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    Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

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    Given the range of inventive solutions the snobs forums comes up with Im sure someone has solved this one - how to get a relatively small amount of milk textured properly without overheating when working with a decent *steamer - 2/3hole, plenty of grunt.

    Any tips? A small (~300-400ml) jug seems to comes to temperature too fast to get good texture.

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    I cant see any other way than to get used to using a 300 - 400 mL jug! Practice, practice, practice!

    For 2 drinks, the 600 mL pitcher is the one you want to use. And as with all jugs, fill to just below or at the beginning of the spout.

    Steaming these sized pitchers on a Synesso or Marzocco happens in 5 seconds flat and are used solely by most baristas for single drink orders.

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    Quote Originally Posted by 535F4C4A5750573E0 link=1286366495/0#0 date=1286366495
    Given the range of inventive solutions the snobs forums comes up with Im sure someone has solved this one - how to get a relatively small amount of milk textured properly without overheating when working with a decentsteamer - 2/3hole, plenty of grunt.

    Any tips? A small (~300-400ml) jug seems to comes to temperature too fast to get good texture.
    Been there, done that.
    The answer, as David has already said, is practise, practise, practise.


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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    support your local dairy farmer and waste some

    or

    just leave it in the jug on the bench for the next coffee? :D

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    I guess Ill just have to have larger lattes. Or, as maheel says 2 or 3 instead of 1 :D Theres always an excuse for extra coffee ::)

    (Usually use the reduced capacity latte glasses for extra coffee:milk ratio, so effectively wasting milk even in a half full 300mL jug ).

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    You could always plug one of the holes in your steam tip. Reduce the amount of steam with a physical barrier.

    Depends on your steam tip I guess.

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    90% of the time I am only making one piccolo latte with a total volume of 65 to 90 ml.

    I use a 300ml jug and have partially blocked the wand holes with a bit of bent brass wire. This has extended my steaming time out to 7 seconds and enables better microfoam for me.

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    Perfect! Ill try the wire trick :)

    Thanks.

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    Very cold milk and jug

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    One trick I learnt at a coffee course was to put the jug in the fridge before hand to cool it down. The cooler it is, the more time you have to froth the milk before milk heats up.

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    In my daily morning affair with the Rancilio Silvia and Rocky Doserless grinder, I think the two most important lessons to get beautifully textured milk for latte art are:
    1. Very cold milk (not frozen)
    2. Very warm machine

    My milk jug is kept in the freezer, unless when used.

    My Rancilio Silvia runs on a timer and switches on automatically about 45 minutes before I get off bed. Prior to brushing my teeth, I fill my already-frozen milk jug with milk.

    After extracting my espresso, I will first bleed my milk wand to ensure only dry steam comes out from the Silvia. I will then take my milk jug out of the freezer and then steam the milk surface for about 20 seconds (just when the base of the milk starts to warm up). And then bury the wand onto the bottom of the tilted jug (to allow it to swirl anti-clockwise). This is important to achieve microfoam for latte art.

    After all is done, I will clean my milk jug and store it back in the freezer. Ensure the milk jug is dry prior to putting it back into the freezer, as ice will form and your jug may get stuck to the freezer the next morning youre using it.

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    Quote Originally Posted by 6E6A717B030 link=1286366495/10#10 date=1293604285
    Ensure the milk jug is dry prior to putting it back into the freezer, as ice will form and your jug may get stuck to the freezer the next morning youre using it.
    Sounds like someone learned the hard way. ;)

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    martini,
    what machine are you using?

    +1 or davids advice. if youre new to the scene, then perhaps a visit to his espresso school will assist.
    youll walk away a better wannaberockstarbarista imo.

    aaron

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    Ive never been able to swirl the milk by plunging it into the jug - maybe the thermoblocks just dont provide enough power. I do about a centimetre below and move it back and forth radially to get it mixed after intially spinning it just below to incorporate air until about 40 degrees.

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    Re: Milk for 1 or 2 small coffees

    Quote Originally Posted by 536F7269636275606863070 link=1286366495/11#11 date=1293604930
    Quote Originally Posted by 6E6A717B030 link=1286366495/10#10 date=1293604285
    Ensure the milk jug is dry prior to putting it back into the freezer, as ice will form and your jug may get stuck to the freezer the next morning youre using it. *
    Sounds like someone learned the hard way. *;)
    Yeah - it aint fun when it almost ripped the plastic sides of my freezer apart.



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