Steaming

Properly steamed milk can do wonders for a beverage, adding a natural sweetness and velvety mouthfeel. Great milk can mean great latte art – if you know how to make it.

Brew Checklist

Get in Position

1 Get in Position

Square up to the machine.

Get in Position
Purge

2 Purge

Open the wand handle to let out steam prior to picking up your pitcher (this is known as purging; it clears any water or old milk residue that may be in the end of the steam wand).

Purge
Adjust Steam Tip

3 Adjust Steam Tip

With the wand pointed vertically, bring the steam tip towards you at a 60-70-degree angle.

Adjust Steam Tip
Submerge Wand & Tilt the Pitcher

4 Submerge Wand & Tilt the Pitcher

Position your wand in the middle of the pitcher with your steam tip submerged halfway. Now tilt the pitcher, moving the base to the left. The steam tip should still be submerged halfway and near the right wall of the pitcher. The reason for this particular wand placement is to ‘encourage’ or ‘force’ the milk into a clockwise rotation along the walls of the pitcher. This is what creates ‘the vortex'.

Submerge Wand & Tilt the Pitcher
Integrate Air

5 Integrate Air

Open the wand slowly, listening to the sound of the air being integrated into the milk. (For a cappuccino - especially 12oz cappuccinos - the air integration time will be slightly longer, as we want to introduce more air to make more foam). Once you have developed a controlled vortex, open your wand the whole way. Now raise your pitcher vertically until the sound of air integration stops (this is a tiny, controlled movement).

Integrate Air
Control Movements

6 Control Movements

Always use small, intentional and controlled movements. Move the pitcher as little as possible, remaining conscious of how the angles look and how and when to position the pitcher.

Control Movements
Learn the Temperature

7 Learn the Temperature

Train with a thermometer to clarify drink temperatures. Be precise. Touch the pitcher wall to begin building a ‘touch memory’ of how hot the milk should feel.

Learn the Temperature

About Cappucinos

About Cappucinos

Traditional Cappuccinos are small drinks, and generally consumed relatively quickly. For these reasons, our traditional cappuccinos are the coolest of all our steamed drinks. They should always be between 135-140°F. This temperature maximizes sweetness and showcases our espresso in a velvety texture that stands apart from any of our other drinks.

12oz Drinks
Are anything from a 12oz Americano Misto to a Latte. At this size always steam milk between 145-150°F.

16oz Drinks
Are always steamed between 150-155°F.

Extra Hot Drinks 
Are always steamed between 155-160°F. Above that temperature the milk begins to scald and emit a terrible aroma and flavour.