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    Best value/quality Milk Jug (300 or 500ml)

    Hi CS world!

    This is my first venture out into the world of home brewed coffee.... and I will be entering into it with a silvia/rocky setup (please, minimal heckling...). I was looking for some advice on a milk jug purchase that won't require a second mortgage but will still provide me some ease in frothing milk/attempting to learn latte art.....

    Any direction/advice appreciated!


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    Andy has some here on BeanBay: CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay - Cafelat Coffee Accessories - Cafelat Milk Jug 400ml

    Don't have one myself, so cannot comment on how good they are for latte Art

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    The 400ml Cafelat jug looks pretty good value for money Hawk.

    A smaller jug is better suited to the Silvia, its a good machine, however steaming anything over about 300ml is a bit of an ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawk87 View Post
    Hi CS world!

    This is my first venture out into the world of home brewed coffee.... and I will be entering into it with a silvia/rocky setup (please, minimal heckling...). I was looking for some advice on a milk jug purchase that won't require a second mortgage but will still provide me some ease in frothing milk/attempting to learn latte art.....

    Any direction/advice appreciated!

    Hi hawk87

    AFAIAC, 300ml jugs are a bit of a lottery. My experience - most of them are pretty poor with only a few exceptions. My favourite is an Avanti 300 ($15?), closely followed by the Incasa (which needs the lip to be formed before it will pour microfoam properly - $10??).

    Generally larger (500+ml) are a lot easier, and your technique can be altered to suit the jug. Just ensure it has a proper lip or it will not pour foam well.

    TampIt
    PS: as an "old Silvia owner" beyond 600ml is not a good idea for Miss S.

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    I asked my girlfriend for a fancy jug for Christmas. I should have been more specific as she came back with a cheapy from a kitchenware store. Alas, it's pretty good! The brand was Chef Inox. In the end its a stainless steel cup with a spout. As TampIt suggested make sure it has a nice rolled over spout otherwise it'll 'cut' through your milk.

    I usually use a 400mL for my gaggia, but I can just steam a 600mL (obviously only filled to the base of the spout) and generally get better results with it. I imagine the Silvia has a tiny bit more guts in the steam department so my bet would be for both a 400mL and 600mL Chef Inox or equivalent. Probably set you back $20-$30 for both. Those Cafelat jugs also look great though
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    Have a look at Barista Accessories Milk Frothing Jugs and Pitchers including Cafelat, Espro, Motta, Ilsa and Alessi | Coffee Parts
    The motta jugs are my favourite but they might be above your limit.

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    With my Mini Nova (long steam wand with flat base 2 hole tip) I use the milk jug that comes as standard with the Breville BES860. Good size and always pours consistently. The spout isn't rolled but still performs well.
    The handle is also only attached to one point on the jug and bends away at an angle. This makes feeling the pour a lot easier that what I noticed with conventional handles.

    Here is a link to it: Milk Frothing Jug | Breville

    At $28 (plus postage) it's a bit expensive so there's probably a better option but if you ever see one going cheap I'd suggest giving it a go.

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    I have a Motta milk jug 350ml, that I got from Europe which seem to be a lot cheaper over there.

    I went to the Coffee parts showroom and they have an awesome selection there, Barista Accessories Milk Frothing Jugs and Pitchers including Cafelat, Espro, Motta, Ilsa and Alessi | Coffee Parts

    I would recommend the Motta jug as its stainless steel and easy to pour with. Its slightly heavier than some of the others. I would recommend going to a showroom and picking a few up and see how it feels. Sounds sily but all depends on what you feel most comfortable with. I have a rancilio silvia and rocky grinder and it worked well with those machines.
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    I bought this elcheapo jug off evilbay last week and it was cheap. Thick stainless. Looks like a motta knockoff and guess what it has improved my microfoaming abilities. Has a really nice defined spout that allows me to get close as possible to the cup. I'm going to grab some larger ones too. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1430738786.859265.jpg
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    I've had good success with a Rattleware, i think it's ~350ml. I think Talk Coffee carry them too

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    I bought two Motta Europa jugs (250mL and 350mL) from a European catering supply store for about the cost of one here.

