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  • Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

    Steaming milk with Levetta is quick and easy but Im not really achieving a whirlpool type effect with the double holed wand fitting. Im wondering what the optimum milk jug/steam wand placement is for getting the most out of the machine? I currently hold the jug level, with the steam wand resting near jugs pour spout as I move the jug down during steaming. It creates quite a bit of "turbulance" but perhaps theres room for improvement? Suggestions?

    PS. I initially position the section of steam wand piping, before the 100 or so degree bend, horizontal which results in the end of the wand being at a slight angle as it rests in the milk jug.

  • #2
    Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

    Hi Buschy,

    There was a post about the levetta under Froth & Bubbles not long ago. Koffee Kosmo posted the following instructions and people seemed to find it really easy to do and got good results quickly. Give the following ago:

    Purge water from steam wand
    Use a loose hand not stiff
    At first use 300 ml jug and fill to just under the lower part of pour spout
    Place wand just under milk in the middle of jug at 90 deg (no angle) and only give it air in the first second no more
    Important - turn on steam to "full"
    Allow steam to do the work when milk starts to foam keep wand 90 deg but move jug to one side until the steam wand hits the side of jug
    This all happens in about 10 seconds and before you know it you have micro-foam

    Good luck!!
    Deb

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    • #3
      Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

      To whirlpool I:

      1. stretch milk with the jug at 90 degrees
      2. then to whirlpool just tip the jug on a slight angle

      hope this makes sense and helps

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      • #4
        Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

        I read somewhere that you cant really whirlpool with the horizontally opposed steam wand holes (I definitely cant anyway), and that its not a great technique anyway, you should be aiming for more of a wave than a whirlpool...

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        • #5
          Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

          Originally posted by Sammus link=1221033842/0#3 date=1221035811
          I read somewhere that you cant really whirlpool with the horizontally opposed steam wand holes (I definitely cant anyway), and that its not a great technique anyway, you should be aiming for more of a wave than a whirlpool...
          Interesting to read the above comment. Buschy, I can well and truly recommend that you try KKs technique, as I couldnt get the whirlpool happening either on the Levetta. Getting great microfoam now though and its all too easy!

          Cheers,
          slowcoffee

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          • #6
            Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

            Interesting to read the above comment. Buschy, I can well and truly recommend that you try KKs technique, as I couldnt get the whirlpool happening either on the Levetta. Getting great microfoam now though and its all too easy!

            Cheers,
            slowcoffee
            It only took slowcoffee 2 tries with this method and as he reported back getting great microfoam now

            This method is now a permanent sticky post.
            Under the heading Milk Froth and Bubbles
            The method is easy and repeatable when followed to the letter

            Koffee Kosmo

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            • #7
              Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

              Yeah no whirlpool here, but great microfoam (most of the time )

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              • #8
                Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

                A whirlpool is a walk in the park with a Levetta wand....

                You do need a 2 hole tip if you dont have one though...

                Bend the wand forward and out by apporx 15 degrees- which is where is should be anyway...

                Voila- instant whirlpool...

                Chris

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                • #9
                  Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

                  Where are you positioning the 2-hole tip in the jug Chris? Near pour spout or center while steaming?

                  Are you further bending the wand at the elbow that is positioned half way between tip and machine? Currently the elbow has about a 110 degree or so bend. If so, another 15 degrees out to side while at the same time forward (towards person)? Cheers.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

                    I hope he means like this, because that is the way I have bent mine. The arm is really soft anyway, and bends easily. Sorry about the 2 posts, couldnt be bothered uloading elsewhere.

                    Cheers

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                    • #11
                      Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

                      And from the front.....

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                      • #12
                        Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

                        Looks good!

                        I have the tip of mine a tad more to the left- but if it works for you, great!

                        Chris

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                        • #13
                          Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

                          Hey...what about my queston? Wand at middle or edge while steaming?

                          PS. Mine arrived a bit more to the left than PhilMacs (maybe 20 or so degrees) but have just pulled it forward a bit to resemble...

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                          • #14
                            Re: Whirlpooling with Levetta wand

                            Originally posted by Buschy link=1221033842/0#12 date=1221212682
                            Hey...what about my queston?   Wand at middle or edge while steaming?

                            PS. Mine arrived a bit more to the left than PhilMacs (maybe 20 or so degrees) but have just pulled it forward a bit to resemble...
                            Gday Buschy,

                            I use the jug in my left hand and position the wand about 1/2 way towards the edge from the centre of the jug...

                            As per usual, its a personal thing!

                            Chris

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