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 on that the type of pitcher I used drastically affected my latte art. This seemingly resulted in a wild goose chase, until I stumbled upon a blogpost by Scott Rao, referring to Decent Espresso Milk Jugs. 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!
Graduated Lines – Milk waste is a major issue for cafés. Decent Milk Jugs, however, have lines for both ounces and milliliters, allowing Baristas to use the same amount of milk each time. One gallon of milk is 128 ounces. Even 1 ounce of milk waste after every latte adds up quickly. One gallon a day is nearly $1000 a year!
On top of this, the measurement lines allow baristas to stretch their milk to the same level every time, allowing better consistency. And, simply using the right amount of milk helps with 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, the spout on this thing is beautiful. While these pictures 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 simply made on a whim; according to Decent Espresso, it was designed by 23 professional latte artists.
Having used this for about 8 months, I completely agree with John. Using this pitcher was frustrating at first, but now I love it! My Cortado game has taken a giant leap.
Appealing – The black Teflon coating on the outside and the stainless steel inside make this a nice pitcher to look at. However, while it makes basic stainless steel pitchers look a little chintzy, I was sad to see how easily this pitcher scratched. Teflon is quite strong when it comes to acids and bases, but its ability to be scratched makes it necessary to keep away from sharp metal points.
Aside from its usefulness and elegance, there are two things that should be noted. First, this pitcher comes in three different sizes: 350ml, 600ml, and 1000ml. 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 is and incredible pitcher! While the Teflon finish can easily scratch, the graduated lines and impressive spout make this a pitcher worth purchasing.