Hi all, I looked but couldn't find a thread with this dedicated subject so here goes.
When doing research regarding my initial set up (I'm about 2.5 months in from owning my first set up), I saw that the consensus was that 8 oz was the smallest you really want to go as far as milk pitcher size while still getting good microfoam. As I don't crank out multiple milk drinks in one sitting, or when I rarely do it's only two or three, I decided to get the smaller size to avoid waste. So far I'm happy with my choice.
My frothing skills are improving, but slowly, more slowly than my brewing skills, which is surprising. At the moment, I'm finding that at the I'm getting foam somewhat in between the dry stiff stuff and microfoam. The taste and texture are totally fine, but I'd like to be able to get that cafe look of styling SOMETHING on the top of the drink. Occasionally, I do get good texturing microfoam, but I'd like to get this more consistently.
I do all the right things as far as using ice cold milk and chilling my pitcher. I concede that I'm not using the optimal milk. I use 1%. However, I see people get microfoam with even skim, so I'm not ready to change my fat percentage yet. I start with 3 oz in the pitcher for a macchiato and 4 oz in the pitcher for a cappuccino. Again, I like to avoid waste.
Recently, my routine is to put my two holed frothing tip into the middle of the milk initially, getting the ch-ch-ch sound for a few seconds and then moving the tip down and to the side to swirl for the remainder. I'm attaining more and more success, finding that the less air I add the better my results usually.
My question is do members here have any tips specifically geared toward 8 oz pitchers? I've read the general milk frothing tips (no need to just repeat those here), and I've seen that people seem to achieve microfoam success using all sorts of methods. There's obviously more than one way to skin a cat. I figured that there might be some specific tips with respect to the smaller size of the 8 oz pitcher as it holds less volume, consists of less material, and thus heats faster.