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Teknikker

Da jeg gikk fra Rancilio Silvia til E2K junior oppdaget jeg fort at den er litt annerledes å steame melk med. Grunnprinsippene er likevel fortsatt de samme. Som med alle maskiner er det en overgangsperiode der man justerer teknikken litt før melken atter er blank og fin.


Full av forbausende tiltakslyst brukte jeg litt av søndag formiddag til å lage en kort filmsnutt (quicktime, 320*240,ca 7MB) der jeg steamet melk til min cappuccino. Kanskje kan den være med og illustrere noe når det gjelder E2K-melkesteaming, og da særlig plassering av tuppen i overflaten. Beklager den litt kontante stoppen på slutten. Jeg har ikke lært fade out i videoredigeringsprogrammet mitt ennå :)

Alexander har allerede skrevet en beskrivelse av steaming med Rancilio Siliva som absolutt er verdt å sjekke ut. Her er en forklaring på engelsk som jeg postet på coffeegeek.com for en god stund siden:

  • Cold pitcher (from the fridge) and cold milk (3,9% fat in my case, but 1.5 % or 2% is fine too)
  • Fill pitcher about 40% full
  • Open steam valve and give a quick burst to get out any water in the wand.
  • Close valve
  • Submerge wand deep in the pitcher
  • Open valve fully
  • Quickly move to the surface and to one of the sides. Moving to one of the sides enhances the whirlwind motion/circulation of the milk. Be very careful to place tip so it barely breaks the surface. You'll hear a slurping sound or tssst tsst. Keep this placement and sound while the milk expands in volume. This means you'll have to lower the pitcher slowly, but you'll do that automatically to keep the placement. If you place the tip too high you'll get soap bubbles, too low and the milk will only heat and not expand. Keep one hand on the pitcher all the time to feel the temperature. When you feel it is about body temp, move the tip deeper so the milk only circulates. Close the valve when you can no longer touch the pitcher because it is too warm, or maybe do some extra seconds without touching it if you like your milk warmer. Wipe the wand let out a short burst to get milk out of the wand
  • Bang the pitcher on the counter and swirl the milk a bit.

That is about it.

PS! steaming with cold water is a nice and cheap way to practice the placing of the tip and too see how the liquid moves in relation to where you place it.