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  • Absolutely ZIP froth on Lelit Combi

    OK, Im ready to cry here, I just got my Lelit Combi, so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!! Then my world crumbled down..... I followed the EXACT instructions first with skim milk and then with full cream just in case I was doing it wrong, even put the jug into the freezer the second time to get colder and there is NO froth whatsoever. This comes with instructions that I dont need a froth enhancer part as the froth is soooooo good. So why on earth is mine non-existent? I gave my hubby his first cappuccino with it and he was like, wheres the froth? well, this time its a flat white

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    Re: Absolutely ZIP froth on Lelit Combi

    You need to get air into the milk when texturing. By having the tip of the steam wand just under the surface of the milk, you can create a "whirlpool" with the steams pressure. This should create a slight "sucking" sound as the vortex sucks air into the milk. Practice creating the whirlpool with a jug of water, so you get used to what youre doing without wasting milk.

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    • #3
      Re: Absolutely ZIP froth on Lelit Combi

      Now theres an idea! My kids are happily in the kitchen drinking mugs of steaming hot milk! I just phoned Alan Frew and he suggested keep it in the middle but it still didnt help, no more froth! However, I added the froth enhancer and this made humungous bubbles which once you finish still means not much froth as they all burst, Ill try the water before my kids tummies explode! Thanks.

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      • #4
        Re: Absolutely ZIP froth on Lelit Combi

        Hi again Kat
        It’s all down to technique and practice
        It’s always easier to use a small jug like 300ml X 1/3 of milk

        How many holes does your tip have?? As that may determine the best technique


        KK

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        • #5
          Re: Absolutely ZIP froth on Lelit Combi

          Okey dokey, I now have some froth! Just made hubby a real dinkum cappaccino with froth, however, not good enough froth to do any Latte art but... all in good time, Im just so excited that I made froth! Not using the froth enhancer either, I just did that to see if I would actually get any.
          My tip... I assume you mean the end of the wand. Its got one.
          Just filled my jug with water, it takes just under 700ml, I did about 1/3 and it was enough for one cup. Still only about 3/4cm say of froth on top though.
          300 ml is a pretty small jug!

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          • #6
            Re: Absolutely ZIP froth on Lelit Combi

            Kat I find I use my 300ml jugs more often than my 600ml.

            I fill to the bottom of the spout  (or a smidge under).
            Thats about 150ml and stretched then poured into my coffee works out just right for one cup.

            And like WotB said, "You need to get air into the milk".
            The sucking sound he mentioned is a "ch, ch, ch" noise.

            Dont woryy about the whirlpool so much at this stage.
            Get used to getting the air in first then you can refine your technique later.

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            • #7
              Re: Absolutely ZIP froth on Lelit Combi

              Yep
              I also have a similar routine as TG above
              300 ml jug is all you need
              Plunge the tip aprox 5 millimetres under the surface

              Just one more thing Kat make sure you purge the steam wand to remove any water and not introduce water into the milk

              That way the steam can do its job

              KK

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              • #8
                Re: Absolutely ZIP froth on Lelit Combi

                All good advice.....

                Another and probably easier way to sort it out though, is to head down to Venezianos/First Pour and ask one of their excellent baristi to show you what is involved on one of their machines. The Lelit will be somewhat slower (not a bad thing when youre first starting off) but the technique required is much the same.

                You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words; well, a demo by someone who knows what theyre doing is worth a thousand pictures.... 8-)

                Cheers,
                Mal.

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                • #9
                  Re: Absolutely ZIP froth on Lelit Combi

                  Gday Kat,
                  I agree with Koffee Kosmo. I start with the top of the tip just under the top of the milk pointing around the edge until the whirlpool starts. Then I lower the jug until the tip breaks the surface, this will start big bubbles but dont panic just get the tip back under the surface so the big bubbles stop. Keep the tip pointing around the edge and it should work. Also you are better making milk for one cup at a time in a small jug until you get the hang of it.

                  Good luck,
                  Thomas

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                  • #10
                    Re: Absolutely ZIP froth on Lelit Combi

                    Scottie Calaghan has just released a video on how to texture milk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNJXJ_toW6c. This should give you a fair idea on the basics. Note that he is using a multi- hole tip (cant remember if it is 2 or four) And that on the Lelit it will take considerably longer

                    Martial Monkey

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