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    Frothing with a Lelit Combi

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    Hey, having some problems. I can get macrofoam easy but not micro. Ive watched plenty of vids but the wand on the Lelit is at a more 90 degree angle than those in the vids. I did see one vid (on Youtube) of a guy using the same machine to make an espresso and he seemed to be using it without the cover on the wand. I tried that today and it looked shiny, and the "whirlpool effect" looked similar to his, but it didnt give much of a head. Maybe I heated it too long.

    At the moment I think I have an idea about the general procedure for creating the foam just wondering if any Lelit users have tips for going about it on this machine. Also, any thoughts on the covered/uncovered steam wand?

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    Re: Frothing with a Lelit Combi

    Hello kyg,

    Firstly, throw the steam wand cover back in the box. Theyre useless unless you want to create sea foam.

    I suggest that you carefully bend the wand forward around 15-20 deg. This will remove the jug tilt and make the job much easier.

    Chris

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    Re: Frothing with a Lelit Combi

    Its a new machine, I dont want to break it and/or void the warranty. Tried bending. Wand is sitting at around a 75-80 degree angle.

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    Re: Frothing with a Lelit Combi

    This technique works well for me on the EM6910 and the San Marino at work, and this should work for the upright steam wand on your Lelit.

    If you hold the jug on left hand (filled to 1/3 to 2/3 full of milk), tilt top of jug to right by 30 degrees. Tilt jug back towards you by 10-15 degrees while holding that 30 degree angle.

    What this style does is direct the force into the side and bottom of jug which incorporates air as well as swirling the milk.

    Purge steam wand then place tip of wand below surface of milk 1 cm. Position tip 2 cm from right side of jug and begin turning steam to full.

    Bring tip to surface of milk until you can hear a sip sip sound happening. What is happening now is the angle of the jug and the position of the tip of steam wand is incorporating air into the milk and at the same time creating the whirlpool effect. As the microfoam builds up, lower the jug slightly and follow (surfing) the surface of the microfoam, at the same time still holding the angle and tilt of jug.


    If you are holding the jug on right hand, follow the same technique but reverse the tilt and angle of jug.

    Stop frothing when the bottom of jug feels too hot to touch.

    If you do get the odd big bubble in the jug, bang the jug on bench and swirl.

    Let us know how you went. *;)

    Gary at G

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    Re: Frothing with a Lelit Combi

    Much better, thanks. Still far from pro but practice makes perfect. :)

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    Re: Frothing with a Lelit Combi

    Thats great to know.

    You can try a bit of variation to see if you can get any improvement.

    Another idea may be to introduce a big dose/slurp of air at the beginning of the frothing for one second, then bring the tip back to the surface and incorporate the big bubbles back into the milk. It just breaks them down into finer bubbles, resulting in microfoam.
    Try that and see how that works. ;)

    Gary at G



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