This is a great product if you like frothy coffee. I recently picked mine up in my local charity shop, unused and still in its box for the bargain price of £1.50, they currently retail on Amazon for £16.50 (November 2012).
The Latteo is made from borosilicate glass, is dishwasher safe and has a nylon filter. The glass jug is approximately 10cm in height and 5cm in width, and it has a plastic plunger lid that is easy to use and grip when frothing your milk. I looked on the Bodum website and you can purchase the jug and filter separately if you smash the jug or the filter needs changing. The jug holds 0.25 litres.
To use the Latteo is pretty simple and the instructions on the jug tell your how to get started but basically you add some cold milk to the jug up to the frother line indicated on the jug, put the lid on, put the jug on the counter top and beat the milk until its starts to froth up, this will take about a minute to achieve, the milk then changes in consistency to be thicker and lighter, like foam. You then leave the milk to rest for a minute or so, take off the lid and put the jug into a microwave and heat for a few seconds, around 20-30 depending on how hot you want it. When the microwaves pings you remove and pour or spoon (for a better effect) onto your freshly brewed coffee.
Overall this is a fab product, it is easy to clean, looks good, actually really does froth up your milk, and although you need to put in a bit of effort it is well worth it, I would have been happy to pay full price for this item. Defiantly recommend to those of you who love a frothy coffee.
WHAT IS IT
A cafetiere style product for frothing milk for your cappuccino.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Pour milk into the jug up to the thick black line that is printed about an inch and a half from the bottom of the jug. You can use cold milk or warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds first. Then take hold of the large handle on the lid and pump it up and down until your milk starts frothing. The idea is to get a good strong rhythm going and make sure you keep the frother towards the bottom of the jug because you'll lose the frothing effects if you let it come out of the milk or too far up into the froth. It takes about a minute and a half to froth the milk up for your coffee and sometimes longer so make sure you do it while your coffee is brewing to make sure it's ready on time.
WHAT I THINK
I have had this Latteo for three years and it has been a good buy because I enjoy coffee and cappuccino through the day. The jug is made of very thin glass so I used to be scared to use the pump action but after a few times I realised that wasn't going to break the jug and only banging it would damage it.
If you put plenty of effort into it you can get a thick and creamy froth for your coffee. I use cold milk and microwave it after frothing and before I put it in my coffee, that makes it taste and feel a lot more luxurious and means it will support a sprinkle of cinnamon or chocolate without collapsing.
It's easy to clean but the froth can leave a greasy mark on the jug so it's best to use hot water and washing up liquid, I leave mine to soak and then just wipe the inside and outside of the jug with a soft cloth and leave it to dry on the draining board. I like the lid because it fits tight to stop the froth coming out of the top, I use a big spoon to put the froth on top of my coffee but you can pour it from the spout if you don't have yours so thick.
This is a good product if like me you enjoy a cup of good coffee. It makes a frothy coffee to rival any you can buy from a coffee shop and is good arm exercise too because when the milk starts to froth up it can be hard work to keep going. It looks nice on display with the rest of my coffee memorabilia because it looks just like a mini cafetiere and is quite cute.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I love my cappuccinos with all that frothy milk and have owned several coffee makers that claim to give you great frothy milk. Well either I'm doing something completely wrong or this claims are totally rubbish as I've never ever been able to make decent frothy coffee with this add ons. I then looked into purchased a separate gadget to attain the 'frothy milk' and I was surprised to see what was actually available on the market. I found the Bodum 1446 Latteo milk frither fror under £20 on Amazon and it had some pretty good ratings, so I pumped for one of these.
I've had the frother for 9 months now and it's still going strong. Trust me there's a simple technique to get this spot on. Firstly used milk straight from the fridge - semi-skimmed is ideal. I'd always half fill the jug otherwise when it starts to thicken it'll spill over the top of the glass container and you'll end up in a right mess. Ensure that you only pump approx. the bottom 1.5 to 2.5 inches of milk - do not pump outside of milk or you wont get your desired effect. I never used to heat the milk up as paired hot coffee or chocolate etc it can burn my mouth. However, if you want to pop it in the microwave then that's fine, ensure that this is done AFTEF you've frothed it though. I leave mine in the microwave, which is 850 watts, for approx. 60 seconds, this sets the milk somehow - all a science I guess. This will give you fantastic frothy milk which will last for ages or until you pour it away. It's also a clever way of giving my two boys a milky drink which I call 'fluffy milk' - they just can't get enough off it.
