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  • Tips for separating milk for a double-pour....

    Hi CoffeeSnobs!

    Well, if you are just as confused as I am with the title of this thread, let me elaborate...

    I would like some guidance in separating steamed into two jugs - the aim is to separate/decant the milk so I can pour two identical latte's/capp's from two separate jugs. Unfortunately, as I have been experimenting the freshly separated milk ALWAYS comes out a lot "lighter"/froth-ier/foam-ier than the second jug (which the milk is originally steamed in).

    Here's a flow diagram:
    STEAM 2x cups worth of milk => pouring 2/3 of steamed milk into smaller, empty milk jug => pouring 2/3 milk into first cup ( => leftover milk returned to original milk jug, and poured into second cup.

    I have been attempting to separate the milk as best as I can to ensure that the milk is "even" in both jugs - any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you in advance!
    Aaron

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    Hey Aaron,

    The following works for me:

    STEAM 2x cups worth of milk => pouring 1/3 of steamed milk into smaller, empty milk jug and set aside => pouring milk from original milk jug into first cup => milk from smaller jug poured back into original milk jug, and poured into second cup.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Costas View Post
      Hey Aaron,

      The following works for me:

      STEAM 2x cups worth of milk => pouring 1/3 of steamed milk into smaller, empty milk jug and set aside => pouring milk from original milk jug into first cup => milk from smaller jug poured back into original milk jug, and poured into second cup.
      Mine is pretty much identical to this. Just a note that it helps with consistency of milk temp and microfoam to make sure your second jug is pretty toasty.

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      • #4
        You might try going back and forth between the two jugs a few times to help even out the foam.

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        • #5
          I do the same as Costas, but as a note, when using an EM6910, the foam was never good enough to do this successfully. Now I've got a new machine with better steam, its ridiculously easy.

          Pete

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          • #6
            I rarely have trouble pouring the two lattes from the one jug in four pours rather than two. Maybe I'm doing it "wrong" but my lattes generally come out fairly even (unless I screw up.)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Costas View Post
              Hey Aaron,

              The following works for me:

              STEAM 2x cups worth of milk => pouring 1/3 of steamed milk into smaller, empty milk jug and set aside => pouring milk from original milk jug into first cup => milk from smaller jug poured back into original milk jug, and poured into second cup.
              What is it that makes the difference by separating a 1/3 into a smaller jug I have often pondered this. Is it because it retains the microfoam?. Thing is I have noticed this done a lot so there must be a logical reason.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by antiXa View Post
                What is it that makes the difference by separating a 1/3 into a smaller jug I have often pondered this. Is it because it retains the microfoam?. Thing is I have noticed this done a lot so there must be a logical reason.
                Micro foam always floats to the top, even seconds after steaming and if you start poring its what comes out first. So poring out 1/3 of the milk into a 2nd jug gets rid of the really dense foam leaving behind good latte milk. After poring your 1st latte from the original jug, you're left with very flat milk, so mixing in the really dense micro foam from the 2nd jug (make sure you tap and swirl) will leave you with excellent latte milk again.

                Works with any milk based drink. Using this method but altering how much of the micro foam you decant can be very useful. Can almost do milk for caps and flat whites together although I still hate doing that.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mompt View Post
                  Micro foam always floats to the top, even seconds after steaming and if you start poring its what comes out first. So poring out 1/3 of the milk into a 2nd jug gets rid of the really dense foam leaving behind good latte milk. After poring your 1st latte from the original jug, you're left with very flat milk, so mixing in the really dense micro foam from the 2nd jug (make sure you tap and swirl) will leave you with excellent latte milk again.

                  Works with any milk based drink. Using this method but altering how much of the micro foam you decant can be very useful. Can almost do milk for caps and flat whites together although I still hate doing that.
                  Thanks so much for this. A real life saver and wonderful information. My coffees have never been so good.

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                  • #10
                    I guess I might be cheating, usingupside down a dessert spoon to hold back the thicker foam near pouring spout. I pout 1/3 of the milk in each cup then go back, remove spoon finsih off the first cup and then the 2nd.

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                    • #11
                      I had developed my own little cheat as I am too lazy to wash two jugs. I pour my first bit of milk into 1 cup (stop where I would normally pause and start the art), then finish pouring the second cup including the art, then go back and finish off the first cup. This kind of distributes the milt a little more evenly, but the last bit always ends up with the thicker foam. I think I will go back to 2 jugs and start looking for a jug rinser.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by yilmaz View Post
                        I had developed my own little cheat as I am too lazy to wash two jugs. I pour my first bit of milk into 1 cup (stop where I would normally pause and start the art), then finish pouring the second cup including the art, then go back and finish off the first cup. This kind of distributes the milt a little more evenly, but the last bit always ends up with the thicker foam. I think I will go back to 2 jugs and start looking for a jug rinser.
                        Yes, I tried the split pour but like you still had uneven milk textures in the two cups. I have now settled on two jugs and more washing but far more even pours and better latte art and taste.

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