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    Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I was thinking some kind of plug-in one, not stove top like the Bellman

    not expensive but does the job well to go with my portapresso

    thoughts?

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    The type with the spinny-disc at the bottom seems to be the popular sort, Theres a multitude of units around, from the cheap (the aldi Espressi unit is probably the cheapest) to the somewhat overpriced (stuff like the fancy nespresso jobbies)

    as for stand-alone _wand_ type frothers, I think the last stand-alone unit available domestically was the Mr Cuppachino from blackndecker a decade or so ago.. Not sure if youd find too many of them kicking around.

    Theres Commercial ones also, but theyre definitely NOT all that cheap. ;D

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    Thanks, and I dont mind low tech. either,

    but I am very fussy and will not compromise quality in the result.

    those Bellman stove top do look good, around $100 range, just hoping there would be an electric one of similar quality.


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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    If I find a Mr. Cuppa are they any good?

    good enough for micro-foam and art?


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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    Quote Originally Posted by 472969656A040 link=1340960117/3#3 date=1341034549
    If I find a Mr Cuppachino by Black and Decker

    do they work good?

    good enough for micro foam and art?

    Cheers!
    They are absolutely perfect and the worlds best cafes are now using them in banks. Potential WBC competitors train on them and I believe one sold recently on eBay for $5k.

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    Sound just the ticket!

    thanks guys!

    just fill em up with filtered water and plug them in, right?

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    Quote Originally Posted by 5C32727E711F0 link=1340960117/5#5 date=1341036260
    Sound just the ticket!
    Um, no. Well short of what you want if you are
    very fussy and will not compromise quality in the result.

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    seems to be a difference of opinion here.

    Flynn, then what would you recommend as a stand alone steamer?

    cheers!

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    cjns were entirely tongue in cheek., no difference in opinion. That white tube on the Mr. Cappuccino - looks like a panarello. They produce thick foam, not textured milk. Useless for lattes and latte art.

    You want an electrical device that steams milk to a quality that enables latte art. It sounds like you really need an espresso machine.

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother



    So he was having me on?

    ahhhhh he had me going, just when I located one too!

    how hard can it be to produce good steam?

    What about removing the stupid white thing?

    there should be some kind of rules about giving false information to newbies, I nearly ordered one.

    I like humor, but I missed it I guess

    anyway thanks for chiming in and telling it straight.

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    Quote Originally Posted by 7B15555956380 link=1340960117/9#9 date=1341102828
    there should be some kind of rules about giving false information to newbies, I nearly ordered one.
    ;D *Whoosh- straight through to the keeper*

    Absolutely- and also a rule on silly posts where its clearly too good to be true ::)

    I would have thought that the $5k 2nd hand suggestion might have alerted you?* :-?

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    Quote Originally Posted by 5E30707C731D0 link=1340960117/9#9 date=1341102828
    how hard can it be to produce good steam?
    What about removing the stupid white thing?
    I used to own a Gaggia Baby that had one of those. If you removed the panarello part, the steam arm was too short to reach inside the milk.

    If you want just steamed milk then that device would probably do the job but not to the standard you required.

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    Just goes to prove how we hear what we want to hear.
    HA!

    After all it is just a jug with a wand, they are on Gumtree asking $20

    so much for that Idea,

    what do you think about the bellman stove tops steamers?

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    Quote Originally Posted by 147A3A3639570 link=1340960117/12#12 date=1341116597
    what do you think about the bellman stove tops steamers?
    Never used one but those who have said it worked well if I remember correctly. Again, not sure if it is to the standard of latte art. But I have steamed milk from the Sorrentina Atomic and produced good textured milk.
    You wont get proper sweet-tasting microfoam without the right equipment but have a read of this and this

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    I think you are right, might need a old broken Pavonia that just works with the steamer part or something similar.

    I want to steam with a wand.

    Still think the black and decker might work if I can modify it without the white thing and a longer pipe

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    Quote Originally Posted by 4927676B640A0 link=1340960117/14#14 date=1341180447
    Still think the black and decker might work if I can modify it without the white thing and a longer pipe
    Id say, Give it a shot, You might be able to make it work out.

    But dont hold your breath expecting brilliance, I dont think the design of the unit is all that great (IIRC, you have to hold down the grey-valve-button-thingy on the top for steam, bit difficult when youve got steam going everywhere and are trying to coordinate the jug as well)

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    I have been talking with Ross who makes the portapresso

    and he now uses a Bellman stove-top that he has modified

    I think I might look more into that now.

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    Re: Looking for sugestion on a basic milk frother

    The Bellman is pretty good (once you get used to it). I took it away with me to a holiday house and got pretty good results (though Im not fussy about latte art etc). I had to learn a slightly knew texturing technique, as Im used to a KK method on my home machine and the Bellman steam arm cannot be inserted perpendicular to the surface of the milk.

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    Apologize for reviving this ancient thread from last year, not sure which is a better place to post.

    I've recently obtained one Mr Cuppa of B&D from evilbay. With a little modification that a layman like me can do, the Mr Cuppa works wonder. Obviously it's not the best steamer out there but at least it is capable to give latte art worthy milk with my lousy technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samuellaw178 View Post
    Apologize for reviving this ancient thread from last year, not sure which is a better place to post.

    I've recently obtained one Mr Cuppa of B&D from evilbay. With a little modification that a layman like me can do, the Mr Cuppa works wonder. Obviously it's not the best steamer out there but at least it is capable to give latte art worthy milk with my lousy technique.
    What were the modifications?

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    Reviving an old thread :-)

    I picked up a couple of these today from a second hand store, and the tip thread is the same as the La Pavoni (M6). Remove the plastic parts (the outer part slides off, the inner part unscrews - there are flats on it for a spanner).

    Find an M6 stainless steel acorn nut and drill a 1.5mm hole in the tip. I used a lathe which makes it easy, I was also able to turn down the outside of the nut to a nice shape.

    Easy, good steam, and works well!

    Matt.

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