If you find that the milk is too thick to drink then simply get a spoon and knock the air out of it by giving it a stir around for 10 - 20 seconds. But meringue looking froth is acheiveable in a matter of minutes. Complete the process by sprinkling some finely grated chocolate on top. I've impressed countless friends with this, so much so that they gone out and bought one.
This Bodum milk frother has been part of my kitchen gadgets for many years and is still working as well today as when I first bought it.
This works on a simple principle really that you fill the beaker with milk plunge it up and down and it will create lovely frothy foam for your coffees and hot chocolates.
To achieve this you fill the jug with milk to the black line on the jug and then add air to the milk with the plunger by frantically plunging it up and down. If you want the milk to be hot and frothy you microwave the milk in the jug for about one and a half minutes, then put the lid on and pump up and down for a about 30-60 seconds then allow the milk to rest for about 1 minute. The froth will thicken significantly during this time so it is then ready to spoon and pour in to your drinks
The plastic lid has a deep rim to prevent foam from escaping through the spout. What you do need to do is make sure that the spout is covered as there is a gap in the deep rim for when you are pouring the milk out and if it isn't covered you will like I have on occasions cover yourself and the surrounding surfaces with hot milk. The plunger handle has a comfortable grip which is what you do need when you are plunging it up and down frantically for about 30 seconds to a minute.
The jug is made from glass and as such is can be broken or chipped but mine has survived so far. You can actually buy replacement jugs from Bodum without the plunger and mesh but the price they charge from them £10 so it is actually probably cheaper to buy a new one. The jug is both dishwasher and microwave safe and I have never had any problems with cracking or breaking in my use of this in them. It is also fairly easy to clean by hand too. The black line and markings on the jug are also coping well and do not seem to have faded off in anyway meaning it is still nice and easy to see the fill line on the jug.
The mesh is the hardest bit to clean by hand due to the foamy milk build up that it gets but I find the easiest way to clean it is run water from the tap gently over it. The mesh has over the years of use still remained in place with no damage at all which I find very pleasing as I thought I may have had to replace the mesh bit by now as it looks fragile but seems to be surprisingly strong. You can buy replacement meshes as well so if yours does go it will cost you around £5 to replace it which is not a bad price to keep your jug having a longer life.
The hot frothy milk that the plunge produces is nice and thick especially I find if you warm the milk up and then once frothed leave it to stand. I do notice that the foam that spoon on to the top seems to last till I have drunk my coffees or hot chocolates and there is a nice coating of frothy left on the sides of the cup. The jug is also nice and handy for you to be able to pour some of the hot milky liquid into your cup when you are making a latte which is nice treat at home.
Bodum recommend that you use semi skimmed milk for this frother but I have equally pleasing results with full fat milk too.
Overall I would definitely recommend these jugs for fans of creamy frothy milk on top of their chocolates and coffees as it produces nice soft foam that last well and the milk frother is so simple and easy to use. It currently retails at around £12 form Amazon and is well worth its money.
I have just bought my third Bodum milk frother (otherwise known as a Latteo Milk Whisp), not because the previous two have been defective but as we have managed to smash the previous ones. The fact that I have bought a third should tell you how good a product I think it is!
The frother looks very like a cafetiere - so much so that I have occasionally put the coffee grounds in here and filled up with boiling water before realising my mistake. It is slightly smaller than my normal cafetiere which would serve 4 people. I use it to make delicious cappuccinos or latte coffee at home or even just adding hot frothy milk to a cup of instant coffee as a treat.
Cold milk is added to the line about two inches from the bottom of the jug and then I microwave it on high for about 2 minutes, you then put in the lid which has a plunger attached which you then manually move up and down which thickens the milk and makes it frothy. This takes hardly any effort at all and you can do it the other way around i.e. move the plunger up and down and then put the jug in the microwave - for a similar if slightly thicker result. You can scoop off the thicker froth from the top or just pour straight into the coffee. I find adding milk to the line gives enough hot frothy milk for two large latte coffees. The only gripe I would have is a slightly larger jug might be useful when you are making more coffees. Adding milk above the line runs the risk of the milk boiling over. I usually use skimmed milk which gives an excellent result although am sure semi skimmed and whole milk would be even creamier.
