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  • illy Milk Frother Review - or how to make coffee shop style coffee at home

    Posted on February 28, 2013 by ddean

    Photo of an illy Milk Frother

    Why doesn't home brewed coffee ever have the same 'pizazz' as the coffee you get from high street coffee chains? You use the finest coffee beans (we recommend these from illy) and carefully grind them yourself, but there's still something lacking...

    That something is almost definitely frothy milk. The problem is easy to solve with a milk frother. We offer the illy Milk Frother from the same Italian company that grind the fine beans we mentioned above. For just £64.69 inc. VAT you can be making coffee shop style coffee at home (and saving yourself a packet on all those expensive Cappuccinos, lattes and mochas you'd otherwise be buying from the likes of Costa and Starbucks!).

    Drinkmaster customer Monique had this to say after she purchased an illy Milk Frother from Drinkmaster:

    My partner purchased the illy Milk Frother for me, and that is when I discovered that the real problem with my cappuccinos was not the ingredients, as I was using the finest coffee beans Italy had to offer, it was the froth that was missing!

    The whisk based illy Milk Frother is easy to use and unlike some of the other high powered frothing machines that use steam it won't overpower a home kitchen.

    The frother has a sleek design that looks the part in a traditional or contemporary kitchen and has a small footprint so doesn't take up much space.

    The illy Milk Frother is as easy to use as a kettle. Just pour in the desired amount of milk, choose whether you would like hot frothy milk or cold frothy milk and flick the switch - that's it!

    The illy Milk Frother is really easy to clean. The internal surfaces are non-stick - you simply wipe them clean. You can't use abrasive cleaners or you will damage the non-stick surface - but the cleaning process is so quick and easy that you won't need to.

    Any kind of milk will work with this versatile frother (even soya milk), but illy recommend whole milk for hot froth and semi-skimmed for cold froth. You can even forego the frothing part by removing the whisk and just using the machine to heat up milk for your favourite hot chocolate. It's much easier than using a pan..

    The illy Milk Frother doesn't take long to work - just 1 to 2 minutes. Much less time than it takes to queue up at your local high street coffee shop!

    So go on, indulge your coffee shop barista desires and buy an illy Milk Frother from Drinkmaster and you'll be enjoying coffee shop style frothy coffee for years to come.

    illy Milk Frother features:

    • Sleek, stainless steel looks
    • Small footprint
    • Easy to clean with non-stick internal surfaces
    • Convenient and easy to use - add milk and flick the switch
    • Comes with a 24 month guarantee

    This post was posted in How to, Reviews, Milk, Products and was tagged with review, milk, illy, frother

  • Drinkmaster hot chocolate comparison review

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by ddean

    OK, so we've got a fair old range of hot chocolates to choose from these days... which one is right for you?

    Drinkmaster own brand Hot Chocolate (Fairtrade)

    If you're looking for a Fairtrade hot chocolate there's not much to choose from. There are a few companies producing hot chocolates that are able to display the Fairtrade Organisation logo, but not many, and we don't think much of the taste of them! We wanted to offer our customers a Fairtrade choice so the only option was to produce one ourselves. Available in Drinkpac and Sealcup it is rich, aromatic and a boasts a sweet chocolate taste that's a pleasant surprise for an add-water instant hot choc.

    Drinkmaster's own brand Fairtrade hot chocolate is also gluten free, so if you're following a diet that avoids gluten, this is hot chocolate for you.

    Drinkmaster own brand Luxury Hot Chocolate

    Only available in Drinkpac, Luxury Hot Chocolate is a long-time best seller. There's no holding back on the chocolatey taste with this Drinkpac - we fill it right to the brim with our creamy chocolate recipe. If you've got a really sweet tooth, pop two Luxury Hot Chocolate Drinkpacs into your mug. Just don't tell your dentist.

    Options Belgian Choc (low calorie)

    Options Belgian Choc Low Calorie hot chocolate is the nation's favourite chocolate drink when it comes to indulging a sweet tooth at the same time as dieting. At only 40 calories a pac (that's less than an apple) you might as well have two ;-)

    The dark chocolate taste is perfect for sating cravings without overthrowing a whole diet. Available in Drinkpac and Sealcup.

    Cadbury Hot Chocolate with Real Dairy Milk Pieces

    This decadent hot chocolate drink is completely exclusive to Drinkmaster - you won't find it anywhere else. A unique combination of classic Cadbury hot chocolate with little chunks of real Cadbury Dairy Milk in it. When you add hot water, the Dairy Milk pieces begin to melt. Keep stirring the hot chocolate as you drink it and you'll increase the rich, creamy, chocolatey consistency as it gradually becomes more concentrated. The last sip is usually a lovely, gooey taste sensation and complete chocolate overload - you just have to be careful you've got it all off your lips before you head into any important meetings...

    Only available in Premiercup.

    Suchard Hot Chocolate Kenco Singles

    A less sweet hot chocolate than those available in Drinkpac, Sealcup and Premiercup - but Kenco Singles are a perennial office favourite and this Suchard hot chocolate makes up for a lack of sweetness with rich cocoa undertones that belie its 'cheap' perception.

    Mars Swirl Flavia

    This Mars chocolate drink is in fact a 'swirl' - that is, it's designed to be added to another drink in the Flavia Freshpack range. The obvious choices are the Flavia coffees, creating more of a 'mocha' flavour combination than a true hot chocolate.

    Galaxy Hot Chocolate

    If you've got a Flavia machine in your office and you do want a true hot chocolate, then this creamy number from the popular luxury chocolate manufacturer should hit the spot. Like the famous chocolate bar, but in smooth, chocolatey drink format.

    This post was posted in Reviews, Products, Hot Chocolate and was tagged with Cadbury, Fairtrade, hot chocolate, options, belgian choc, cadburys, suchards, suchard, mars, galaxy

  • Dairystix discontinued, what milk should I buy?

    Posted on October 25, 2012 by ddean

    Dairystix milk sticks have been discontinued for a while now. I'm sure most Drinkmaster customers have already moved over to buying our standard UHT milk pots (if they weren't already), but for those who haven't, or for other visitors to the blog who aren't already customers, you might be wondering what the best alternative is?

    We sell UHT milk pots (some people call them "jiggers") produced by Lakeland Dairies. We've tried them all and our experience tells us this is the best long-life milk for adding to our black instant coffees and teabag teas. They are the best combination of heat treatment to maintain a long life with minimum impact on the real milk taste we all know and love.

    For an even longer shelf life, choose Drinkpac, Sealcup or Premiercup varieties that include a milk creamer in the cup or pac (in other words, any of our "white" varieties). Our milk creamer comes from Nestlé and is best-in-class - it's a specially formulated non-dairy creamer, designed to emulate real milk. It's the best powdered milk on the market and tastes particularly good with our range of Nescafé coffees.

    Buy Lakeland Dairies Milk Pots →

    Buy drinks with milk creamer →

    This post was posted in Reviews, Milk and was tagged with milk, dairystix, uht milk, milk pots, jiggers, lakeland dairies, long life milk, powdered milk, non dairy creamer

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