on the surface, raise the wand just enough to where the bubbles start getting pulled into the milk.. once they are all in, you can lower the wand again. Stop once the milk achieves that rich, paint-like consistency.
If you want it more creamy, you can add a bit more air, and froth longer.. If you want it to be the thin, paint-like consistency for doing latte art, don't add so much air. Keep in mind how long you need to froth depends also on your battery.. There is no standard time. You have to watch the consistency and stop where you want. New batteries will get you there sooner. Old batteries may not get you there at all.
Here is a video that demonstrates this technique precisely:
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