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Frothing Pitchers & Devices - Andrea Watkins's Review
Posted: January 2, 2005, 9:20am
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David-Emil Wickström 8.00
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.8
Product Reviewed: Bodum Chambord Frother
Manufacturer: Bodum Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 9
Price Paid: $20.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Local Store Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 6 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Frabosk Roma Frother, Steamer on Saeco Classico
Bottom Line: As good as real steamed milk but way easier.
Positive Product Points

Easy to use and makes great froth.

Negative Product Points

It's so tall it just barely fits in my microwave.

Detailed Commentary

I have a Saeco Classico but I find steaming milk to be a nuisance.  (Maybe if I had a double boiler machine, I'd feel differently.)   It takes about 5 easy pumps to make perfect frothed milk in the Bodum Chambord Frother.

I read a lot of negative comments on Amazon, so here's my detailed process.

1.) Add cold milk up to the fill line.  It's important to not go over the fill line or the milk will overflow when frothing.  Make sure you read the fill line while at eye level!  The line is perfectly calibrated and even a wee bit extra milk can cause overflowing; overflowing is proportional to overfilling.   Full = enough milk for a double latte.  You can add less milk, but if you fill less than half full you can't froth.  (It's really not as hard at this may sound.  You just have to pay attention the first few times.)
2.) Microwave on high for 1 minute 40 seconds.  (Microwave times will vary of course.  You want to microwave to just before the boil over point.  Luckily once you figure out the right amount of time for your microwave, it will always be the same.  The intial temperature of the milk, ie was it on the counter for 0 minutes or 5, seems to not make a difference.)
3.) Put the lid on.  It's important to position  the long piece of the lid so that it covers the spout.
4.) Place the frother on a solid surface.
5.) Put one hand on the knob of the pump.
6.) Place the other hand at the top of the glass container and wrap your thumb and index finger over the chome top.
7.) Pump about 5 times.  (The amount of pumping depends on how much foam you want.)
8.) Pull plunger up while still holding the lid down.
9.) Hold frother over the sink and remove the lid.  Tilt the lid over the glass container so that any milk held in the frothing screen will drain back into the container.
10.) Rinse the lid/plunger immediately!  (You'll eventually be forced to clean the bits and pieces of the plunger with a toothbrush if you don't.)
11.) Pour the milk into your cup.  I find that if I've heated the milk to the right temperature and pour the frothed milk out within about 3 minutes, then all the milk and foam just slides out.  Very little foam is left behind.  If any is left behind just use a spoon to get it out.
12.) The glass container can go in the dishwasher.  You may need to use a bottle brush on it every week or so to clean out the built-up residue at the very bottom.  (This depends on how picky you are.)

Buying Experience

I bought the milk frother at a local kitchen store.  The clerk tried to be helpful but was completely unsympathetic about the lack of instructions in or on the  box.

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