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La Cafetiere Bialetti Tuttocrema Frothing Jug
Author Name: superness11
La Cafetiere Bialetti Tuttocrema Frothing Jug
Advantages: simple to use
Disadvantages: hard to clea
I enjoy a good cup of coffee but cappuccinos in the home are very hard to achieve. I have dabbled with coffee machines that use pods; this results in a pathetic couple of centimetres of grey foam and have tried one of those mini electric milk frothing sticks; hours later my milk is simply "well stirred."
Both my partner and I got really into Gal„os when visiting relatives in Portugal. A Gal„o is very similar to the Italian Capuccino except it is served in a tall glass and has more coffee; there is about one quarter coffee to 3 quarters foamed milk; very delicious.
Alas, our dreams of creating these delicious coffees in our home were dashed as we simply do not have the room to have a proper coffee machine installed. You can pick up a second hand, good quality Gaggia for less than £200, but there is nowhere to plumb it in. Nevertheless, we moved on and I purchased a Moka Express Hob espresso maker and discovered a new passion for rich espressos, simply perfect for giving that hit of caffeine on a Monday morning! Whilst searching the internet for a new stand for my espresso maker, I saw this Bialetti Tuttocrema Frothing Jug. I am very familiar with the Bialetti brand; they were behind my beloved espresso maker, so despite my pessimism, I decided to give one a try.
I paid £39.99 from John Lewis online and a few days later, it arrived through the post, complimented with an instruction booklet. How complicated was this going to be? It is not complicated at all. the jug is simple in design and very simple to use.
*A quick look at the jug*
The foaming jug is made from aluminium and has a plastic lid and pump at the top. At the side is a plastic handle that does not get hot, so you can take a good firm hold of it.
Once you remove the lid, you are ready to pour the milk into the jug. Obviously to make the best foam you need hot milk so you can either heat your milk up in the jug or heat it separately and pour it in. As the jug is metal you cannot heat it in the microwave. I have used a stand and heated the jug on the hob but the mess at the bottom of the jog afterwards was a nightmare to get off. Milk skin sticks to non-stick surfaces! I find it easier and less messy to heat the milk in the microwave and then pour it into the jug.
*A good firm hand*
On looking at the jug, it is quite puzzling at first how it is going to turn your milk into delicious foam. The secret is in the lid. In the lid attached to the knob at the top are two circular layers of mesh. Now the magic is in the pumping; this swirls the milk around very fast; similar to how a whisk works but faster and the fine mesh puts air into the milk, ultimately resulting in foam.
As you pump the knob up and down it is important to hold the jug with your other hand, I tend to push down on the lid with my other hand as holding the handle does not keep it as still as I want and some hot milk can escape causing burnt fingertips.
It doesn't take too long to product the foam and you can feel the difference in the movement of the handle when you know it is ready. No arm ache involved!
It was trial and error at first with how much milk to use but the machine does need to be at least a quarter full of milk for it to foam at all. Disappointingly there is always around an inch of milk left in the bottom after making drinks as this just doesn't turn, no matter how long I make my boyfriend sit there pumping it!
*Tastes so good*
The consistency of the foam is always spot on and you can really get beautiful looking, billowing clouds of foam dolloped on the coffee. I love sitting in the garden, with my book and enjoying a delicious cappuccino or Gal„o. You know the drink works when you take a sip and the result is a foam moustache!
Ah, the downside to such a wonderful device. Having one of these coffees is a luxury and a rare treat because I hate cleaning the jug! Firstly, the exterior scratches so easily that I do not really like putting it in the dishwasher and secondly, the mesh filters are really hard to clean. They need a good soak or they start to smell like stale milk. The jug needs a good clean out, but luckily the non stick surface tends to make this quite easy; unless I heat the milk in it in the first place, then it take a lot of scrubbing. The trick is to get it into soak straight away.
The price of a Starbucks cappuccino has hit over the £2.00 mark. For the price of 20 Starbucks coffees you can have your very own foamer and make your very own speciality coffees. Mix it up, add syrups and experiment with different flavours there is so much choice available. I never thought I would be able to make foam as easily as this little jug can; it really is as simple as it sounds. The only downsides come afterwards when you need to clean the thing!
Summary: posh coffee in your own home!
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