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    Soy milk user

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    Hi there CSers

    anyone using soy milk with a boiler machine (Gaggia Classic)? Are there specific tips and/or tricks with soy or do i just keep experimenting?

    Im using vitasoy green, which is what Gloria Jeans use and they seem to be able to get some beautiful micro foam (depending on the user), but Ive yet to see it with my machine. I struggle to even get milkshake bubbles (which i know you dont want).
    Having said that Ive only had it 1 week ::)

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    Re: Soy milk user

    cyn7180, i wouldnt use GJ as your yard stick as there is tons of knowledge & exp in this forum, personally l use Vitasoy Calci-Plus (purple carton) both in my cafe and at home and it foams nicely but i dont heat it up as with reg milk usually about 5 deg cooler (60 deg)...be prepared to go through a few liters practicing ;)

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    Re: Soy milk user

    Ive found most of the Vitasoy products work fine. You just need to give it time...
    If money is not an issue, I prefer Bonsoy or if you can find it, Sungold. Thats mostly an issue of taste, though they do seem to steam a little easier too.

    The distinguishing feature of these products is they actually use 12-17% whole soy beans, as opposed to 4% soy bean extract :-? in other brands.

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    Re: Soy milk user

    Bonsoy is very creamy and nutty, but my preference is the So Good regular (no fat-free or skim or anything else, they are crap-tastic) that comes out of the supermarket fridge section. This is because its one of the few I can stomach using on other things like my muesli and I dont want to have a bunch of different milks. Steams nicely too...

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    Re: Soy milk user

    thanks all for your comments. Yes, Im told bon-soy is excellent, especially for those of us who truly love the taste of soy and arent battling distaste or resentment because theyve been told they have to drink it. I will look for some down here.

    Since my original posting i de-scaled the machine (it was second hand and not loved or adored like it should have been :() and WOW what a difference! Getting a fair bit of microfoam now, but still needing some practice. I think the key is (as NicMic suggested) steaming to a bit lower temp than normal milk.

    As for So (not) Good...dont get me started ;)

    thanks all for the input - good to know Im on the right track.

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    Re: Soy milk user

    I found that Bon Soy was the best tasting but too expensive.

    I usually use Vitasoy original. Have found that it does vary from time to time in regards to heat up time and stretching. Just like coffee not all soy beans are the same and can also vary between seasons.

    Also have found the same as NicMic. Soy should be heated to a lower temp. It also separates quicker, so you need to pour straight after steaming. Soy tends to foam quicker too.
    Other than that the technique is basically the same as cow juice.

    Agree with the the So (not) good. Crap... to my palate. There seems to be two camps in the soy world. Ones that try to emulate cow lactate (So Good) and others that try to make a good soy milk (Vitasoy, Bonsoy). Each to their own I guess!

    Slightly off topic:
    For heating (Microwave or pot) I found the Vitasoy So milky the best.

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    thanks for the tips bassway. Im still not getting the microfoam Id like but having fun practicing. :)



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