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Fitty
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Posted Sun Feb 23, 2014, 4:22pm
Subject: Steamed milk - why does it settle and look like crap? Please advise.
 

Hi everyone, new here just trying to work out why when i am steaming PURA milk (and doing it perfectly) the coffee head comes out smooth and creamy/silky at first, but then after 20 seconds have passed or so it starts to settle and deteriorate into a bubbly, chemically-looking, crater foam that looks terrible. I've tried different approaches, I don't believe it's my technique and have been doing this for years successfully, am wondering if this is specific to the brand of milk, batches of milk perhaps and the chemical processing/make-up, or maybe the equipment I am using. It is absolutely counter-productive and heart-breaking to see your beautiful coffees turn into cups of horror before your eyes, any help appreciated.
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Posted Mon Feb 24, 2014, 12:14am
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If you can make  video of your work, people can try to see the problem.

 
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Posted Mon Feb 24, 2014, 4:41am
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"I don't believe it's my technique and have been doing this for years successfully, am wondering if this is specific to the brand of milk."

Are you asking for us to confirm for you that it's the milk's fault?  <shrug>   Seems you've already answered your own question.  :/
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Posted Mon Feb 24, 2014, 12:29pm
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I will try and get some kind of video together good advice.

Nutty - No. I was asking for some kind of technical advice or detailed information and explanation on this issue. But thank you. This is a coffee geek forum.
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Posted Mon Feb 24, 2014, 1:50pm
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Change brands, Pura is reliably poor for foaming purposes. Try one of the organic types.

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Posted Mon Feb 24, 2014, 1:57pm
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Thanks Alan Frew, have you tried and experimented with different brands? I have tried Jonesys (however you spell that) and found it not as creamy and harder to foam? Thoughts? So weird that the wilk has this bubbly, chemically-detergent-looking thing going on.
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Posted Mon Feb 24, 2014, 7:09pm
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Fitty Said:

I will try and get some kind of video together good advice.

Nutty - No. I was asking for some kind of technical advice or detailed information and explanation on this issue. But thank you. This is a coffee geek forum.

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so did you try a different milk?
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