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Posted Fri Dec 31, 2004, 2:04pm
Subject: Art Pitchers
 

What are the best pitchers to do art with?  I have one of the straight-sided ones from SM's, but can't get any art at home, but when I'm at work with the bell pitchers, I get somewhat good looking rosettas.  Is it the machine (I don't know how much to froth milk at home, but at work I know how much to get the right amount of froth) or is it the pitcher?
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Posted Fri Dec 31, 2004, 2:15pm
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I've heard that you shouldn't use the bell shape, I use the straight/slightly curved style that I got from Jim at 1st-line & one from the Bay.Remember those posts from Mark?, he was using an old tin can & squeezed a crude spout in the can to pour out of!! He even did machiatto art out of it too I believe! {:-D

I'll post a pic. The Bay pitcher is on the left, 1st-lines on the right.

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Posted Fri Dec 31, 2004, 2:35pm
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Another angle.

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Posted Fri Dec 31, 2004, 3:34pm
Subject: Re: Art Pitchers
 

"pitcher shape"

general rule of thumb (speaking personally and for commercial situations of course) is that the medium sized tapered straight sided ones are best. i usually suggest smaller sizes than you might think - to allow for more milk depth in the pitcher. a lot of the standard pitchers like what i've described have softly rounded spouts which i like to "crimp" a bit with a pair of pliers to allow for more definition in the pour. i like handles that are attached top and bottom to allow for more options when it comes to holding the pitcher (both while texturing and while pouring). i prefer thinner metal to allow for quicker temperature response from my hand. i don't like the true straight sides (as opposed to the tapers straight sides) and i hate bell pitchers. the alessi pitchers are gorgeous and pour beautifully but i find them too thick to be accurate temperature-wise and they're just far too expensive given all this.
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Posted Fri Dec 31, 2004, 3:38pm
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The one I use looks like the one in Craig's pic on the left.  Rob

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Posted Fri Dec 31, 2004, 3:50pm
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I think, then, that it's steam power.  I know exactly how much froth to get from the Rancilio S-20 Tecna DE HTS because the power is just so, so that I have to get three spurts of froth to make just the right amount for latte art, but I don't know how much I need for my Gaggia at home.  We use the bell-type pitchers at work, and I use the Craig-type at home.
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Posted Fri Dec 31, 2004, 4:04pm
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Like we where just saying on Aim Eric, whatever works for you & your equipment. You said your boiler is 3 oz & my Silvia's is 300 ml, 10.58 oz. A while ago I changed out the stock 140C steam stat to a 150C stat, & you wouldn't believe the increased steaming power!!

There's absolutely no problem steaming any quantity of milk, within reason., & if owners of a stock Silvia think that's powerful.., & it is..!, don't get me wrong..., it's now like a super steam locomotive! {:-D

 
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Posted Fri Jan 7, 2005, 11:54am
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The milk spins better in Alessi, and that yields better foam.  I still can't get a decent pour with it.  Chris (coffeejunkie) does a better job than me.
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Posted Thu Feb 24, 2005, 11:12am
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hi all

i Have one of those ones with the wide flat lip

are they any use?

ciao

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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005, 3:58am
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fourmations Said:

i Have one of those ones with the wide flat lip

are they any use?

Posted February 24, 2005 link

No.

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