I have previously had a coffee machine which had a milk steamer attachment but found this very fiddly to use and I could never really get the plunger as clean as I'd like after I'd used it a few times so much prefer this basic frother.
The frother is easy to keep clean although if you are doing it by hand its best to wash it sooner rather than later to stop the milk solids hardening on the plunger (which has a fine mesh) although I usually pop it in the dishwasher. The glass is fairly thin which I expect is why I have broken two of these previously.
I paid £12.70 for the one that came today from Amazon but I think these are sold in lots of places.
I must admit I'm a bit of a coffee snob. Well, I say that only because I can't drink instant coffee any more and haven't done so since I discovered cafetiere coffee. However, since the arrival of Starbucks etc. I now only drink espresso coffee in the form of lattes or cappuccinos. Unfortunately, this can be somewhat expensive. Over the years I've wasted a lot of money purchasing various coffee makers with attached frothers and frankly, most of them have ended up in the back of a cupboard or the bin.
For a decent cappuccino, it's important to obtain a really nice head of froth on top of your coffee so you can sprinkle your chocolate on. I've also bought various gadgets, things that require a battery and whizz around supposedly in an attempt to froth milk. They either send the milk flying out of the container or just leave it plain flat. That all changed when I discovered the Bodum milk frother.
I first heard about the Bodum milk frother on one of those cookery shows they have on a Saturday morning. I can't remember which particular chef was doing the slot, but he gave two pieces of advice for making the perfect espresso, cappuccino or latte in your own home. This included a certain type of coffee maker and the Bodum milk frother for the milk.
I duly followed his advice on both tips and can honestly say he was correct on both counts. I just wish I could remember who it was. Oh well, never mind.
I searched online and since Bodum is a well known brand it was easy enough to find suppliers. I immediately ordered one.
The milk frother consists of a large glass jug with a glass handle and a separate plunger. The plunger part slots neatly on top of the glass jar, sealing it so no milk escapes while you're plunging. The handle of the plunger looks a bit like a large plastic chocolate Cadbury's button and is easy to grip. The rest of the plunger consists of a metal post with a round plastic mesh through which the milk is pushed, causing it to froth up. It doesn't require any batteries and every part of it is dishwasher safe.
The jug has a clear marking showing the maximum amount of milk you should put in there. The first time I used it I was only making coffee for myself so I filled it halfway to the level mark. The instructions tell you to froth cold milk and then put it into the microwave if you want it heated. However, the chef recommended warming the milk first, then frothing. I do remember him clearly advising not to make the milk too hot or it won't froth up as well.
Once the milk has heated to the required temperature, you need to put the plunger into the jug and plunge away. It's not hard working it, but does require a bit of effort. And while you're producing lovely frothy milk you get to tone up those biceps really well. Remember to swap arms to even things up! Bodum recommend about 60-90 plunges and although I don't count, I probably plunge it continuously for just over a minute. It works very well plunging the cold milk first, then heating it. However, be careful not to let it heat up too much otherwise all the froth ends up pouring over the top of the jug!
It may be a bit tiring, but it's absolutely worth it. The milk volume increases by about four times and it produces a wonderful, thick and foamy froth. You should leave it to stand for half a minute, then use a spoon to hold the froth back and let the milk flow into your coffee cup. Next follows the foamy milk and finally, the thick froth that you can scoop onto the top of your coffee. Delicious.
I can honestly say this is by far the best milk frother I've come across in all my years of experimenting with various battery and non battery operated versions. It's elegant, sturdy and long lasting. I've had mine for well over a year and it's used on a daily basis.
As the chef recommended, don't make the milk too hot. On the odd occasion I have done this, it hasn't frothed the milk nearly so well. It also works well with mosts types of milk, ie skimmed, semi and full fat cows milk although I haven't ventured into the realms of soya, goat or other types of milk so I can't comment on that.
This is very a reasonably priced product considering how well it works and its longevity. Several sites online sell them fro around £13-£14 including:
They are also sold in the 'Whittard of Chelsea' shops.
You can use all types of milk, skimmed or semi skimmed will work the best / Use also for foamy cocktails and milkshakes / The jug can also be used for serving juice or water / Short name: Bodum 1446