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  1. Hi All Using the steam wand (silvia), I noticed that some steam comes out of the main group head when steaming milk. Had this for a long time but wondering if you have the same experience?
  2. Gaggia Classic, owned by me from new, 2013 I think. I used to make 1 or 2 drinks per day, but have rarely used it since our son as born in 2014. I now use a Bialetti stove top, which does for me. Its in great condition. Regularly cleaned, descaled and back-flushed. Comes with : Upgraded Rancilio steam wand (a must for these machines in my opinion). Gaggia Double basket. Original baskets, portafilter and stuff. MadeByKnock Tamper. £140 for everything. Collection preferred. I'm in Middlesbrough.
  3. Since getting back from Italy I am fixated on buying a machine that will give me something of a little class. I have narrowed my search down to the gaggia classic and the rancilio silvia. I have read many advantages and disadvantages of each and it looks that the rancilio silvia will be the one for me but at a greater cost. I was hoping for a little advice, if I bought just the rancilio silvia for now, is it possible to still make a fairly good standard of coffee using supermarket pre-ground coffee? I have three bags that need to be used up. As long as its drinkable and better than instant thats a yes. Also, I have found a website selling such a product which is going for £360 (excl delivery). Is this a good price for the 2009 version? For both the silvia and rocky grinder, its talking about £560(excl del). I will have a lot of problems from the missus to justify spending so much money if it turns out to be bad. Is this money well spent? Also, does the rancilio come with pretty much everything I need to start making my milk based drinks? Does it come with the portafilter and is it a twin or single?
  4. Just started trying to foam/steam milk. Until now, I've been using a mini whisk type thing, after heating the milk in the microwave, but would like to learn to do it properly. I have a gaggia baby class, which has a plastic attachment on the steam arm. My main problem seems to be that my jug is overflowing with foam before the milk gets hot enough. I'm using semi skimmed milk. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks.
  5. Hi all, Am a new member here, it seems an amazing resource so am sure someone has the answer! I have a Baby Gaggia (the manual type with four buttons on the front face) and I am experiencing a constant and annoying problem The steam comes out of the wand in 'spurts' and results in the milk getting hot but with no froth. I've cleaned and de-scaled a couple of times now, replaced the O ring on the steam wand and messed about with milk type temperature etc. Am sure that it seems an 'internal' probelm but any help would be very much apreciated as the girlfriend's morning latte does not meet the usual standard and my macchiato is now just an expresso!!
  6. carper2k

    steam wand

    Hi All I am looking for a steam wand for my Gaggia platinum machine. I only want the piece at the bottom and some of the tube i want to remove the plastic piece from the Gaggia and solder the nozzle piece on to the pipe thats left. If any one has an old wand or even a piece of tube i would be most grateful. This is only an experiment to see if it works thats why i don't want to open up the machine to change the whole steam wand. Regards Paul Read
  7. Hi, I've been having problems with the steam wand. Up till now, the steam was coming through uninterrupted and would last for quite a while, providing sufficient levels of steam to froth up small pitchers of milk effectively. Now, the temperature light is on, i go to steam, and the pressure required for steaming last 5-10 seconds before i'm left with the pressure so low it only makes slight bubbles...not enough required to even heat the milk, let alone froth. I've taken apart the wand, and checked for milk build up, and cleaned it, but that hasn't done the trick. I'm sure someone will have experienced this problem, and i tried searching everywhere before asking my question. Many thanks!
  8. Given previous discussion about how the no-burn steam wands can sometimes be lacking in power, I wondered if anyone made Teflon-coated wands to approach the easy-cleaning of steam wands from another direction. It seems they do exist although for professional models only unless anyone knows any different? Anyone seen one in the flesh? Found a few photos on Flickr for anyone that wants a look... And to pre-empt the obvious points people will make - yes, good technique of cleaning the wand straight after use before milk can 'harden' on a regular wand will mean these aren't really necessary but since when have people on this forum only bought what was necessary
  9. noticed a couple of days my steam wand started leaking. a couple of water drops, sometimes it's like a pressure release... is it something i should worry about? is there any remedy on a budget?
  10. Having swapped the original steam wand for a Rancilio wand last week, my classic has now developed a leak from the wand. Where can I purchase an original wand so I can return my Classic to Amazon for repair/refund? I had to bend the original wand to get the bolt off. The machine is 4 months old, am I correct in thinking Amazon would give me a refund. I don't think I would want a replacement, I'd prefer to invest in a better machine. Thanks
  11. Eyedee

