Let me start by saying, I mostly enjoy my coffee black, so I rarely need to reach for milk, but when I do, or when I see others preparing milk for their cappuccino or flat white, this one single tip almost always improves the texture of the milk, and the flavour of the coffee.
Do you remember that sound of milk being frothed by some actor on TV? Its sounds a lot like "Pssshhhht...Pssshhhht...Pssshhhht..." as they plung the tip of the steam wand in and out of the milk pitcher. That same motion can be seen at most non-cafe restaurants as they prepare their milk pitcher of milk for your flat white. The problem with all that plunging and action, is that you end up with a very bubbly and soap-suds like consistency to your milk. It ends up being very thick on top from bubbles, and very thin and watery underneath. When you addd that to you your espresso base, you end up with what I like to refer to as a thin cup of coffee.
silky smooth microfoam makes a delicious cappucinno or flat white
The secret to producing great microfoam, which is realy what you want, lots and lots of tiny bubbles all through your milk, making a thick and silky smooth texture is to "steam the milk with the tip only gently breaking the surface until the milik gets to 30c (close to body temp by touch), and then to plunge the steam wans INTO the milk pitcher, and if you can, try to make a whirlpool effect" (be careful not to make too much of a whirlpool, or you risk sucking in more air, creating that Pssshhhht...Pssshhhht... noise and fluffing up your milk too much).
At first attempt, it may not seem like this method will work, but it will, and with a little practice, you will be producing delicious silky smooth milk to pour into your coffee base. When you pour microfoam, you will instantly notice a difference in the pour, and the sound of the pour - it appears thicker, and more consistently textured.
Let me know what you think in the comments or if this method has helped you.
Try Chai Latte Free with your Coffee. Free Sample of Natures Chai instant Chai Latte
With the cooler weather rolling in, I have been enjoying deliciously creamy Natures Chai instant chai latte, and I would like to share some with you for Free. Natures Chai Instant Chai latte sachets is made from whole herbs, spice and raw sugar, ground to an instant formula, with no added extras. Gluten free, Preservative free, Dairy free and Caffeine free. The ingredients are 100% natural. To prepare Chai Spice instant chai latte, mix into warmed milk, or use your espresso machine milk steamer to produce a luxurious Chai Latte. The flavour is 100% authentic. Available in packs of ten sachets, or 400g resealable containers. Until the end of April, every order will receive a free sample of Natures Chai instant Chai Latte. Bean Scene Magazine giveaway
Last month I ran a mini giveaway calling for the answer to "who is in this picture" - a photoshoped image of Borat with my face overlayed. I recieved a massive response, with pretty much all of your emails making me laugh. In response, I have been sending out free copies of Bean Scene Magazine and will continue to do so randomly until they are all distributed. Your free e-book "Make perfect espresso"
Incase you dont already have your copy of the free ebook, you can download it here James will be driving the Endevour Car Rally to raise $500,000 for people with a disability
On 9 July, the charity 'Love Boat' - a Ford LTD, built in 1978 will depart from Toowoomba Queensland, and hopefully, will travel 4,000 kms over 10 days through western Queensland and North Queensland into the heart of the Gulf of Carpentaria, before traveling back to Yeppoon.
and its crew
will not be alone, for this is the 25th year of The Great Endeavour
. Over the past 24 years, this unique event has witnessed people from all walks of life participate - husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, mates, girlfriends and the never ending list goes on.
Participants have one common cause - helping Endeavour Foundation
raise as much money and awareness as possible, to provide opportunities for people with a disabilities.
Explore the web-site http://charityloveboat.net
to learn about the event, the Endeavour Foundation, the car and its crew, the individuals and firms that have generously provided sponsorship
to cover fuel and other running costs, and how you too can help us all reach the target of $500,000 raised for the Endeavour Foundation
And don't forget to visit again between July 9th and 19th; telecommunications permitting we'll provide updates as to our progress on the Great Endeavour. http://charityloveboat.net
Natures Chai Instant Chai latte sachets is made from whole herbs, spice and raw sugar, ground to an instant formula, with no added extras. Gluten free, Preservative free, Dairy free and Caffeine free. The ingredients are 100% natural. To prepare Chai Spice instant chai latte, mix into warmed milk, or use your espresso machine milk steamer to produce a luxurious Chai Latte. The flavour is 100% authentic. Available in packs of ten sachets, or 400g resealable containers.Learn more or read reviews about Chai Spice Instant >>Save up to 25% extra by subscribing to regular deliveries >>Save 40% extra by purchasing 6kg >>
Welcome to episode two of the Bay Beans video podcast. In this episode we talk about two types of chai tea, Chai Spice Instant and Chai Spice Authentic. Let me know
what you would like to see in future episodes. Comment on this podcast
or watch archived video podcasts.
I am proud to announce the arrival of two new products to the Bay Beans store; Chai Spice Authentic
and Chai Spice Instant.
Chai Spice Instant
is made from whole herbs, spice and raw sugar, ground to an instant formula, with no added extras. The ingredients are 100% natural. To prepare Chai Spice instant, mix into warmed milk, or use your espresso machine milk steamer to produce a luxurious Chai Latte. The flavour is 100% authentic.
Chai Spice Authentic
aroma is divine! When you open the pack, you will instantly notice that this really is authentic chai. You can see the Cinnamon, Star Anise, Cardamom, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cloves, Black Pepper and bay Leaves. Chai Spice is a deliciously natural product. Chunky chai mix is made from whole spices, free from any artificial flavours, preservatives or sugars. If you would prefer an instant chai, try our Chai Spice Instant
How to make two cups of Authentic Chai Spice
- Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan.
- Add one tablespoon of chai spice and sliced fresh ginger for extra warmth if desired.
- simmer gently for five to ten minutes, reducing the liquid to half
- Add two cups of milk (soy, dairy or rice milk etc) and reheat without boiling
- strain the liquid into two cups
- chai spice is best sweetened with honey or raw sugar
- serve hot or cold
Looking inside a can of authentic Chai Spice.
We are proud to announce the arrival of a new Australian product to Bay Beans - Bondi Chai.
A blend of comfort spices with the added richness of vanilla and the natural warmth and sweetness of honey. Makes 25 serves.
Bondi Chai is a seriously delicious, creamy-smooth blend of milk, black tea, honey, vanilla and exotic 'comfort' spices which tastes superb and is 'almost addictive' - usually served latte-style. Because it’s a powder, Bondi Chai is very versatile and easy to use and stores in its foil packs for at least 2 years. 'Chai' is the generic word for tea in many Asian and middle-east countries. In India it is a brewed, spiced, milky tea that was created for the Kings of India and has since become ‘India’s gift to the world’!
Bondi Chai is Australia’s own Gold Medal winning chai tea latte. It was created and is blended in Australia and is carving a favoured place in our café culture. Grab a bag at the Bay Beans store. If your a cafe owner, or business, contact us for wholesale offers.