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Topic: Opinionated milk post and latte art (was RE: No good foam) (2 msgs / 48 lines)
1) From: Jim Schulman
Lubos, Kyle, John, and all other interested readers
Once I month I allow myself a crotchety, opinionated post. September is "I hate skinny 
milk" month.
But seriously: Low fat milk foams easier, but the foam also gets stiff and separated 
easier. For me a good microfoam is easiest with full or overfull (fortified with condensed 
or Jersey cow) milk. But a good frother can get it with just about anything, including soy.
Even if one can't pour Latte Art, the mouthfeel of microfoam is far tastier than that of 
stiff froth. Stiff froth floats atop the espresso and deadens the taste; whereas microfoam 
folds itself into the espresso giving the whole drink a foamy, creamy texture.
About Latte Art: I get microfoam almost every try, but am only batting about .300 with 
hearts or rosettes. The rest of the time, I get what the Intelligentsia Barristas 
laughingly refer to as "Monkey Butts" -- a pattern that begins OK but never develops into 
anything. These barristas, btw, have each done 3 to 4 four hour sessions of doing nothing 
but frothing and pouring to get one drink down (12 oz Latte or 6 oz Cap), then have to do 
another few to get good with the  other. So at home volumes, expect it to take a long time 
even if you're a natural and have had coaching.
Mark Prince says he'll soon be publishing detailed movies of Cafe Artigiano's pouring 
techniques. These will certainly help those working on getting the knack.
Jim
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2) From: Mark Prince
At 09:02 PM 23/09/2002, you wrote:
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I will, but it doesn't look like I can squeeze it in before a(nother) trip 
i'm taking this week. I'm off to Boston Thursday, then Ottawa Sunday, and 
not back in Vancouver till the Friday after. I won't be able to touch that 
article building until that weekend at least. :(
It's creating a buzz, I know, and I feel terrible I can't find the hours in 
the day to work on it right now. The vids are good, and Vince's commentary 
(the fellow who is the latte maestro) are even better.
Mark
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