I have a Saeco Aroma and I haven't succeeded to create any quality micro-foam with it... Close to, but I always end up with too big bubbles, and too much hot milk in the bottom, and never really microfoam. I've tried all recommendations I could find on that machine on CG, some helped, but I didn't quite get there.
Now, I saw some places where they sell milk-frothing equipment that looks ... like a french press.
So, because I'm curious, and because I like experimenting (and honestly, because I have a bodum french press), I decided to try it.
- I filled 1/4 of the bodom with cold milk - I heat the milk in the microwave - I used the french press top to go down and up a couple of time, until the milk volume doubled.
It doesn't quite taste like the real thing (due to a lack of chemical reaction caused by steam or was it because it's different milk?), but the texture was spot on.
(And weirdly, I tried again with cold milk, and again, right texture - like microfoam. BTW this was an excellent toping for an espresso poured over ice.)
Really, where I'm going is, do anyone uses this "technique" or some similar tool? Is there a real huge difference in taste? As I said, I cannot compare first hand because I can't froth properly with the Aroma.
Is this some sacrilege that I'm performing?
P.S. Still looking for a reasonable priced steamwand for my saeco aroma, I don't want to give up!
Do whatever it takes to get the job done. I have seen but not used the Bodum frother. I seem to remember that the holes were a little larger and that it did not fit quite so tight into the glass but I see no reason that you could not get similar results with a FP.
The boiler on the Aroma is a bit small so I am not suprised that you are having issues. The Aroma can do pretty well on espresso but depending on the size of your milk, it may be a bit short on steam.
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I personally use a Aeroccino to froth milk. They're kinda pricey at $100, but they get the job done in 2-3 minutes and make pretty good foam, and they can run hot or cold which is nice if you're making a iced cappuccino or iced latte. Capresso has a milk frother too that does a decent job, but it's cheaper and plastic.
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