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Frothing Pitchers & Devices - Matt Stvartak's Review
Posted: March 17, 2009, 8:47pm
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David-Emil Wickström 8.00
Curt Yamamoto 7.66
Jordan Weaver 7.50
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.6
Product Reviewed: Caffe Froth Maximus
Manufacturer: Bonjour Quality: 7
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $29.99 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: William Sanoma Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 week Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: Effortless frothed milk, easy clean up, and takes only seconds. If only the glass carafe was made better this Bonjour Milk Frother could get a 10.
Positive Product Points

+ Fill to the fill line with warm/hot milk and it only takes <20 pumps to fully froth. I pumped mine less because I don't care for froth as thick as whipped cream.
+ Effortlessly pumps. My grandmother could do it.
+ Makes a good fine foam. Perfect for a cappuccino or macchiato.
+ Brushed steel and glass gives it that classy contemporary look.
+ Clean up is quick and easy, but always hand wash it.
+ Comes with a nice long spoon to help scoop out that stubborn bit of foam on the bottom.

Negative Product Points

- Glass on the carafe could be a bit thicker. I would compare the thickness to a big test tube....quite delicate.
- For $30 I would have expected a tad better construction on the actual frothing wand. The mech tends to get a little bent up.
- $30, yes I know I went to William Sanoma of all places but I work in the mall and it was right there.

Detailed Commentary

I own a Mr. Coffee ECMP50, an entry level espresso machine with a 15 bar pump. It brews a fantastic cup of espresso with the proper amount of crema on top. We've had the machine since December and it still brews great espresso with little effort that tastes great. On the other hand the frothing wand stopped working after about two months. Now take mind I would wash this machine after every single use because my family used to own a coffee shop and I know that those cheap frothing wands get clogged easily. I went to fix it and to my dismay when opened the tube going to the steam bay had mold in it because it doesn't drain properly, poor design.

Needless to say I took off the frothing wand and went out and got this little wonder. Yes $30 is a bit much but my birthday had just passed and I had set aside a little spending money and microwaved non-foamy milk was not cutting it. I opened the nicely designed box and it was packaged well with plenty of padding, a little recipe sheet with directions, a rubber coaster, a spoon, the carafe, and the frothing wand. All of it was constructed well, the wand is heavy and well made even though the mesh can get a little bent out of shape. The only complaint is that the glass carafe feels very very delicate. It is much thinner than a $30 carafe should be. I would recommend only hand washing it and never leaving it around standing upside down to dry.

Easy setup as it claims is true. I heated up my milk, poured into the carafe, and in an effortless 10-15 full pumps later (about 20 seconds) I had a full carafe of thick perfectly foamy milk for my cappuccino. It stayed nice and hot during the foaming process and easily scooped out into my cup. Before washing I would recommend letting it cool down or take the risk of having too hot/too cold water crack the glass. Not a risk I;d take with $30.

On a final note, this was a worthy purchase. The milk is not saturated with leaked steamer water and it takes far less time. Until I can afford a nice machine with a cool milk steaming system this will work out fantastically. I would recommend this to anyone wanted effortless perfect froth every time. Also on a note I used fat free milk, 2% also works well.

Buying Experience

God buying experience. Went to William Sanoma which I really do not care for since they are horribly over priced but it was not bad. Only paid $5 over the Amazon price. I would definately recommend this product.

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