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    What type of equipment for milk coffees?

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    Hi guys,

    looking for some advice on what type of equipment to get for milk based coffee from a manual brewing process. Looking for a coffee similar to a long black with a bit of milk. Please don't mention an espresso machine. also any suggestions for an inexpensive grinder will be appreciated

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    I think there's a smart grinder on here for not much money...

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    Are you asking for the whole set of equipment, or just the bits necessary to prepare milk? I start the day with a drink similar to that described by you. I use an Aeropress to make the coffee, and simply microwave the appropriate amount of milk (sacrilege I know). Once you work out how to avoid burning the milk, this produces a great clean drink that I cannot distinguish from one prepared with milk warmed on the hob. I also own a Bellman stove top milk steamer, which steams milk very nicely, but I only use that when away from home and using my Baachi espresso machine.

    A Porlex mini hand grinder works well with the above set ups (and fits inside the Aeropress....handy for travel) and will set you back <$70 I think.

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    I am only a novice in the DIY coffee field, but I bought an aeropress from Andy at Bean Bay last Monday and have been loving it. It's so easy to use and clean, and the coffee has so much flavour. I use a milk warmer/frother thing from Aldi. It was only $25 and turns itself off when the milk is warm so no burnt milk anymore. I did buy a little Porlex hand grinder (about $65 online) but after using it the first time I realised that I need something faster and easier (should have listened to Andy I had a laugh) so by the end of the week I had a Breville Smart Grinder ($228 from the Good Guys) on the bench too. My setup is very very basic, and there's plenty of room for upgrading, but I am so chuffed by the quality of coffee I can make myself. I just wish I had have discovered the aeropress sooner- I would have saved a fortune on takeaway coffees!

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    Yes, was in the same boat for a while
    Aeropress + hario grinder, found a cheap popcorn maker to roast coffee and decided to get a smart grinder to save my rotator cuff. I found over time I don't drink coffee with milk any more as good long blacks are more flavoursome.

    Espresso machine is a stretch as I'm the only one who drinks at home so I've decided with a rok presso which is getting delivered this week... I'm hoping to get a little of the crema action that the Aeropress doesn't have...

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    Thanks for the replies. Yep, looking at getting all equipment needed. Are the cheap hand grinders really time consuming? Also any ideas on the milk heating part? This is actually going to be a gift for someone, so not sure if they have the time to manually heat milk over the stove in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangemango View Post
    Thanks for the replies. Yep, looking at getting all equipment needed. Are the cheap hand grinders really time consuming? Also any ideas on the milk heating part? This is actually going to be a gift for someone, so not sure if they have the time to manually heat milk over the stove in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orangemango View Post
    Thanks for the replies. Yep, looking at getting all equipment needed. Are the cheap hand grinders really time consuming? Also any ideas on the milk heating part? This is actually going to be a gift for someone, so not sure if they have the time to manually heat milk over the stove in the morning.
    As per my original reply, it is possible to microwave the milk...you just have to err on the side of under-heating it. If you preheat the Aeropress (by letting boiling water sit in it for a little while, then use this same water to preheat your coffee cup, you shouldn't have any problem (and you may not actually need to warm the milk at all if you don't use a lot). If they don't have time to heat milk on the stove, I can't imagine what else they could do that would take less time than that (given that you ruled out the use of an espresso machine).

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    Microwave will be quickest without, y'know, something designed to heat/texture milk; shake it in a jar/bottle or froth it with a french press if you want foam.

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    My hand grinder works well attached to my cordless drill.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    How about one of cheap Dolce Gusto coffee makers? They use coffee capsules and milk capsules for automatic milk frothing. There is one now on eBay for around $50. eBay link removed per site posting policy
    Last edited by Javaphile; 2nd August 2014 at 03:07 PM. Reason: eBay link(s) removed



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