My daughter in law just received a Nespresso milk foaming machine for her birthday. Now I know Nestle gets no respect around here and I know they have pretty much earned their lack of respect, however this thing appears to be fairly well made. It appears to have a heating element and a stirring blade. You put milk into it and turn it on and supposedly you get micro-foam.
If this thing is for real why would I consider a move up from my Silvia to an HX machine and why are we bothering to perfect our milk steaming technique?
I own one. It's called the Aerocino (or at least one model is). It comes with two different "frothing" attachments - which are held in place by a magnet. One of them, the better one, is a whisk, similar to the mini whisk you see on the hand held battery powered Bodum frothing tool. However, it's a lot better because the unit also heats the milk while frothing it (of course, it costs 4 times as much too).
I have this unit in my office at work, so that I can provide frothed milk for drinks from my Twist. It does a pretty good job, but like Nobby said, the foam is not up to par with real microfoam and there's no way you can do latte art with it, as it's dense enough to form peaks and stand up on its own. It's a pretty good travel frother though, as you can just plug it in, add milk, and push a button, and it's easy to clean.
. Always remember the most important thing is what ends up in your cup!
I've got one of these too. Works well for someone that doesn't either have a steam wand or hasn't learned one yet. There are 2 wisks, one for finer foam (cappuccino) and a second for less dense foam (latte). The wisks whip up more or less of the milk into foam while heating. It will only heat for 1 drink at a time. Great little devices for people that don't have a real espresso machine and steam wand.
As far as the quality of the milk.... Well, it's as good as $tarbuck$ milk I would guess. Not creamy, rich, smooth, perfection that we can make with a real steam wand. Still a decent tool for those without.
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