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    Alessi vs Motta

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    Ive decided to post this as it is the exact post I was looking for before buying a new milk jug.

    I was summing up between a motta($50-$70) and an alessi($150-$200). *I bought a 500ml motta and after a while decided to buy a 1lt alessi.

    Both jugs are much heavier than what you might expect from a jug of the same size. *This means that the steel is thicker, which is great, but also means your going to have to get used to the temperature (if you use a thermometer, you should be alright). *In these jugs the milk feels about 5degrees cooler.

    In respects to latte art....Its hard to say. *The motta is better for doing more intricate designs(thin rosettas, tulips, double +triple rosetta), but this probably has more to with the size rather than the shape of the jug. *Id be interested in trying a smaller alessi. *The alessi can pour lovely rosettas, the leaves are larger and fatter; but its harder to pour intricate patterns.

    I use the alessi to steam my milk mainly due to the size over the motta, but there is something special about the microfoam you get from the alessi. *Once I worked out how to steam effectively in the alessi (and it will take you a while to get used to it), the microfoam was probably 1.5 times as good as foam from a standard jug.

    In conclusion, the alessi is weighted better than the motta(the motta is somewhat is bottom heavy) and the alessi is made from much nicer feeling material. *I love using the alessi at work and so I get pretty good use out of it. *For any beginner I would recommend sticking with their pitcher and work on their foam with it. *Spending alot of money wont increase your skill overnight. *However for more advanced people I would recommend buying a motta if you want to improve the defintion on your art, but if your looking for a jug that is just a shear pleasure to use than definatly go for the alessi, if you can justify spending the money. *

    Good Luck.

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    Re: Alessi vs Motta

    Quote Originally Posted by falling_short link=1199439674/0#0 date=1199439673
    Once I worked out how to steam effectively in the alessi (and it will take you a while to get used to it), the microfoam was probably 1.5 times as good as foam from a standard jug.
    Curious, have you used the 1lt motta, or the 500ml alessi? I only ask as its a little unfair to judge the microfoam textured using a 1lt jug, to the microfoam produced using a 500ml one. The 1ltr jug gives you at least another 8+seconds to further grind out your milk.

    I dont mean to be picky, and i do agree with most of what you have written, just thought id raise this point though, especially if this post is based at beginners

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    Re: Alessi vs Motta

    Sorry I should have made it more clear.
    I havent used either a 500ml alessi or a 1lt motta. But what I meant to say is that comparing an alessi to the $20 jugs you can buy, the alessi will give you better milk. I have also used my 500ml motta at home, and noticed a step up on using that over a standard jug.

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    Re: Alessi vs Motta

    To clarify further, I havent really steamed milk with the motta at work(there is too much pressure through the 4 hole tip). I only use the motta at work for pouring art.

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    Re: Alessi vs Motta


    Nice review of the pointy-end jugs falling_short.

    I noticed that CoffeeParts sell the Alessi and the Motta...
    http://www.coffeeparts.com/accessories/jugs.html

    ...and the cheapies that work just fine for an espresso drinker.
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