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  • Where to get a stove-top steam milk frother- and are they any good???

    Hi all, I have just begun my quest for home made cafe-style coffee and am loving the results!!! My machine, though, doesnt have the ability to froth milk, and I love a good cap.

    Have been looking for something that might fulfil my needs..tried the crappy electric wands, tried the bodum frother (like a plunger), tried frothing with a stick blender... then found on a US website that they make stove-top steamers- you fill them with water.. they have a valve, and wand, and somehow they produce enough steam to froth your milk...

    Does anyone have any experience with these? Are they any good, or am I wasting my time (and should I just stick to flat whites at home?) Also, if any good, where can I get them from???!!!!!

    Cheers,

    Belinda.

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    Re: Where to get a stove-top steam milk frother- and are they any good???

    Hello Belinda

    Welcome to CS

    Sorrentina Coffee, a site sponsor over <----------- yonder sell them. Bellman is the brand. Others might, totally unsure. They are around a hundred bucks.

    I have the Bellman coffee/steam arm version, similar to an atomic, and the milk texturing is very good.

    Email Jack at Sorrentina or email all sponsors and you will get well looked after.

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      Re: Where to get a stove-top steam milk frother- and are they any good???

      Thanks fopr that!! Will do. By the way, is the Bellman very fussy/tricky to do? I am trying to picture how it would work, and can see myself getting into a lot of trouble (and bubble.. sorry, too much shakespeare as a kid) ... dont want to fork out 100 schmackos just to end up stacking it in the cupboard.....
      Would love to hear your thoughts!

      Cheers,

      B.

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        Re: Where to get a stove-top steam milk frother- and are they any good???

        Hello there Belinda,

        The bellman steamer is really very easy to use. It comes with instructions but I have developed my own method that works better:

        1) only fill the machine around 1.5 inches deep (one fifth capacity) with hot water.

        2) Clamp on lid and open coffee valve. Place on moderate/low heat until stem starts spluttering out of the tip.

        3) Close the valve and let the pressure build for around 30 seconds to a minute.

        4) Open the valve to bleed off any false pressure. Close agian

        5) You are ready to go- there is no need for a really high heat- the unit will generate more than enough pressure to froth at least a few jugs of coffee.

        As long as you have a good flow of steam- and the pressure is correct- the milk will froth well.

        However frothing milk is a bit of an art and if you have not done it before it may take a while to get the hang of it. The bellman machine is much like any frother on an espresso machine in this regard- and the same rules apply. there are good videos and lots of info on the net about how to froth well. I guarantee once you have mastered the art you wont look back.

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          Re: Where to get a stove-top steam milk frother- and are they any good???

          I agree with the above comments. Love my Bellman steamer, cant fault it. I have a presso and Sunbeam grinder, not megabucks but good coffee.

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