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Steam-frothing of milk for coffee: Evaluation for foam properties using video analysis and feature extraction

A method for evaluation of the foaming properties of steam-frothed milk, based on image analysis (feature extraction) carried out on a video taken immediately after foam formation, was developed. The method was shown to be able to analyse steam-frothed milk made using a conventional espresso machine, such as commonly used by baristas. Samples of milk, processed in a commercial dairy plant, were made with varying fat (0.5%, 0.9%, 1.5%, 2.6%, 3.5%) or protein (3.0%, 3.4%. 3.8%) content and analysed using the developed method. Increased protein content was shown to cause a delay in the formation of a distinct foam layer and also a slightly increased foam volume. Increased fat content was found to decrease foam stability but also resulted in less drainage.

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