It’s Friday! Today, I’m going to try something new. Well, everything is still new for me at this point. I’m going to turn on some Kenny G while I pull some shots. Oh, and remember when I mentioned S’ coworkers that love coffee? Well, one of them, I will call him “The Coffee Enabler”, gave us a tip on minimizing big bubbles while frothing the milk. Well, I’m going to give it a shot. 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. I take my first “bite”: grind, tamp, pull. 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. 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. 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. 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? Turning on that pressure with a towel. 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. 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. I usually see the milk double in size, this time it was only 50%. Going to have to try this a few more times to get the hang of it. Also, a thermometer is becoming more and more of a necessity for this frothing business.
I call this one, “The One that Defeated Me.” Tip for myself tomorrow morning: Get in your frothing zone. I noticed that I was keeping the wand deep in the milk rather than placing it near the top. Tomorrow is another day!
Happy Friday everyone!