    I personally use my cheap Chef Inox 400mL more often (I think art is easier with it; the Motta spout is quite wide). IThe Motta is nice, but don't think I could jusify one at the local price personally.
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    I just got one of these basic barista kits from Big W. Includes a mini choc shaker, a great thermometer with a really big dial, and a 600ml milk jug. I've used these thermometers before and they're really good, but hadn't used this brand jug until now. I can honestly say it's the best 600ml I've used so far. The kit is only $25 so if you say $12 for the jug, $8 for the thermometer and $5 for the shaker that makes it pretty good value really. Definitely worth a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kopigeek View Post
    I bought this elcheapo jug off evilbay last week and it was cheap. Thick stainless. Looks like a motta knockoff and guess what it has improved my microfoaming abilities. Has a really nice defined spout that allows me to get close as possible to the cup. I'm going to grab some larger ones too. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1430738786.859265.jpg
    I like the look of that one kopigeek. I just had a look for them - is it the one from 'Newfrog'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    I like the look of that one kopigeek. I just had a look for them - is it the one from 'Newfrog'?
    I've sent you a pm mate with the eBay link from the seller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kopigeek View Post
    I've sent you a pm mate with the eBay link from the seller.
    Hey, cheers. Yeah I just checked them out. The ones I'd found look exactly the same but are different sizes. Similar price, but with free worldwide shipping out of China so I might give them a go and let you know what they're like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    Hey, cheers. Yeah I just checked them out. The ones I'd found look exactly the same but are different sizes. Similar price, but with free worldwide shipping out of China so I might give them a go and let you know what they're like.
    Let us know how you go. The ones I got arrived within 48hours after payment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPA View Post
    Alas, it's pretty good! The brand was Chef Inox. In the end its a stainless steel cup with a spout.
    Yeah, I use two 300ml (I think) Chef Inox jugs, I think my 600ml is Incasa, all work pretty well (though I very rarely use the 600ml).

    You won't get heckled here for a Silvia/Rocky combo, that's probably the most frequently recommended "intro" setup here

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    Quote Originally Posted by kopigeek View Post
    Let us know how you go. The ones I got arrived within 48hours after payment.
    This arrived yesterday. 10 days direct from China so that's not bad. It's solid, heavy and looks to be well made. I'll let everyone know how it goes.

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    Awesome.... Keep us posted....

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    This arrived yesterday. 10 days direct from China so that's not bad. It's solid, heavy and looks to be well made. I'll let everyone know how it goes.

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    Definitely a Motta copy. Looks just like mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    Definitely a Motta copy. Looks just like mine.
    Yeah Motta 'Europa' or something isn't it? Had a go this morning and it went ok. Bit of practice and it could be quite good. It's only 350ml so I might need a bigger one too. Here's this morning's average effort.

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    I imagine that 350 could be difficult.... My bro's Motta is super tough to use at that size... Milk flies out.... Might look into the 450....

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    Think the 350mL is tough? You should try the 250mL...

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    the one i got is 450ml, perfect for 2x lattes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    Think the 350mL is tough? You should try the 250mL...
    Steam duration .8 of a second?

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    250? Whaaat, ya don't earn ya stripes 'til you can do 150.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chokkidog View Post
    250? Whaaat, ya don't earn ya stripes 'til you can do 150.
    Nope: <50ml in a tea milk jug is a minimum for stripe earnage :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    Nope: <50ml in a tea milk jug is a minimum :P
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    250, 150, 50? Nah, 13.6ml.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    250, 150, 50? Nah, 13.6ml.

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    I'm sure the feeble steam ability of the cimbali would make steaming in that thimble easy!

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    I'm sure the feeble steam ability of the cimbali would make steaming in that thimble easy!

    Cheers
    Yeah, having the 4-hole tip helps some too.


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    It seems this little 350ml Motta copy is best used for small amounts of milk. The sweet spot is probably about 160ml.

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    Hmmm so the 450ml copy may be the go.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawk87 View Post
    Hmmm so the 450ml copy may be the go.....
    Yeah I'd say so. I might grab one I think.

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    Could someone pm me the link to the motta copy jug please?

    Thanks.

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    I have been through many jugs purchased in Oz and Italy but have settled now on a Latte Pro with the built in temperature gauge - no more thermometers to strategically position - out with the poncie Alessi in with Latte Pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjsbacon View Post
    I have been through many jugs purchased in Oz and Italy but have settled now on a Latte Pro with the built in temperature gauge - no more thermometers to strategically position - out with the poncie Alessi in with Latte Pro.
    Or just place a temp tag on a jug?
    The latte pro does look nice though.

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    Hi Kopigeek, can you plse send me the ebay link for the milk jug that you bought? Your pic here: Best value/quality Milk Jug (300 or 500ml)

    Cheers.

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    Any follow up reviews on the Motta-like knock off jugs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by matth3wh View Post
    Any follow up reviews on the Motta-like knock off jugs?
    The two I tried were really well made. Nice heavy stainless and well finished. I found the small one (350ml I think) too small. The top is obviously quite narrow and I found it hard to work with on a domestic machine, especially when I use a thermometer most of the time. The 450/500 size was better, and it'd be my recommendation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kopigeek View Post
    I've sent you a pm mate with the eBay link from the seller.
    Hi can you send me the link from eBay to thanks
    They sound great

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    I'm also interested in the eBay link, thanks

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    Best value/quality Milk Jug (300 or 500ml)

    Go to the Bay and then search for the Motta jugs. I'm sure the ones shipped from china will be the cheap ones you want.

    Apart from the Motta genuine or knock offs I quite like the Barista ProGear jugs.

    Great value ($10-$15), plus good spout for latte art and also has measurements up the side.

    Worth having 12 oz and 20 oz jugs. The larger is enough for two flat whites. The smaller enough for one coffee or two piccolos.

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    Best value/quality Milk Jug (300 or 500ml)

    Quote Originally Posted by matthewp View Post
    i'm also interested in the ebay link, thanks
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