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# 177874 17-Aug-2015 14:36
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I am not a coffee snob, I cannot tell if cafe bought coffee is great or bad, I cannot tell the difference between most flavours and I don't seem to be in need of a caffeine fix...ever.....but, I love making coffee. Probably a left-over from my uni/chemistry days, I enjoy the many methods of making the stuff and I drink it most days. Similar to buyers-remorse on that bit of tech I didn’t really need…once the coffee is in the cup I lose much interest. For now I do enjoy trying different methods and trying to perfect a process that others tell me makes a nice ‘cup’. At home I favour a Bialetti stove top (4 cup) + Bellman milk frother

At work I use either a standard French press plunger or an aeropress. Of these methods I enjoy the aeropress the most. I especially love the millions of overly specific recipes(methods) of using it to create a cup of coffee. The one thing I cannot do right at work is heat the milk (should I be making that kind of coffee) as there is no stove for a steamer. I have a goldair heater/frother but it has a tendency to burn the milk on one side (probably from me dropping it at some point), for those of you out there that choose to make their own coffee at work and have milk with it…what methods do you use to heat the milk?




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  # 1367966 17-Aug-2015 14:42
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Push the button on the coffee machine personally.  Don't have time/space/facilities at work for a DIY approach.  Quicker to pop over the road to the cafe if a serious coffee is needed.  




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  # 1367967 17-Aug-2015 14:42
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Nespresso milk frother :-)




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  # 1367968 17-Aug-2015 14:44
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n4: Nespresso milk frother :-)


you can recommend it? have you used it long? does it burn in any way....what is the build quality like....I have abusive sausage fingers.




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  # 1367997 17-Aug-2015 15:17
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fizzychicken:
n4: Nespresso milk frother :-)


you can recommend it? have you used it long? does it burn in any way....what is the build quality like....I have abusive sausage fingers.


I can recommend it. I don't use it daily, but on the weekends I will often make a cappuccino. Have had it for 3.5 years.

It is an Aeroccinno3 and heats/whisks the milk in a non-stick coated vessel; cleaning is dead easy – I rinse with hot water, take the whisk out and rinse it, rinse the Aeroccinno again and then dry. I try hard to not wet the outside of the device. Too easy.

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  # 1368067 17-Aug-2015 16:10
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fizzychicken:
n4: Nespresso milk frother :-)


you can recommend it? have you used it long? does it burn in any way....what is the build quality like....I have abusive sausage fingers.


I can recommend it. I don't use it daily, but on the weekends I will often make a cappuccino. Have had it for 3.5 years.

It is an Aeroccinno3 and heats/whisks the milk in a non-stick coated vessel; cleaning is dead easy – I rinse with hot water, take the whisk out and rinse it, rinse the Aeroccinno again and then dry. I try hard to not wet the outside of the device. Too easy.


Yes. Have only had it a few months, but usually only wash/rinse it out. About once a week I use a brush. Pretty solid so far, well made. I've seen older ones, biggest issue is that milk can get 'burnt' onto the non-stick coating where the element is, I assume this is a result of not rinsing properly. Doesn't stop it working.




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  # 1368071 17-Aug-2015 16:17
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Yes. Have only had it a few months, but usually only wash/rinse it out. About once a week I use a brush. Pretty solid so far, well made. I've seen older ones, biggest issue is that milk can get 'burnt' onto the non-stick coating where the element is, I assume this is a result of not rinsing properly. Doesn't stop it working.


Ahhh thats what happens in my current one and it is annoying if you are making multiple cups from it as the burning just gets worse and makes the milk taste wierd, I was hoping there was going to be an alternative method people use, at the moment I am leaning towards simple microwave warm and use the aerolatte to froth.




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  # 1368078 17-Aug-2015 16:35
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Yes. Have only had it a few months, but usually only wash/rinse it out. About once a week I use a brush. Pretty solid so far, well made. I've seen older ones, biggest issue is that milk can get 'burnt' onto the non-stick coating where the element is, I assume this is a result of not rinsing properly. Doesn't stop it working.


Ahhh thats what happens in my current one and it is annoying if you are making multiple cups from it as the burning just gets worse and makes the milk taste wierd, I was hoping there was going to be an alternative method people use, at the moment I am leaning towards simple microwave warm and use the aerolatte to froth.


Just wipe out the nespresso one with a damp cloth after each use. If you do that it doesn't burn. I think they only burn if you allow the milk to dry in it. Our staffroom one gets used every day and it looks like it did the exciting day we got it




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  # 1368110 17-Aug-2015 17:24
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Yes. Have only had it a few months, but usually only wash/rinse it out. About once a week I use a brush. Pretty solid so far, well made. I've seen older ones, biggest issue is that milk can get 'burnt' onto the non-stick coating where the element is, I assume this is a result of not rinsing properly. Doesn't stop it working.


Ahhh thats what happens in my current one and it is annoying if you are making multiple cups from it as the burning just gets worse and makes the milk taste wierd, I was hoping there was going to be an alternative method people use, at the moment I am leaning towards simple microwave warm and use the aerolatte to froth.


I might have overstated it - it's not burnt per se (more of a small brown area), and its a pretty small patch (about 1square cm). Didn't impact the taste so that I would notice. So far I have not seen any sign of it on ours and its in daily use over 5 months.




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  # 1368132 17-Aug-2015 18:11
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For normal 'keep me awake while I am working' coffee, a cafetiere of Jeds Number 5 beans ground as required does the job. I do not bother with frothy milk - just cold Anchor out of the fridge!

For posher coffee we use our Nespresso which does have a milk attachment that can be removed and kept in the fridge. SWAMBO likes frothy milk so she enjoys that - I never bother.

It annoys me a bit it won't do proper macchiato - just a tiny blob of froth - as I don't mind that.





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  # 1368147 17-Aug-2015 18:59
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Have you considered switching to filter roast coffee and forgoing milk? IMO an Aeropress is best with filter coffee not espresso roast..

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  # 1368157 17-Aug-2015 19:31
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If it's for work and you can get the boss to "invest" you can get some automatic ones that do a good job. Pour milk in and wait a bit. Then add to coffee. You can get variable sized ones. We used to have a Jura one which was great (sort of like a water cooler thing, you just pressed the tap button). They seem to have discontinued it though in favour of their Capresso line. Doesn't really make sense for just one cup at a time though.

On the subject of making coffee as part of a chemistry project, have you tried/watched a siphon coffee? *Sooo* cool. Makes the geek in my heart sing.

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  # 1368162 17-Aug-2015 19:42
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So let my fingers doing some walking around the internets, and I am thinking that 30secs in the microwave will no longer cut it, not when I could have frothy warm milk. Have narrowed it down to the Dualit and the nespresso one.

Any thoughts on either?

Interesting to note that the nespresso one is cheaper on their site than Amazon (£49 vs £78). The dualit can be had for £44 so no real price difference.

One other comment I read was about the minor need for a pouring spout?

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  # 1368163 17-Aug-2015 19:43
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mdf:  have you tried/watched a siphon coffee? *Sooo* cool. Makes the geek in my heart sing.


Seconded.  It's how I make my morning coffee every day.  Grind the beans by hand while it pushes the water up ready for steeping.  It's become somewhat of a ritual for me.

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  # 1368164 17-Aug-2015 19:44
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An intravenous coffee drip feed at each desk :)




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  # 1368334 18-Aug-2015 08:05
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Anyone tried cold brewing using a Toddy?





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