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Old 10.08.2018, 12:52
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.....Yes, I have a microwave. No, I don't want to use it for this purpose.......
Would you mind telling me why not? I certainly would - is there a special reason?
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Would you mind telling me why not? I certainly would - is there a special reason?
Because I greatly dislike using a microwave for anything except defrosting frozen food or re-heating previously cooked food. That's all there is to it.
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Old 10.08.2018, 14:10
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Because I greatly dislike using a microwave for anything except defrosting frozen food or re-heating previously cooked food. That's all there is to it.
I would have thought that recently investing in a coffee machine with a steam wand would have been a valid enough reason to use that, rather than a microwave, to make frothy milk.
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I would have thought that recently investing in a coffee machine with a steam wand would have been a valid enough reason to use that, rather than a microwave, to make frothy milk.
Yeah, I know. I wrote several replies before I chose the one that appeared least condescending and that I hoped wouldn't prompt another set of silly questions.
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I would have thought that recently investing in a coffee machine with a steam wand would have been a valid enough reason to use that, rather than a microwave, to make frothy milk.
He's complaining that the frothing capabilities of his recently-acquired-and-soon-to-be-returned coffee machine are below par. Hence the helpful suggestion to warm and froth the milk in an alternative fashion.

Now that Richdog has made the momentous discovery that coffee made from freshly ground shredded coffee beans is indescribably better than that made from pre-packaged pods, he is branching out into the wonderful world of milk froth assessment.
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Old 10.08.2018, 14:47
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He's complaining that the frothing capabilities of his recently-acquired-and-soon-to-be-returned coffee machine are below par. Hence the helpful suggestion to warm and froth the milk in an alternative fashion.
To be fair, even given my teething problems with the milk frother, the thought of using a microwave to heat my milk as part of my morning coffee process is abhorrent even to someone of my new and inexperienced wannabe-barrista status. Just... no.
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Old 10.08.2018, 14:59
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To be fair, even given my teething problems with the milk frother, the thought of using a microwave to heat my milk as part of my morning coffee process is abhorrent even to someone of my new and inexperienced wannabe-barrista status. Just... no.
Oh noooo, don't get 22yards going on the microwave
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To be fair, even given my teething problems with the milk frother, the thought of using a microwave to heat my milk as part of my morning coffee process is abhorrent even to someone of my new and inexperienced wannabe-barrista status. Just... no.
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Oh noooo, don't get 22yards going on the microwave
Too late.

There are only two reasons to find heating milk in a microwave abhorrent. Ignorance (leading to tinfoil-hattery), and.... Nope, just one reason.

I strongly suggest that you never venture into the kitchen of even the most upmarket kitchens. It could be too much for your constitution.
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Old 10.08.2018, 15:37
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And the end is nowhere near: Now I need cappuccino cups, definitely, nice bulbous cups with a big surface for my milk-foam. <sigh>
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And the end is nowhere near: Now I need cappuccino cups, definitely, nice bulbous cups with a big surface for my milk-foam. <sigh>
No idea about your style, but how about this? They are sold as teacups but we use these at our weekender for cappuccinos. If you'd like an extra-oversized cup, there's also this. Both hold coffee remarkably well and the great news is, they're future-proof: they can go in the microwave as well as the dishwasher!

Or you can supersize, to the extra-huge French-style hot chocolate breakfast bowl/cups, for overwhelming amounts of foamed milk.

ETA: Or maybe that larger size that I linked is the supersized version. I can't tell, they all look the same to me and I don't have mine to hand to measure.
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Old 10.08.2018, 16:17
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No idea about your style, but how about this? They are sold as teacups but we use these at our weekender for cappuccinos. If you'd like an extra-oversized cup, there's also this.
Do you hold out your pinky when you drink from those cups? Cuz sorry but they look far too... dainty for a robust cup of coffee.
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Do you hold out your pinky when you drink from those cups? Cuz sorry but they look far too... dainty for a robust cup of coffee.
Cappuccino! Not that revolting brewed, stewed American stuff!

Here's what you need for that muck:

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Too late.

There are only two reasons to find heating milk in a microwave abhorrent. Ignorance (leading to tinfoil-hattery), and.... Nope, just one reason.

I strongly suggest that you never venture into the kitchen of even the most upmarket kitchens. It could be too much for your constitution.
If you love your microwave I am happy for you, but I just do not like using them unless I have to. They are not what I 100% subjectively perceive as being in the spirit of food or drink production and in the end I gain zero enjoyment or satisfaction from using it, something which matters to me in my culinary life. It doesn't bother me and I don't give it a second thought, so there is no reason why it should bother you either.
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Ancap make great espresso & cappuccino cups/saucers from Italy
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If you love your microwave I am happy for you, but I just do not like using them unless I have to. They are not what I 100% subjectively perceive as being in the spirit of food or drink production and in the end I gain zero enjoyment or satisfaction from using it, something which matters to me in my culinary life. It doesn't bother me and I don't give it a second thought, so there is no reason why it should bother you either.
Quite right too. Electric and gas stoves, and other such modern inventions, aren't really in the spirit either. There's nothing like a good cycad and fernleaf fire for the preparation of roasted diprotodon!
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No idea about your style, but how about this? They are sold as teacups but we use these at our weekender for cappuccinos. If you'd like an extra-oversized cup, there's also this. Both hold coffee remarkably well and the great news is, they're future-proof: they can go in the microwave as well as the dishwasher!

Or you can supersize, to the extra-huge French-style hot chocolate breakfast bowl/cups, for overwhelming amounts of foamed milk.

ETA: Or maybe that larger size that I linked is the supersized version. I can't tell, they all look the same to me and I don't have mine to hand to measure.
future-proof, huh?
Well the ones you linked are not my cup of tea I'm more into simple, straight lines. But thanks.
I already got a couple of super-sized ones but they really are huge = not always appropriate. I'll just keep my eyes open. I looked for espressi-cups for a long time and found some really lovely ones ...... in the Turkish shop. For peanuts. Never saw the exact same type again in that shop since, guess I was really lucky.
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Quite right too. Electric and gas stoves, and other such modern inventions, aren't really in the spirit either. There's nothing like a good cycad and fernleaf fire for the preparation of roasted diprotodon!
Precisely!
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Re: Coffee Machine recommendation ?

Ok, update:

Finally figured out what is causing my MF (Milk Frother) issues. My MF switc, when switched on, initially feels like it has stopped fully. However, whether a design flaw or not, you can afterwards actually twist it a bit further and then it starts reliably hissing out the steam.

As a result, combined with my watching the Youtube MF tips videos, I have now got to the stage where I can reliably and consistently churn out a decent cappucino. I am grinding enough coffee for 2 days and sealing it in a small airtight spice jar (clean and fresh 22y, no spice residues ) to minimise my morning inconvenience.

Also ordered a set of these bad boys https://www.amazon.co.uk/BODUM-4559-.../dp/B00076ZD36

All in all, now extremely happy and looking forward to getting my milk frothing jug and manual burr grinder to get more taste and practise some milk art.
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Also ordered a set of these bad boys https://www.amazon.co.uk/BODUM-4559-.../dp/B00076ZD36

All in all, now extremely happy and looking forward to getting my milk frothing jug and manual burr grinder to get more taste and practise some milk art.
I have medium and large pavina double glasses and love them. Great for hot and cold use. If you drop one on the floor, be prepared for a lot of glass shards...shatter like crazy.
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Yeah I read that too... I shall try not to drop them (famous last words).
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