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    Coffee Junkie (pun explained) - $5 frother

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    Hi,

    I like cappucinos and would like to have them at home, but I cant justify a machine. Besides we have one at work, and I can wait till I get there.

    So Ive been thinking of ways to make froth at minimal cost. Tried the plunger, bar mixer, microwave boiling, etc and all disappointingly short lived bubbles. Then read the latest Choice Consumer magazine which had the same conclusion. Hmm.

    Anyone had Sea Monkey pets? We do. You can aerate the water by shooting water into their habitat with a syringe. This gave me an idea.

    Im really surprised with the result I got and would be keen to hear from someone who is a good judge of coffee. How does it rate against other methods, and any suggested improvements. As far as robustness goes, the froth in my cup is lasting 30min easily.

    Heres my method:
    1/. Make the expresso coffee. I use a stove top type.
    2/. BOIL the milk in a tall glass. I find the boiling flavours the milk nicely. This is needed because no steam is used here.*
    3/. Take a BIG (70cc) syringe (minus needle) and aggressively draw up the milk and then as hard as you can shoot the milk back into the glass. Do this twice and youll have 10cm of froth.
    4/. Add coffee and chocolate powder.

    Total cost $5, minimal cleaning required and no ongoing expenses. Can make enough milk for many people in one go. Plus the sea monkeys give it a nice after taste.

    Keen to hear what others think.


    Regards

    Steve







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    Re: Coffee Junkie (pun explained)

    I have one question, how on earth do you make a coffee last 30 minutes? :P

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    Re: Coffee Junkie (pun explained)

    Ive been experimenting with the technique and have a few excess coffees sitting on the sink. Being a male it takes bit of coaxing to get me to do dishes.

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    Re: Coffee Junkie (pun explained) - $5 frother

    I dont want to squeeze a boiling liquid out of a syringe Im holding in my hands at pressure. Thats just me though.

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    Re: Coffee Junkie (pun explained) - $5 frother

    Quote Originally Posted by 5757464D5640240 link=1307878434/0#0 date=1307878434
    Total cost $5
    Or you could go buy a coffee for $3.50...

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    Re: Coffee Junkie (pun explained) - $5 frother

    I have used various ways of frothing milk without steam.

    Before I had an espresso machine I made coffee in a plunger. After heating the milk in a microwave I frothed it with a mini plunger built for this purpose.

    Dont boil the milk. It will get burnt.

    There are also several frothers now available that spin and heat the milk. They have a thermostat to prevent overheating the milk. I bought one for about $30 from Aldi.

    I donít think these methods are as effective as steam for producing microfoam, but they are close.

    Barry

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    Re: Coffee Junkie (pun explained) - $5 frother

    Most of us think boiling the milk spoils the flavour.

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    Re: Coffee Junkie (pun explained) - $5 frother

    Ive tried barryds method, but found I have better results by frothing the milk cold (in a plunger) first and THEN putting it in the microwave. I found that heating the milk first produced a shorter-lived foam with larger bubbles. I guess it could all come down to the brand of milk, though.

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    Re: Coffee Junkie (pun explained) - $5 frother

    I froth milk in a mini coffee plunger and Im happy with the results - I think that to make the bubbles last you have to seriously plunge it about 80 times and fast. 40 each hand :P seriously though you should get a nice stiff foam well throughout if you do that.

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    Re: Coffee Junkie (pun explained) - $5 frother

    A friend at work had one of those little battery powered whizzers for frothing hot milk that seemed to work quite well.

    Of course the cost of the batteries would add up after a while. :(

    Greg



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