It’s Friday! Â Today, I’m going to try something new. Â Well, everything is still new for me at this point. Â I’m going to turn on some Kenny G while I pull some shots. Â Oh, and remember when I mentioned Â S’ coworkers that love coffee? Â Well, one of them, I will call him “The Coffee Enabler”, gave us a tip on minimizing big bubbles while frothing the milk. Â Well, I’m going to give it a shot. Â It can’t get any worse for me in the frothing department, I’d say.
I woke up this morning, with that old Folger’s jingle, “The best part of waking up…”, but it finished with “is communist coffee in your cup.” Yeh, left a bad taste in my mouth, so let’s put a good espresso taste there!
It started like any old Man vs. Food challenge. Â I take my first “bite”: grind, tamp, pull. Â That first bite was easy, my inner narrative would say. Take a look at it today.
This is when it gets a little more difficult. Â So, the new tip that The Coffee Enabler gave us was to try releasing the initial pressure in the milk frothing valve for 5 seconds. Â I had initially done it for a second to release any excess water that was trapped in there, but I guess that’s not enough time. Â The idea is that the initial pressure in the valve will be very high, which is likely to be the cause of the huge bubbles.
Yeh, I know, what a man, right? Â Turning on that pressure with a towel. Â I’m not going to mention that I burned myself 3 times, oh, wait… I guess I did. But, I won’t mention that I let out an ‘eek’ the first time. Â This is when Adam Richman says, “And then the wall…”
Yes, it did minimize the larger bubbles, but I didn’t froth enough of the milk. Â I usually see the milk double in size, this time it was only 50%. Â Going to have to try this a few more times to get the hang of it. Â Also, a thermometer is becoming more and more of a necessity for this frothing business.
I call this one, “The One that Defeated Me.” Â Tip for myself tomorrow morning: Get in your frothing zone. Â I noticed that I was keeping the wand deep in the milk rather than placing it near the top. Â Tomorrow is another day!
Happy Friday everyone!