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    Baby Gaggia and frothing

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    Hello everyone,
    Im new to this site but have been following it for a while. Its so wonderful to get other peoples tips and ideas! And everyone is so passionate which I love!
    So...to my question - I have recently purchased a Baby Gaggia espresso machine and its about 10 years old. I absolutely love it - it makes wonderful shots (it took a solid month to work it out though!) and used to froth the milk perfectly. Unfortunately, it now seems to bubble (?) the milk as opposed to steaming it. At first I thought that it may be the pressure but now Im not so sure because it heats the milk in a couple of seconds...
    Has anyone got any ideas on what I should do?
    Warm regards,
    Sue

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    Re: Baby Gaggia and frothing

    Quote Originally Posted by 634E5644484C4053210 link=1263597859/0#0 date=1263597859
    Hello everyone,
    Im new to this site but have been following it for a while. Its so wonderful to get other peoples tips and ideas! And everyone is so passionate which I love!
    So...to my question - I have recently purchased a Baby Gaggia espresso machine and its about 10 years old. I absolutely love it - it makes wonderful shots (it took a solid month to work it out though!) and used to froth the milk perfectly. Unfortunately, it now seems to bubble (?) the milk as opposed to steaming it. At first I thought that it may be the pressure but now Im not so sure because it heats the milk in a couple of seconds...
    Has anyone got any ideas on what I should do?
    Warm regards,
    Sue
    Hi Sue and welcome,

    The answer will lie in a change of milk...Try something else. Protein levels can decrease at this time of year and that makes it harder to get a great result.

    Cheers.

    2mcm

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    Re: Baby Gaggia and frothing

    If the milk sort of looks right as you are steaming, gets hot at the right rate, but then collapses into large bubbles--it is the milk, as 2mcm says.

    As soon as the cows dine on dry feed the ability of the milk to maintain microfoam disappears.

    Try and get "imported" milk from a place that still has green grass for cows to eat. (I like the A2 and find it very consistent--I think it comes from Queensland.)

    Greg

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    Re: Baby Gaggia and frothing

    Hello 2mcm and Greg!

    Thank you so much for your reply.

    Normally Id agree with you re. the time of year, lack of fresh feed etc. however, I have changed from an organic non-homogenised to a commercial supermarket milk to a specialist coffee milk with no change in froth results. Maybe, Ill try a low fat milk (even though low fat anything should be banned!) to see what happens.

    Thanks again for your advice.

    Sue

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    Re: Baby Gaggia and frothing

    Just remember Sue, that no matter what label or processing the milk goes through, if the cows dont eat green grass, the milk will not foam well.

    Also, ensure you clean the steam wand thoroughly, including reaming out the steam holes. A change in pressure can do this too.

    Greg
    ps--you didnt change the way you hold your mouth did you? ;D

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    Re: Baby Gaggia and frothing

    No changes with mouth holding, not yet anyway!
    Okay, well Ill give the skim milk a miss and hope that its just the time of year. In my 20 years of frothing milk (I learnt in my teens in good ol Rundle Street when real italians owned the cafes) Ive never seen it like this - but its what youd expect with the type of weather in Adelaide.
    Would much rather it be the milk than the machine though!!
    Thank you so much again.
    Sue



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