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    Microfoam with a basic machine

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    Hey guys,

    I currently use a Gran Gaggia (about 7 years or so old). Its a fairly basic machine with a pretty ordinary steamer...although I can still pull a great shot every now and then. :)

    Im wondering if theres a technique to getting a micro froth with a machine that doesnt really pump out a great amount of steam. Im not sure if Im just fighting a losing battle as my machine just isnt strong enough...or is there something more I can be doing to texture better. Ive never timed it, but it seems to take me well over a minute to heat a small latte worth of milk.

    Should I just be planning an upgrade ;D
    Cheers,
    Grant

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    Re: Microfoam with a basic machine

    Have you reads KKs method? Its a few posts below this one... (the really long thread). Might work.

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    Re: Microfoam with a basic machine

    Thanks for that...Im such an idiot! Have been roaming around for weeks looking for answers to that, really not sure how I missed that massive thread...will try some techniques I read about and see how it goes.
    Cheers!

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    Re: Microfoam with a basic machine

    So...I read through KKs thread on "Some tricks for creating great microfoam" and gave a few different techniques a go with my Gran Gaggia with some interesting results.

    I definitely get a much better micro-froth now, however I still think Im in need of an upgrade very soon!!! ;D

    Ill keep tyring to perfect it, but my machine really doesnt give out much of a steam. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction lilmeh.

    Grant

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    Re: Microfoam with a basic machine

    I used to get great micorfoam out of my Gaggia Classic even with the standard Gaggia wand. I obviously took off the silly foaming device...

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    Re: Microfoam with a basic machine

    I made pretty decent froth on my $100 Breville! Steam power wasnt fantastic..but..I really think its about getting the sweet spot on the milk jug!

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    Re: Microfoam with a basic machine

    yeah I have a cheap delonghi and the froth quality isnt that special, couples with a poor operator (will have to check out some threads on this). I found that cafe indulgence in Devonport Tas does a fantastic cappucino with the most dense froth I have drunk yet (no coffee snob here but have been to many cafes/coffee shops) I would love to be able to do that!

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    Re: Microfoam with a basic machine

    On my EM5900 I have found that a smaller hole in the steam tip has done wonders. The standard SB hole is about 1.5mm or so, but using a Breville tip with a hole just under 1mm makes a huge difference. Would be keen to try a tip with 2 holes under 1mm to see how it goes, but not sure if the 5900 has the guts.



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