bento Senior Member Joined: 10 Mar 2009 Posts: 11 Location: Armstrong Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu May 21, 2009, 6:26pm Subject: Re: Which type/brand stovetop steamer does microfoam?
I'm not entirely sure that this brand can do microfoam, although my guess is that it would be capable. I found an old bialetti stovetop steamer at Salvation Army for about $4 and it can certainly do microfoam. I've also used a Benjamin & Medwin stovetop espresso machine/steamer and it too can do microfoam, although this requires a bit more practice.
Here's a few pointers: Get the steam pressure going almost as high as you can. This will help with incorporating the foam into the milk. Use a small pitcher... either a 10 or 12 oz. This will help compensate for less steam pressure. Don't be too aggressive with the foam..
And yes, you can certainly do latte art with a stovetop setup. It's a good, cheap way to learn the basics of steaming milk... with a little bit of latte art .
I'm guessing you mean something like a Krups Bravo? Besides the negatives a tiny boiler bring, I also am looking for wife approval on this. If I'm 'going getto' setting up a ugly half used mini espresso machine on the counter that will only be used to steam milk may not fly as well as a whisk wand that I can put in a drawer.
On the other hand if there's a nice full use stainless steamer that can be cupboarded I'd be willing to spend some more dough. That's why I was thinking of the Bellman.
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