Archive for July, 2008

Yet more new stuff – new toys!

July 30, 2008

Have just received my order for two one litre genuine Motta pitchers, and I can wholeheartedly give them my seal of approval! Ordered the larger ones in order to be able to steam for two small cappuccinos at the same time in each one. I could probably have got away with .75 litre ones for this purpose, but I think (or hope!) the full litre was the right choice… The quality and performance of these pitchers is truly superb. For anyone serious about both milk texture and/or latte art I would absolutely recommend them. The shape, and the heavy 18/10 steel make for enhanced texturing and heat stability, and the angle and shape of the pouring spout has a really positive effect on free-pour: somehow, it is perfect both for traditional capped cappuccinos, as well as the loveliest, most detailed rosettas! As soon as I started to use the pitcher, I knew it was excellent – I’ve had great results all day. These pitchers also really help to effortlessly produce that beautiful, extended, enveloping curl to the base leaves of your rosettas; now I know how other people were probably managing it so well, and I hope to upload some photos of the results soon! The price tag is pretty hefty, but it’s worth it. I wouldn’t say you need one of these to learn great milk skills initially, but if you’ve put in the hard work and developed the experience, reward yourself – these are definitely the final step up in milk texturing and latte art, although you’ll be better off with much smaller ones for single lattes and cappuccinos.



Another absolute gem. In my humble opinion (at present) the best cappuccino cups in the world!! I know it’s geeky, but I don’t care: these are lovely. I can’t imagine a better cup for cappuccino. What are they? Nuova Point Amalfi 5oz/150ml heavy porcelain. They are so thick, rounded and tactile, and sit beautifully in the palm of your hand. I already had the Nuova Point Milano tulip shaped versions, but I think I prefer this shape, and I feel sure it will also make for better latte art in the small 5oz size – haven’t poured in them yet, but the shape seems to lend itself completely to latte art, as well as appearance and great hand/mouthfeel.

…This post comes across as something of a sales pitch for these brands, but it’s not; I’m not a rep – honest! I’m just a barista delighting in some supurb products!


July 23, 2008


July 23, 2008