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alyoor
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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 1:29pm
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I WOULD LIKE TO BUY A ESPRESSO/CAPPUCCINO MAKER AND I AM WONDERING IF THE FROTHING WAND IS THE SAME AS THE STEAMING WAND.  COULD SOMEONE TELL ME IF THIS IS CORRECT? THANK-YOU
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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 1:33pm
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Yes.

Please use the REFRESH button on your browser - you've posted this question five times in the same section (last count).

Also, please take the caps off.  It's considered "shouting" on forums & therefore rude.
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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 1:35pm
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Oh, and welcome!

PS - you score extra points for having spelled 'espresso' & 'cappuccino' correctly!  :-)
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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 2:08pm
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Frothing and steaming are the different words for the same thing.

You made this post 5 times on one board, once on another, all in the wrong place, and I had to spend 10 minutes cleaning it up. So I've issued a strike against you; two more, and your posting privileges will be revoked. Please familiarize yourself with the board and it's rules before posting. Also, you can find answers to questions like these with a few minutes reading.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 2:25pm
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Jim you might want to try a little tact.  While I appreciate you replying to my post I did not appreciate your tone.  I made an honest mistake and I did not need a scolding.
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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 3:32pm
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alyoor Said:

I made an honest mistake...

Posted January 27, 2004 link

No problem, I make mistakes all the time -- just ask my family and friends.  ;-)  

If you need help choosing the best machine for your needs, tell us a little more about your expected usage, previous experience, budget, and so on.  As for your original question, many use the terms "steaming" and "frothing" interchangeably.  If I wanted to be very precise, I would say that steaming = heating only, while frothing = heating plus introducing air.  A traditional latte is with steamed milk and a little foam while a cappuccino is traditionally 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 foam.

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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 5:23pm
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dan_kehn Said:

If I wanted to be very precise, I would say that steaming = heating only, while frothing = heating plus introducing air.

Posted January 27, 2004 link

I'd say that is correct too. I steam milk for making hot chocolate, but I froth (make microfoam) when I'm making espresso drinks.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 5:56pm
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My budget is about 200 dollars or so. (That is Canadian)
I would like to be able to make cafe lattes,americanos etc.   I also enjoy flavored steamed milk and  I wanted to know if you need some other attachment other than the milk frother to create a steamed milk.  But I guess they are the same thing?  I am new to the world of specialty coffee drinks but am finding myself addicted to them eversince a coffeehouse opened in my tiny little town.  There is a DeLonghi 290 for sale for 129 cdn dollars not sure if this is a good deal or not or if it is even a good machine.  Any information you could give would be appreciated.  
Thank-you for your time

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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 7:26pm
Subject: Re: STEAMING MILK VS FROTHING
 

Laura,

Many of the low-end machines have some sort of frothing device attached to the end of the steam wand.  While they do sometimes assist in introducing air (needed for froth), they are hard to control.  These devices are not found on the higher-end machines.  The attachment is usually removed easily.  I found a photo of this machine, and it looks like the typical "frothing tip".

I can't tell you if it's a good deal, but if your total budget is $200, I doubt you will do much better than this unless you find a better machine in a thrift store (I got my Coffee Gaggia for $15, but it needed work).

If you can answer Dan's questions, perhaps someone can help.

Good luck.
Jack

P.S. - I'd avoid trying to interpret someone's "tone" from a brief posting, especially when you don't know the person.  It's difficult enough to be correct and concise, and near impossible to convey "tone" (unless the writer resorts to "SHOUTING").  It's a great community here, and I think you'll find Jim and others to be most helpful and friendly.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 7:52pm
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thank-you for your help Jack.  I am researching what is the best to buy and am possibly looking at a starbuck barista.  A little pricey but maybe worth it??
Any input would be great.

thanks

PS.    Perhaps "tone" cannot be conveyed in a posting but I stand by what I wrote about using tact.  Mistakes happen and I did not mean to post my message 5 times.  Telling me to take the time to read through the boards instead of posting a question,  is not his concern.  I was looking for clarity on what I had already read.
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