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Thread: Milk jug recommendations

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    Milk jug recommendations

    Hi All,
    Iíve been using a 500 ml jug to froth milk with my Via Venezia (with Breville ES800 steam wand). I only want to use a little milk for one latte and donít like wastage if I can avoid it, so I think I need to look at something smaller like a 300 ml jug. Iíd like to get more into the fun of coffee art.
    There seem to be a lot of options out there and much variation in price for what seems to be premiums for brand and aesthetics. Is there really that much difference between a $15 jug and a $50 jug if they have similar characteristics - shape, spout, etc? If so, can someone recommend a good brand.
    Thanks,
    Paul

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    Many thanks Paul - I think I'll give that a go.

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    If they're the same shape, spout and material then of course a different logo won't make much difference... but the reality is the more expensive jugs tend to have a much better shape for texturing and pouring. I could speculate that it's simpler or cheaper to manufacture a simple slightly conical jug with triangular spout than the more rounded shapes... but that's just a guess.

    I have a 300ml Cafelat jug from Beanbay; the difference between it and the 500ml jug that came with my Sunbeam and a small jug I bought from a kitchen shop is night and day. Aside from the different shape, it uses a much heavier gauge and higher quality metal, and has a much better finish. I can't say it's made me a latte art champion, but it's certainly a joy to use and I can no longer blame my tools

    I also tend to waste less milk as I can texture a smaller amount without blasting it out of the jug, but that's likely mostly due to dialing down the steam pressure on my ECM a touch.

    The Tiamo is a similar shape, and I've also drooled over them as I reckon the matt black finish would look pretty awesome with the black frame on my Synchronika; don't reckon you'd go wrong with either option.
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    have a look at the cafelat 400ml jug; i switched to this and its way better than the standard design.

    Also, i measure the sweet spot of milk and its actually 250 ml not sure why its rated at 400ml.

    They are usually on this website in bean bay but currently offline. also available elsewhere.

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    I use one of these Metallurgica Motta Europa Milk Jug | Talk Coffee 350 ML, great little jug, perfect milk each and every time.

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    Cool - thanks guys!

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    Be aware that there's lots of other factors that go together to create good milk and good latte art, so don't be disappointed if the new jug doesn't work any magic. In saying that it definitely helps. My current favourite is actually a 400ml Sunbeam jug. I've had 4 of them in the past and each one has been slightly different. Most don't have enough of a spout, but this one has a nice pointy, defined spout. I also have a Tiamo 300ml Teflon jug which is awesome. The Cafelat ones are great but I've only used the 600ml, not the 400ml. I've tried a couple of the Motta Europa style and haven't really liked them with my machine as they seem to work better if you've got a nice long steam wand and lots of steam power, neither of which I've got. Give a few different ones a go if you can, but the Cafelat would be a good place to start.
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    Similarly anyone want to expand recommendations on 600mL jugs? I generally do two lattes every morning. I have the Cafelat 600mL and it has such a wide spout that it tends to pour back like a cheap chinese teapot if you under pour, and if you try pouring more it comes out the sides of the spout.

    Currently on a cheap 'Chef' brand that i picked up at a homewares store, that has a similar spout to the Metallurgica above, its ok but quite annoying nonetheless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I use one of these Metallurgica Motta Europa Milk Jug | Talk Coffee 350 ML, great little jug, perfect milk each and every time.

    My favourite too :-) Nice to use, the shape works well and it is made of nice thick stainless steel.

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    Matt

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    Another vote for the Motta 350ml jug. I keep it in the freezer. Thick, heavy stainless steel get really cold and gives you ample time to texture the milk.

    Cheers,

    Sam
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    I had a laugh. Any recommendations on a 2L jug? When you have 10 hot chochoes lined up a 350ml jug just won't cut it ...

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    I just picked up a Rocket 550 ml jug and very impressed with the feel look and quality.
    They make a 350 ml version that i`m also thinking of investing in.

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    I have a standard 400ml Trenton $12 and it's worked great. I just bought a smaller 200ml version from aliexpress for piccolos

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    I've just picked up a Rhinowares Professional 600 ml jug with interior volume markings. Very useful. I suck at latte art, whatever the brand of jug, so can't comment on that aspect of its utility!

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    Hi Scharvey, may I know where did you get your milk jug from? I'm looking for a good quality jug with volume markings but not too expensive Thank you.

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    I'm looking at purchasing a espro toroid pitcher or a bell pitcher type. Any advice would help.
    Just wanting to produce some good latte art on a rocket Evo V2

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    A big fan of the Espro toroid I noticed a big improvement when I moved from a jug which came with my first sunbeam espresso machine to the Espro toroid. I struggled to tame full power on my vbm domobar super for small amounts of milk ... I even had toothpicks jammed in 2 of the 4 the steam points, until I used the Espro toroid.
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    The cafelat jugs available in Beanbay are terrific - I use mine daily despite having some much more expensive jugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    The cafelat jugs available in Beanbay are terrific - I use mine daily despite having some much more expensive jugs.
    +1 to that. They're great jugs. I'd recommend the smaller one for most domestic applications. I think it's called a 400ml. The 600ml is just a bit big.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    The cafelat jugs available in Beanbay are terrific - I use mine daily despite having some much more expensive jugs.
    Where in Beanbay? I can't find it anywhere!
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    They are off-line for stocktake and should appear in the new financial year (ie: a few weeks).
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    Thought I was going crazy for a minute there! 😅
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    Oh, OK. I'll look again in a couple of weeks.

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    Hi Paul

    I always use Rhinoware Jugs which are thick, heavy and brilliantly priced. You can get them for around $17 for a 360ml jug which is perfect for a mug or large cup and add a bit less for a standard cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgseye View Post
    Hi All,
    Iíve been using a 500 ml jug to froth milk with my Via Venezia (with Breville ES800 steam wand). I only want to use a little milk for one latte and donít like wastage if I can avoid it, so I think I need to look at something smaller like a 300 ml jug. Iíd like to get more into the fun of coffee art.
    There seem to be a lot of options out there and much variation in price for what seems to be premiums for brand and aesthetics. Is there really that much difference between a $15 jug and a $50 jug if they have similar characteristics - shape, spout, etc? If so, can someone recommend a good brand.
    Thanks,
    Paul
    Paul. We used a big jug at home but we pour into a smaller jug for our milk coffee. It's easier for us to froth as the smaller jug is hard to control. We don't waste the milk though but instead add on fresh milk for the next latte or cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sullyasari View Post
    Paul. We used a big jug at home but we pour into a smaller jug for our milk coffee. It's easier for us to froth as the smaller jug is hard to control. We don't waste the milk though but instead add on fresh milk for the next latte or cap.
    Do you mean you add it to fresh milk and texture it again? You shouldn't do that...

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    Do you mean you add it to fresh milk and texture it again? Or just top up and use it without steaming again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    The cafelat jugs available in Beanbay are terrific - I use mine daily despite having some much more expensive jugs.
    +1 love these jugs
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