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Aerolatte Milk Frother
Member Name: 2night
Aerolatte Milk Frother
Date: 25/02/12, updated on 28/08/12 (130 review reads)
Advantages: Quick as can be
Disadvantages: Not very powerful
I got one of these for free nearly ten years ago by collecting the labels off jars of Maxwell house instant coffee. In fact i got four of them as well as three silver frames and three digital organisers. I was a teenager at the time and my family were drinking quite a lot of coffee.
And here I am now FAR more handsome than I was then reviewing it ten years later. It still works by the way. The Aerolatte name is faded quite a bit but the product itself still works just as well as it did the first day it arrived in the post. It's a very simple little thing intended to be used to froth up hot milk in order to be placed on top of the coffee of your choice. It came with a simple, little, one page leaflet of instructions and suggestions. It requires 2 AA batteries that were included at the time, I don't know if they still are with the recession and all that. The batteries are inserted into the body of the whisk by removing the black plastic cover from the base. It has only one, chunky, black button that slides up to turn the whisks on and you guessed it, slides down to turn them off.
There is a long, thin needle like spindle that you can't remove to wash (more about that later) and on the end of that spindle you will find the little whisk head, it's very small and resembles a mini Brillo pad with it's intertwined metal strands. This spins frantically when turned on and creates a cyclone within the cup or mug.
They recommend warming full fat milk in the microwave for thirty seconds then place the airolate head down to the bottom of the mug and then turn it on. If you turn it on before placing it in to the mug the liquid will splash absolutely everywhere once it makes contact with it. This will also happen if you lift the whisk head too near the surface of the liquid. Once the whisk is at the bottom of the mug and I've switched it on, I then lift it slowly up and down, only coming half way up the mug. With in a second or two the cyclone appears and the milk begins to froth.
The reason they suggest using full fat milk is that it froths much quicker and holds it's froth for much longer. Low fat milk does froth up but looses its froth quite quickly. I don't mind using full fat milk as I can make my coffee on low fat and the froth on top only makes up around a desert spoonful of milk, so nothing really worth worrying about and the results are so much better. The Aerolatte can also be used for childed drinks and works on cream too but it has to be very little cream in the bottom of a cup in order for it to thicken up quickly.
The batteries last quite a long time as each use only takes a few seconds. The fact that the whisk is permanently attached to the unit means the only way to clean it is by placing the whisk head in to soapy water and Turing it on. This takes no time at all and works like a dream. The body of the airolata is of a chrome effect covered plastic but wipes clean very easily.
It's as simple as can be this handy little battery powered whisk. It works well and has outlived lots of other gadgets and gizmo's that have come and gone over the last ten years.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
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Summary: Fun little gadget, not very powerful but cheaper than one of those fancy coffee machines