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    Latte art - problems with skim milk compared to full cream

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    Hi all

    Ive been practicing latte art for around a year and have got to the stage where I can create half decent rosettas consistently when using full cream milk. *However my wife drinks skim milk only and for some reason I have major problems pouring rosettas with it. Even if I do a mix of 3rd full milk and 2 3rds skim, I can do ok latte art. *Just the skim milk on its own that gives me problems. *

    Just wondering if there are any obvious tricks to texturing skim milk for latte art. *Worth noting that I use a thermometer, try and obtain wet paint consistency etc etc. *Ive also tried frothing less as I; ve found skim produces more froth, i.e. the equivalent frothing for microfoam with full milk tends to result in more froth than required and blobby art if pouring rosettas. *Also found its easier to pour hearts with skim (aothough still harder than full cream). * *

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    Apologies if this question has been covered before - happy to look at another thread if it exists.


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    Re: Latte art - problems with skim milk compared to full cream

    Hi.

    Skim milk is a little different to full cream but not much. With skim milk you have to tend to shake out the rosetta more compared to full cream milk. Full cream tends to just pour itself while skim sort of requires you to acctually do more pronounced movements to spread the leaves.

    Hope it helps

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    Re: Latte art - problems with skim milk compared to full cream

    Cheers - thanks for that. Ill give it a try and post some photos of results.

    Also find that skim milk seems to have froth and milk separated a bit more than full cream if that makes sense. I thought Id also try not dropping the steam wand so deep after frothing so as to have the froth moving a bit more with whirlpool while waiting to get up to 65 degrees temp.


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    Re: Latte art - problems with skim milk compared to full cream

    I would be interested in seeing some latte art attempts with skim milk with full cream side by side.

    I am to a strugling artist:)

    (New guy just purchased Silvia/Rocky)

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    Re: Latte art - problems with skim milk compared to full cream

    I would have to agree that skim milk is less forgiving, you cant leave it sit for as long otherwise you end up with blobs, it is possible but your technique is tested (I get it wrong more that I get it right). Interesting that a lot of people think that skim is "better" to froth with. I think that comes from the old mountain peak days.



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