RVDave Senior Member Joined: 10 Oct 2012 Posts: 16 Location: Chicago Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Oct 25, 2012, 1:13pm Subject: Foam troubles
Been with my new machine for about a week now (Pasquini Livietta) and I still can't seem to steam a decent foam. What I typically end up with is bot milk on the bottom, and very airy, unpourable foam on top. I use a 20oz frothing pitcher, and the standard wand on the machine. The funny thing is I had used the aerolatte prior to the machine, which I can make great foam with. I've watched tons of videos online and feel I have okay technique. Is there anything I am doing wrong, or anything I can get to make my life easier?
RichardCoffee Senior Member Joined: 2 Dec 2010 Posts: 97 Location: Long Beach Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: gaggia baby twin, mini... Grinder: fiorenzato pietro 63mm,... Roaster: weber grill with rk drum
Posted Thu Oct 25, 2012, 1:37pm Subject: Re: Foam troubles
when i try to use the standard wand on my mini vivaldi with a 20 oz. pitcher, I often wind up with too much big bubble foam at the top. In my case, it's because my standard wand doesn't reach comfortably into the pitcher. I've decided to go back to the 12 oz. pitchers that work very well for me. I don't want that big a drink anyhow, I was just experimenting to see if the bigger pitcher would make latte art easier for me - it doesn't.
emradguy Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2011 Posts: 1,731 Location: Houston Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Izzo Alex Duetto II Grinder: MacapM4T, Macap M4, OE Lido,... Drip: Espro press; Aeropress Roaster: internet
Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 8:58am Subject: Re: Foam troubles
yeah, sounds like you're getting much too much air introduced into your milk. listen for little whispers, rather than enormous coarse sounds while you stretch. If people can hear you across the street (exaggerating) it's too much air. videos are good, the frothing guide is great (as Nobby recommended).
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