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How can I improve this latte?

I own this machine and have since moved on from it for the exact reasons you stated. It is possible to create microfoam that is good enough for making clearly defined latte art on the Delonghi Dedica ...
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What is the next best milk substitute for a latte?

I'd give oat milk a try. I had an oat milk latte on the weekend and it was surprisingly good. The milk texture was the closest to normal milk I've had. I did not steam the milk myself (had it at ...
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What is the next best milk substitute for a latte?

Here's another take, but going in the direction more of performance for foam (i.e., more for cappuccino than latte), mostly because I found links about that :) and because steamed milk should foam. If ...
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What qualities do I need from an espresso machine or steam wand in order to produce good latte art?

In my experience, it is difficult to achieve perfect microfoam with a home brewing espresso machine. Essentially what you need is a 15 bar pump and a boiler chamber big enough to hold enough steam to ...
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What temperature to froth hemp milk to?

I would follow the same guidelines as cow milk when using any alternative milk. For one you really just can't taste a liquid that is scalding hot, so you might as well not go so toasty. Other than ...
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What is the next best milk substitute for a latte?

Just for fun, I will name 3 alternates: Almond, Soy, and Hemp. Almond Not that good as a milk substitute on taste (better alone), yet a great way to make healthier coffee. As for the health benefits, ...
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How can I improve this latte?

I've steamed milk on my friend's Saeco Aroma, which seems to be in the same class as your Delonghi, and was able to get good microfoam. Aside from getting some pointers along the way, the key is ...
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What is the next best milk substitute for a latte?

Tried oatmilk yesterday at home as a milk substitute in my lattés and it was delicious. I used an organic brand with zero other things in it and it frothed up almost identically to normal milk (i use ...
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How should I vary my steaming technique to create the correct ratios of steamed to foamed milk for the drink I wish to create?

You're on the right track for good foam by keeping the tip of the wand close to the surface. To end up with less foam, submerge the tip as the temperature rises and the hiss drops to a whisper; I ...
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Is a ceramic pitcher suitable for frothing milk?

I think ceramic shouldn't pose any problem in terms of heating. Since the heating element is in the center, sticking in the milk, it shouldn't affect evenness. The material may absorb a significant ...
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Can a handheld milk frother produce micro-foam?

It certainly won't compare to a steam wand, but yes you can totally get okay milk texture using one. In all honesty though, I've had better success using a french press. Heat milk via stove stop, put ...
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What is the next best milk substitute for a latte?

All of your stated options can work well and @PythonMaster covered the pros and cons pretty well. You stated that latte art and steaming well were important and I didn't see you mention wanting ...
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What is the next best milk substitute for a latte?

Lactose free milk is milk. I'm lactose intolerant and I know it won't cause you problems if you are just lactose intolerant. Some people are determined to avoid dairy, but if that's not your goal, go ...
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Where can I find a stand-alone coffee wand for home use?

Similar to what Ecnerwal wrote, a stovetop steamer is probably best for you. Check out the Bellman 50ss stovetop steamer which is available for $89. It is simple to use, with low maintenance and can ...
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Where can I find a stand-alone coffee wand for home use?

If you want to save money, look to the technology of 60 years ago and seek out a stovetop steamer. Possibly easier to find at a thrift store than online, at least at a bargain. Then again, you may ...
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Getting the sound of really good micro bubbles

The sound it's not a very good "measure stick" for steaming. That is because it would depend on the steaming wand (how many steam holes has, how much steam the machine produces, etc), the pitcher (the ...
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How can I improve this latte?

"I still can't get a fine enough foam to produce latte art." If you are not satisfied with your milk foam because of the small bubbles on the surface, then try to "bump" the pitcher (knock the table ...
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Milk appears to separate from steaming, how do I fix this?

If the milk is cow fresh... You will have to put it through a process called homogenization. It is normally done when the milk is pasteurized for us who are chained to grocery carts. Homogenization is ...
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Difference between steam wand and aeroccino frother

Another difference is that the Aerocinno tends to produce firmer and longer-lasting froth compared to a wand. It's designed to provide a one-size-fits-all solution for consumers accustomed to ...
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Difference between steam wand and aeroccino frother

Ok - not having used one of these tabletop frothers, I don't really know how hot they actually get. But I suspect that the difference is down to the steam wand heating the milk more than your frother. ...
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Does breaching a stovetop milk steamer's double wall destroy it?

The double wall on this steamer is not there for insulation. That idea doesn't add up. An exterior wall will heat up before an interior wall if heated on a stovetop and would inhibit transfer of heat ...
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Whenever I froth my milk and pour it into the espresso, it dries and makes water under it. How do I fix that?

Based on the following comment: No Im asking whenever I serve Lattes or capps the froth usually rises to the top and leaves water and espresso under the froth. Im told that this is wrong and Im ...
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Why should milk used for coffee not to be served too hot?

Most cafés serve coffee beverages between 155°F - 165°F, but the ideal temperature for steaming milk on a home machine is between 150°F -155°F. Temperature really only starts to matter when it comes ...
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Milk texturing issues on commercial machine!

As far as I can see you are already experienced. Still, I can give a basic recipe that may help. You should introduce hot air of course for bubbles and also to heat the milk up. Make circles with ...
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Bean-to-cup coffee machines without milk steamer

"There are hundreds of espresso machines that do not have a (milk) steaming wand" - that's not true at all. If we are talking about bean-to-cup espress machines there are really few. I remember only ...
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Bean-to-cup coffee machines without milk steamer

I have the Hamilton Beach 40792. It will be hard to find a decent one without the steamer. Mine cost around $100
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How can I improve this latte?

I have had this exact same machine for about 1 month and am realizing that it is just much more difficult (so far impossible for me) to get art-quality micro-foam out of it for two reasons: 1- Steam ...
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Foam knife one on Breville dual boiler?

Unfortunately, from some quick research, it looks like the Breville Dual Boiler has a steam arm that possesses a female thread where the steam tip is inserted into the steam arm. However the Foam ...
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What is the next best milk substitute for a latte?

Oat milk is a lactose free alternative. You can make it yourself or buy it in the store. Oatly is good although it does have a bit more sugar etc than the regular oat milk. http://www.oatly.com/...
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