Straight or curved? Which frothing pitcher do you prefer? Many baristas choose one with a curved body. They feel that the curved shape helps the milk to swirl better when frothing from the steam wand of an espresso and cappuccino maker. Those who like a low belly, curved frothing pitcher say that it induces the milk to swirl into a frenzy of froth.
Others are committed to going straight. Espresso pros prefer the straight sided pitcher to create contest winning latte art. A quick web search noted that size not shape is what matters most (12 oz) and pouring performance – meaning a long, narrow, pointy spout.
When all is said in done, although the bell-shaped pitchers accommodate more space for circulating in the milk, most found the straight-sided vessels to produce more reliable microfoam throughout the milk, plus they can be much easier to pour from.
Which do you prefer?
*a guide to frothing milk