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Best Espresso Thermometer 2017: Top 5
Making the perfect latte or cappuccino is not only about the brewing the perfect cup of coffee, the milk has to be just right too.
The only way of ensuring that the milk has reached the ideal temperature is through the use of an espresso thermometer.
If you heat the milk too little, it won't have the correct consistency, heat it too much and it will become burned.
A temperature between 150ºF and 155ºF generally works best. Go above above 170ºF and the milk will be scorched.
To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.— Hugh Jackman
#1 Best Espresso Thermometer 2017: Meet The Norpo, High Quality for an Affordable Price!
When it comes to value for money, the Norpro 5981 is difficult to beat.
Attractive and functional, this device is perfect for use with frothing pitchers, you will never need to under-heat or burn your milk again!
There is a handy clip enables you to fasten the thermometer to pitcher.
It measures 6-inches (15cm) long, which is an ideal length for the average milk frothing pitcher. The dial is around 3/4 inch in diameter, with a very visible colored zone to tell you the optimum temperature (somewhere around 150-160F or 65-72 C is generally accepted to be the ideal temperature for a perfect latte foam).
Tip: This device should be hand washed to avoid damaging it!
Different Types of Milk
The easiest milk to create foam with is the nonfat version. It doesn't taste as luxurious as fattier milk types, however.
You can make foam with 2% milk very easily, and your beverage will be a little creamier than the nonfat version.
The most difficult milk to foam is whole milk, but you will get a fuller flavor beverage, thanks to the higher fat content.
The Rattleware: Top-Rated Device for Perfect Steam!
Ideal for use with medium and large sized pitchers, the Rattleware has measurements in both Fahrenheit and Celsius, as well as easy to see red and green zones, so it's difficult to go wrong when reading the dial. (Green zone equals just right, red equals burned milk!)
The Rattleware is NSF approved and comes with an NSF thermometer clip for easy use, plus calibration instructions on the sleeve. (Thermometers generally have to be calibrated before they can be used, as they can get shaken about during transportation.)
How to Calibrate a Thermometer
During transportation, the thermometer can get shaken up, causing its accuracy to suffer.
Calibrating it is generally easier than it sounds.
The easiest way is generally to dip it in boiling water and use a pair of pliers or a spanner to turn the nut (typically at the bottom) to calibrate the thermometer to boiling point.
(You can also calibrate it using ice too and adjusting it to freezing point.)
After that it's ready for use!
Accurate and Affordable: The Cooper-Atkins!
The Cooper-Atkins 1236-70-1 is an affordable device, featuring a 1" easy to read dial and a 5" stem.
The thermometer is accurate and there is a clip for attaching it to frothing pitchers.
The smaller dial doesn't block your view and allows you to see clearly what is happening with the milk.
A difficult product to beat in the inexpensive price range.
Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it's hard to go back to sleep.— Fran Drescher
NSF: Certified for Quality!
Constructed from stainless steel, the New Star Foodservice 34011 is NSF certified for quality.
It has an easy to read 2 inch dial and a 5 inch stem for dipping into the milk. A handy clip enables you to fasten it to the side of the frothing pitcher. The clip can also be slid up and down the stem to work with different sizes of pitcher.
Top 5 Latte-Making Tips!
The steam wand should be inserted into the milk diagonally and remain just below the surface to allow more air to be drawn in.
Create a rotational flow in the steam pitcher when frothing, like a small whirlpool.
The ideal temperature for the milk is between 150ºF and 155ºF, go over 170ºF and it will burn.
If you don't have a thermometer, cup your hand beneath the pitcher, remove when it's too hot to touch.
Aim to make small, light bubbles (known as microfoam) rather than larger, soapy ones.
A Brief History of Coffee
According to legend, coffee first came to the attention of people in the Ethiopian highlands in the 9th century, when a goat herder named Kaldi noticed that his animals became more lively when they ate the berries from a certain plant.
The truth of the legend is difficult to assess, but we do know that coffee originated in that region of the world and by the fifteenth century it was cultivated and imbibed as a drink in southern Yemen. By the sixteenth century coffee drinking had spread to Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey.
Coffee houses, known as "qahveh khaneh" started to spring up in cities across the Near East. People would drink coffee, socialize and talk, enjoy music, watch performances, play chess and catch up on the latest news of the day.
By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe. There was some suspicion and controversy over the dark drink, however, and there were calls to ban the beverage, until Pope Clement VIII condoned its use in 1600.
Coffee houses sprung up in England, France, Germany, Austria and Holland, and quickly becoming centers of social activity and interaction. Artists, brokers and merchants would meet there. In many places, women were banned from coffee houses at this time.
Coffee arrived in New York (then known as New Amsterdam) in the mid-1600's, and just as with Europe, coffee houses quickly began to appear everywhere. Tea was still the most popular drink, however, until the colonists rebelled against a heavy tax imposed on tea imposed by the English in 1773. After that, American loyalty switched to coffee.
Demand for coffee continued to grow. For centuries the cultivation and trade of the dark bean was controlled by the Arabs, but in the late 1600s the Dutch got hold of some young seedlings and began cultivating crops on the island of Java.
Coffee cultivation continued to spread around the world. By the finish of the 18th century, it had turned into one of the world's most profitable export crops.
I don't know how people live without coffee, I really don't.— Martha Quinn
The CDN IRB220-F ProAccurate Insta-Read: Perfect for the Smaller Sized Pitcher!
The CDN IRB220-F ProAccurate Insta-Read is perfect for a smaller milk frothing pitcher, with a 5 inch stem and a 1.5 inch magnified dial, which won't interfere with the frothing wand.
Its measurement range goes from 0 to 220°F (-18 to +104°C).
Accurate readings mean that you can make the perfect milk every time.
© 2015 Paul Goodman