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    Plunger frothing? What are your thoughts?

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    For thos who dont know what it is its when you use a coffee plunger to froth the milk. Heating it in a microwave first. If this questions been asked before then direct me to that thread. I tried it just then and it seemed to work quite well.

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    Re: Plunger frothing? What are your thoughts?

    When I dont have access to a real machine I have been known to heat a small jar 1/4 full of milk in the microwave and froth by just shaking very hard for 10-15 seconds.

    It isnt microfoam, but it does part of the job.

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    Re: Plunger frothing? What are your thoughts?

    Zoe Delany from Coffee Hit showed me this about a year ago as a joke. I dared her to pour me a rosetta out of it and she did! ;D ;D

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    You crazy barista[r]s and your skillz!! ::)

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    I think i put in to much froth with mine. ;D

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    i tryed it after reading the tread, i only have a free plunger that come with some coffee. now i have milk everywhere, seemed to work but think i will keep with my steam wand.

    thanks HCK for the idea

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    I didnt expect someone to try it :P But have fun cleaning it all up haha

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    i should do that it is starting to spoil

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    great way to froth decent milk without a great machine...

    we actually find that milk frothed from a plunger can often be better that any small domestic machine with a small boiler capacity....

    combine this with a stove top espresso and for under $50 you can have a decent latte or capp in the luxury of your home, boat, camping etc...... very inexpensive way but effective way to introduce instant coffee drinkers to our world without the expense.....

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    Re: Plunger frothing? What are your thoughts?

    There is a dedicated milk frother device based on the plunger. It is designed to work just like HCK described.

    I have one sitting in my cupboard which I might resurrect for use at work. I tried it a couple of times long before joining CS and having no idea of what properly textured milk should look like.

    Heres one on Amazon.com- mines the same.

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    Hi, on a recent visit to the Gold Coast, the Cambridge mathematician, I. M.Gaisin, observed that the total available surface area of the milk foam to be coated with the caramelised sugars, lipids and aromatic oils etc. per unit of volume depends on how micro-micro the foam is. Furthermore, the more micro-micro the foam, the more weight per unit volume and hence gravity plays a part in coating the foam with those oils etc. which increase the flavour in inverse proportion to the diameter of the foam bubbles. As he quickly scribbled a proof to the above on his paper napkin it ocurred to me that it might make a difference if the milk from the plunger was poured from a height (say 15cm) above the cup. Try it and let me know!
    Cheers, coffeejourneyman.

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    You lost me on a recent visit to the Gold Coast

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6F6D61696967607D0E0 link=1242433051/11#11 date=1243310750
    You lost me on a recent visit to the Gold Coast

    :o

    Yeah, I needed a lie down after reading that post... :-?

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    Re: Plunger frothing? What are your thoughts?

    I think CJMs theory is the coarser the microfoam, the higher you pour from to ensure a proper mix of coffee and milk. The higher pour height provides additional gravitational assitance to combining the milk with the espresso.

    Im not sure about the figure of 15cm or what the standard pour height of milk textured in a frother might be.

    BTW, welcome CJM and your first post apparently caused some glazed eyes.

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    wow what a first post... very informative..... :)

    beats the usual first post of self promotion..... ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0C100002115A56630 link=1242433051/10#10 date=1243308940
    As he quickly scribbled a proof to the above on his paper napkin
    I had a laugh. Gotta love napkin-proof coffee ;D

    Did you keep it? Upload a scan.

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    Re: Plunger frothing? What are your thoughts?

    Hi, just cleaning my desk and noticed that I still have that paper napkin with the IMG proof on the surface area of micro-micro foam (complete with coffee stain) but I havet the IT skill to post it. Would be happy to pass it on to someone who can.
    Footnote: IMG came 2nd from 234 candidates in the Cambridge Tripos this year.....dropped only 12 marks out of 560......overkilled a proof and the markers dont like show-offs! Tripos is because canidates sit for the exams on 3-legged stools!

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    Re: Plunger frothing? What are your thoughts?

    wow coffeejourneyman, you have the most out there coffee experiences ive ever heard of....im happy to get a tour of the roastery and a free sample, your leaving the premise with algorithms written on a napkin!.... :o


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    Re: Plunger frothing? What are your thoughts?

    Wish I had the intelligence to overkill a proof to anyone- my 6 year old daughter would do just nicely!! Oh well, will just have to wake up, smell the coffee and realise that my (blonde) hair colour is just a dead giveaway!!
    (And no smilies here, hate the things!!)
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