Hey everyone- just joined the exchange and it seems like a really great place. One question that I haven't been able to answer through research is what exactly the motive is behind milk sharing. What is the process of doing it, and why?

Thanks!

- Jonathan

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its kinda like swapping spit....



best only between intimates and island fortress prisoners...
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Welcome, Jonathan

I asked my son about this (he's in preschool). He said you should always share with your friends, except for your milk.
never ever bro. its bad shit.
scientifically its cross contamination.
and barista and coffee wise, it will taste like..................... u should know.
Jonathan, I was really hoping that someone would drop a clue that would help me figure out what on earth you are talking about.

Hasn't happened yet.

Soooo, what on earth are you talking about?
I'm with you Brady... I've not commented yet because I have no clue!

Brady said:
Jonathan, I was really hoping that someone would drop a clue that would help me figure out what on earth you are talking about.

Hasn't happened yet.

Soooo, what on earth are you talking about?
Ha, I think maybe I just have the wrong terminology. I'm talking about when you steam milk, then transfer some of the milk to another pitcher, pour a drink, then combine the two pitchers to pour a second drink... at least I think that's the process. I've seen this done quite a bit, even when watching competition videos. For some reason I termed this action as "milk-sharing"-- maybe I made it up. Well that creates a new question: what the hell is this called?
I always thought milk sharing was if you were making two drinks at the same time and rather than using one pitcher to pour each drink, you'd pour a little in a seperate pitcher, pour the 1st drink, then whatever's left in the pitcher, transfer into the other one and pour the 2nd drink. The reason you do so is so that the 1st drink does not get all of the aerated milk :)
Amelie & Barb said:
I always thought milk sharing was if you were making two drinks at the same time and rather than using one pitcher to pour each drink, you'd pour a little in a seperate pitcher, pour the 1st drink, then whatever's left in the pitcher, transfer into the other one and pour the 2nd drink. The reason you do so is so that the 1st drink does not get all of the aerated milk :)
Sounds right to me.

What other variation could there be, and for what reason?
Ok, great. Good enough for me. I guess it's less complicated than I thought. I didn't know if there was a specific way to to do it or specific amounts of milk to pour into the second pitcher or anything. Thank you Amelie & Barb!
Jason Haeger said:
Amelie & Barb said:
I always thought milk sharing was if you were making two drinks at the same time and rather than using one pitcher to pour each drink, you'd pour a little in a seperate pitcher, pour the 1st drink, then whatever's left in the pitcher, transfer into the other one and pour the 2nd drink. The reason you do so is so that the 1st drink does not get all of the aerated milk :)
Sounds right to me.

What other variation could there be, and for what reason?

Do a Google search and find out :)

b
Well, the reason I do it and you see it done in competition alot is to help evenly distribute your microfoam. Its especially helpful in pouring multiple cappuccinos to insure the first isn't really light on foam and the second really heavy. After you've steamed for two capps you want to swirl your pitcher to insure your microfoam and milk have integrated well. Pour off into another pitcher, pre-heated of course, until you have enough in one pitcher for one drink and pour your drink. Than swirl the second pitcher, reintegrating any foam that may have settled and pour your second drink. This method is both helpful in evenly distributing your foam as it is in insure both drinks have great latte art. Hope that answered your question.

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