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  1. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    My Rancilio Silvia Pro struggles to get 8oz milk from fridge temp to 65 degrees C. Today it ran out of steam at 55 degrees C. This is a new twin boiler machine. I wait for the steam boiler to reach temperature, indicated by a light going from flashing to steady on. In fact it usually gets a...
  2. Lelit Forum
    Had a quick question about my delightful new Mara. Had 3 espressos with it which were absolutely fantastic. I used the steam to make milk for a flat white for my partner - I had gotten pretty good on my old gaggia classic with silvia steam wand mod at getting good microfoam. In my first attempt...
  3. Lever Forum
    So, now that I have both, both made on the same year of 2012 and only months older than each other, I can compare them all. I get that the Pro has a bigger boiler and in theory better steaming ability. But, am I the only one who finds steaming milk on the Pro awkward? The boiler having a...
  4. Coffee Lounge
    Apologies if this has been covered. i have a an ECM HX machine and to date i have always steamed milk after pulling a shot. One reason is that i am used to this from using a Classic, and the other is that the steam wand is now on the wrong side so i have the swap hands or i can't stop the shot...
  5. Sold
    Hi folks, I'm also selling my Motta - Milk Foaming Jug - 500ml. Again it's in perfect condition, was purchased new from Cream Supplies for £22.44 delivered. It's the perfect size for steaming milk for 2 large flat whites. I'm asking £15 for this with FREE delivery.
  6. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    I've just finished using my first couple of pints of whole milk. What a revelation! Dead easy to get really silky microfoam and even latte art is much easier. The reason it's taken me so long to get around to trying whole milk is the many people here and elsewhere saying that semi-skimmed is...
  7. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    I was curious to work out how much the 'hot air' in my milk weighed, and over the past few weeks I have been weighing my cold milk and then weighing again when steamed. For the purpose of this experiment I always steamed enough to fill 2 x 5.5oz Tulip Cups I am getting a consistent 23g of...
  8. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Tried several different techniques, plunging the arm to the bottom of the milk, having it on top,or just below the surface, high pressure, low pressure etc but I cannot seem to get any froth onto my milk. I use cravendale semi skimmed and a thermometer but the steam arm seems to raise the temp...
  9. Gaggia Forum
    I have just got rid if my old pannerello on my Gaggia Baby Twin and fitted the Rancilio wish I had done it ages ago, brilliant foam and very quick now with steaming the old steam wand took an absolute age , I reccomend the mod to all gaggia users struggling to get decent microfoam.
  10. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    I've been having a play with steaming milk after fitting a Silvia steam wand. I've never really bothered with frothing milk before so please bear with me. Is it best to go deep to begin with and then bring it nearer to the surface or the other way round? I've tried it both ways and seem to get...
  11. Coffee Accessories
    The review below is a summary of my thoughts and not intended to be a full in-depth analysis of each machine Today I had the pleasure of spending a delightful 4 hours at Bella Barista, hosted by Claudette and her team. The aim was to evaluate the R58 vs Alex Duetto Mk IV (aka new Alex Duetto...
  12. Rocket Forum
    Hi can any one help me out - my Giotto Premium does a good job steaming milk for 1 cup pretty quickly but if i want to do 2/3 cups (350ml ish of milk) she struggles to get the job done and probably takes about 60+seconds. Boiler is set at 1.2 bar. Am i expecting too much for the machine to do...
  13. Gaggia Forum
    I've trawled the forum and searched but I'm not sure I've got the answer. I'm using a gaggia baby new with a rancilio steam wand. I think the steam function is not working properly. I make the espresso. Then after turning off the brew button I turn the steam button on. Wait for the light to...
  14. Gaggia Forum
    When I've finished steaming milk with my Classic I turn the brew switch on (meaning that all three switches are in the on position) and then turn the steam knob to fire some water through the steam wand (into a cloth), my theory being that this clears the inside of the wand of any milk, gives...
  15. Barista Skills for the home enthusiast
    Hi everyone, I've recently been told that when filling a milk pitcher, you need to ensure the milk always fills to at least the start of the bottom of the spout. This has been causing problems for me, as once the milk starts to get a good roll going, it spews out. Is it really a hard and fast...
  16. Technical | Faults | How-to's
    Hi, I recently broke my 'Aerolatte' milk whisk so have started using steam to prepare cappuccino but am finding the whisk did a much better job. What am I doing wrong? Richard
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