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    Suggestions for low power lattes

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    I spend a bit of time at a second residence which has a very small off grid solar set-up. I need to be able to make a couple of good strong latte's each morning but with very limited electricity to draw from.

    I purchased 'The Little Guy' expecting to be able to get a decent result on my LPG cooktop but have been less than impressed. I can get a good single cup out of it using the induction cooktop at my normal residence - but getting 2 decent lattes out of it on the gas cooktop eludes me and tends to make me late out the door!

    Am I better off with a Bellman CX25P to get 2 cups? Or would just a milk steamer like the Bellman 50SS and one of the manual espresso maker be better option?

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    Are you using the same grinder at your 2nd residence as your normal residence?

    Also this from the FAQs

    What is your heat source? The Little Guy requires an even temperature to create heat over the entire base, which is vital to producing good back pressure for your steaming your milk. If you are using a gas stovetop as your heat source, please refer to our Hints & Tips video.

    Is your grind too coarse? If your extraction is running too quickly this indicates that there is not enough resistance in the basket, which is the result of a too course grind. A 'Commercial' grind works best with The Little Guy.

    Why don't I have crema like in the online videos?
    "Again, heat source combined with grind and dosing technique when loading your basket with coffee affects your crema. Refer to our extraction video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    Are you using the same grinder at your 2nd residence as your normal residence?

    Also this from the FAQs
    I have a manual grinder at the 2nd residence, but have tried with ground beans from both grinders. My grind is not too course, the main issue I have is it takes for ever to get up to extraction pressure and then I dont get enough extraction before it starts to sputter and over extract. I think it is to do with the gas cooktop. That hints video mentions that gas is not ideal and the burner should be no wider than 2cm - this rules out my domestic gas stove top unfortunately. Most of the heat from the wider burner goes up the sides of the device, not where its needed.

    I'm thinking a Flair lever press and a stove top steamer would be a better combination.

    I like the Little Guy and works well on the induction cooktop but its just not doing it for me on gas.

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    Aeropress or delter with your manual grinder? Then either pan warm your milk for flat white, or the stovetop steamer as you suggested.

    In continually impressed with my aeropress (if the water is good) when away at work. If my work colleague has milk in his coffee, I just microwave the milk for his cuppa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaseH View Post
    I have a manual grinder at the 2nd residence, but have tried with ground beans from both grinders. My grind is not too course, the main issue I have is it takes for ever to get up to extraction pressure and then I dont get enough extraction before it starts to sputter and over extract. I think it is to do with the gas cooktop. That hints video mentions that gas is not ideal and the burner should be no wider than 2cm - this rules out my domestic gas stove top unfortunately. Most of the heat from the wider burner goes up the sides of the device, not where its needed.

    I'm thinking a Flair lever press and a stove top steamer would be a better combination.

    I like the Little Guy and works well on the induction cooktop but its just not doing it for me on gas.
    There's an advice line on the Little Guy website where you can ring or email. They might offer some help/advice.

    You may have similar pressure problems on a Bellman but I don't know as I've never used one. I use a La Sorrentina Atomic (occasionally) on my gas cooktop. I fill the reservoir with hot water rather than cold. This has the advantage of reducing the time to build up pressure as well as not allowing the grouphead to get too hot.

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    Yeah Iíve heard that The Little Guy doesnít really work on gas. Itís possible, but sounds like in your situation itís not going to work. A Bellman steamer will work better and will heat up quickly if filled with water thatís already been boiled. You could get yourself the full Bellman (CX25P) as it can be used as just a steamer if you like. It doesnít produce true espresso, but you might be happy enough with it. If not a manual espresso maker is definitely another option.



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