Decent Milk Jug: First Impressions

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In my quest to learn as much as I can about coffee, one of those trails has taken me down the path of improving my latte art skills. It became evident quite early that the type of pitcher I used drastically helped or hurt my latte art. This seemingly resulted in a wild goose chase, until I stumbled upon a blogpost by Scott Rao, specifically referring to Decent Espresso Milk Jugs. He mentions numerous benefits to these pitchers, some of which I will address below, that left me excited to try one out. A few weeks later, I came home to a package from Decent Espresso sitting on my front porch, and I couldn’t wait to try out the new 350ml Decent Milk Jug with a Competition Spout!

And while I definitely have some thoughts regarding my experience with it, thus far, I am going to refrain from adding personal commentary until I’ve had more time. With that said, be on the lookout for a forthcoming post!

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Initial Thoughts

Graduated Lines – It is quite surprising that so many latte art pitchers do not have measurement lines to help with milk waste. Decent Milk Jugs have lines for both ounces and milliliters, therefore allowing the user to use the same amount of milk each time, helping to eliminate milk waste. The first time that my boss put a bucket next to the espresso bar to pour the remaining milk into after each latte, I was extremely surprised to see how much milk was wasted at the end of the day. One gallon of milk is 128 ounces. Even 1 ounce of milk waste after every latte adds up quickly. 1 gallon a day is nearly $1000 a year. That’s quite a bit.

On top of this, the measurement lines allow for a barista to stretch the milk to the same level every time. And, simply using the right amount of milk helps one out with their latte art immensely; the sooner the barista can get the pitcher at a sharper angle, the better their latte art will be.

Impressive Spout – As you can tell from the pictures above, the spout on this thing is beautiful. While the pictures above show the competitive spout, which is sharp without any sort of a beveled lip, the classic spout keeps the beveled spout, making it easier to transition into using a Decent Milk Jug.

According to someone named John, quoted on Scott Rao’s blogpost, the Competitive Spout has a bit of a learning curve, but once it’s mastered, it tremendously helps with control and detail. And, just so you know, this spout was not just made on a whim; it was designed by 23 professional latte artists, according to Decent Espresso.

Appealing – The black Teflon coating on the outside and the stainless steal inside make this a nice pitcher to look at. While it makes basic stainless steal pitchers look a little chintzy, I am curious to see how it will stand up to much use. Teflon is quite strong when it comes to acids and bases, but its ability to be scratched may make it necessary to keep away from sharp metal points.  We’ll see, I guess.

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Aside from its usefulness and elegance, there are other things that should be noted. First, this pitcher comes in three different sizes: 350ml (12oz), 600ml (20oz) and 1000ml (32oz). Second, Decent Espresso guarantees quality for life. This means that if you have any problems, they will replace it free of charge (free shipping as well)!

In the end, this pitcher seems pretty solid, and I am excited to get more experience with it! Stayed tuned for a future post regarding my experience with it.

Thanks for the milk jug, Decent Espresso! So far, I’m loving it!

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