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Stovetop Milk Steamers - Ardy Hagen's Review
Posted: September 13, 2007, 8:57pm
review rating: 2.5
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Name Ranking
Jerry Kalpin 9.00
Patrick John 7.00
Ardy Hagen 2.50
Allan Crockart 0.00
Steve Borcherdt 0.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.2
Product Reviewed: Stovetop steamer
Manufacturer: Varies Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $25.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Used somewhere Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 3 years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Can give you the flexibility of a double boiler machine withour the expense
Positive Product Points

Provides a good alternative for immediatly steaming milk.  You can have the functionality of a double boiler machine without the expense

Negative Product Points

You cannot just leave this on the stove as the water will boil away over 15-30 minutes. I use a gas stove and am not sur if it will work so nicely on electric... it may but I have no experience.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this unit used some long time ago. I just thought it would be interesting to have it.

Eventually, I settled into making cappuccinos for myself and my wife. Since I have a single boiler machine, there is a wait as the machine heats up to steaming temperature. I did not like that wait and so I started using this stove top steamer that I had sitting around.

Now I use this exclusively to steam milk. This arrangement lets me steam immediately after making the espresso... sometimes even while I am pulling the final shot.

Another thing that prompted me to begin using this arrangement was that I once took apart my old Gaggia. I was really shocked to see how  much mineral build up there was in the boiler. I figured that I could reduce the tendency for build up by using this stove top steamer. And in fact, I noticed mineral build up in the steamer as well,  Of course this was much easier to remove than build up in the machine boiler.

Of course, eventually, I installed an in-line waterde-mineralizer. But I am never sure if maybe they stop working before I recharged it with the salt bath.  Now, I use reverse osmosis water, so the mineral content is not an issue.

But still, I like having immediate access to steaming, so I continue to use this unit.

Note-- the unit I have is different from the picture that you see. Mine is an older unit that is full chromed steel with a knob valve for the steam wand.  I am not sure how these units pictured work... but I assume they work as well.

Buying Experience

I bought it used

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