    steam wand

    Does anyone know if it is possible to fit a different steam wand to my Gaggia Baby, the panarello thing just doesnt cut it for me.
  12. I have owned a gaggia Classic for about 6 years. It is routinley cleaned/de scaled. Several months ago I was unable to froth milk. No bubbles either large or small. This seemed to just happen overnight. I eventually changed the wand to a Rancilio Sylvia wand. Was, and still is a lovely looking bit of kit but still no foam. Concidering I had 5 years with perfect foam, could there be any corolation between steam pressure and my inability to produce foam? This is the only reason that I can think of for foam to suddenly stop almost overnight. My friends all drinks cappa's...what a bummer!
  13. Need some help ASAP with a coffee machine that I have seen online. We are on a tight budget, start up micro-pub which also wants to sell coffee. I've been looking at a Fracino Classic 2 on eBay for what I consider a very cheap price - considering that it has extras included. The listing states that its used, it's visibly not been kept in a pristine condition as you can see burnt milk on the wand. This troubles me. How hard would this be to clean, will there be issues with other parts of the machine because of this? I'm worried that if the person hasn't used it in a while it may be faulty. Does anyone have any knowledge of this model? Google searches aren't turning up much unfortunately.
  14. Hey there! I bought a Rancilio Silvia like a month ago and since then I am trying every weekend to get proper coffee (but this is discussed in a separate thread ). However, last weekend I tried making foamed milk with the steam wand. The first step I always carry out when I turn the machine on, is extracting about 350ml of water through the steam wand (not steaming, just hot water) and a bit of water through the group head- just to exchange the water in the boiler. The first thing I noticed, when pulling water from the steam wand is that the water is splashing around, because there is no steady stream- I suspect that this is related to air in the hoses/tubes..? Another, more serious thing: In the evening after cleaning the machine, as I always do, I unscrewed the tip of the steam wand- I noticed a lot of rust there. Shouldn't this be stainless steel?? Please see the attached photo. I already notified Caffe Italia, not only to tell them about this issue but also about the issue, that I share with several other users: The plastic smell of the machine... But they didn't answer so far... Should I exchange the steam wand? I would prefer not to do that :/ Thanks!
  15. Recently purchased a Krups Calvi Espresso machine during the Black Friday promotion (120 pounds), it has some interesting features for a budget machine like auto-purge and 3s low-pressure preinfusion. Although it can make some really decent shots, I found the steam wand to be a bit too underpowered my liking (it's even weaker than my previous 3-year-old Delonghi Eco310 without the Panarello attachment). It struggles to even froth (not to mention heat up) a small volume of milk (120-150ml) before the 75s auto shut off feature kicks in. Unfortunately, the steam wand issue is a deal breaker for me but I have been thinking about returning the machine and upgrading to the Sage Duo Temp Pro. Will that machine be a worthwhile upgrade (for a 200 pound premium) especially in terms of milk frothing (steam wand pressure) and espresso extraction? Or should I just save the money and buy a better grinder instead (currently using the Hario Mini Mill)? Thanks.
  16. Well they like to drink from dipping steam wands too. In fact, one of mine is sat on the worktop now watching the drip tray intently for drips. Hmm..
  17. Morning! I recently purchased a Gaggia Classic from 1998 and i've been given some really useful advice from here. One of which was to upgrade the steam wand to the Silvia V2. I can't unscrew the nut that's holding the steam wand! I wondered if anyone had some tips? It's quite fiddly to get a grip on and quit a shallow nut. I've tried a bit of WD40 but wondered if anyone had any other tips? Thanks!
  18. Morning All I have recently upgraded my Gaggia classic with a rancilio V3 steam wand (brilliant instructions on here – thanks) To say I am disappointed with it is an understatement – it is nowhere near as good as my standard one. There doesn’t seem to be enough power to froth the milk, the milk also sticks to the wand and is a nightmare to clean off. My standard one used to froth the milk into a ball if a wasn’t careful – and it was simple to clean – one wipe with a damp cloth. Have I done something wrong? Has anyone else had similar experiences? Thanks Pete
  19. Just getting to grips with the Silvia I bought second hand. Does the stock steam tip unscrew? If it does, mine's pretty 'milked' on. Any tips on loosening it up if so?
  20. I am really enjoying my 2 week old Izzo Alex Duetto MkIV, getting some great results at the moment using BB's 'Milk Buster' espresso beans in my Latte & Cappuccino drinks. The only minor gripe I have with the machine is the rather short steam wand, when using my 20 oz Milk jug for steaming milk for just one drink, the wand is only just long enough, the sharp bend near the top of the wand does cause some restriction. Its far from a big problem, but does seem to be a minor design flaw to me. Just wondering if anybody else here had found the same issue?
  21. I've had my Classic for a little over a month now, so still very much learning the ropes. The first modification I made was the upgrade to the Rancilio Silvia steam wand. It’s made a huge difference to the milk frothing. Cravendale Green is a great choice too. I also swapped out the pressurised baskets with a standard basket and got very disappointing results. I kept working on my grind and got to a place where I felt I had the right grind, but still the shot was far too quick. The only way to slow it was to choke it, which would have still been wrong, so I decided I had to do the OPV adjustment. I managed to get time to do the OPV adjustment this weekend. It took about 30 minutes all in, which is miniscule compare to the enormous difference this turn of a screw has yielded. Whereas before the water was running through in about 10 seconds flat, a 60ml shot of espresso takes a good 28 seconds to come through now. Bags of crema too. The pressure was around 14 bar (static) so a drop of 4 bar to a static 10 bar is quite a drop! It’s been the icing on the cake, as its validated that my grind was right, it was the pressure that was wrong. The cherry on top was trying out the bottomless portafilter again. I tamped the coffee down, and set the shot ready to go. I backed off a foot or so, fully expecting a shower of coffee, but instead I got a solid spout of coffee straight into the shot glass, which looked sumptuous! I tried it again and got a little channelling, but every time I do it I get decent results and lovely crema, and it’s very, very satisfying! So the reason I post this is that for any new Classic owners, if there is one thing you should try it’s this modification. Makes the world of difference.
  22. Hi all, I have not fixed the dripping water tap yet (see my other post if that interests you), but I just noticed another issue which has shown itself in my Cherub - I hope I have not bought a dud! After I pull a shot I get some water out of the solenoid outlet into the (rather shallow) drip tray. Is this normal? Even without the porta-filter in place I get the same thing. I have back- flushed regularly with just water and have used some cleaning agent (purly-caff) yesterday after 4 weeks or so of use. I thought if something was not working properly in the solenoid valve, cycling it 10 times or so during the back-flushing process might sort it, but not so... Also, I the steam wand has developed a leak, but only when in use. Its coming from the ball joint area and running along the tube. I guess I will call Fracino on Monday again but any pre-advise appreciated so I know what to ask for. Seems to still be making great shots though Cheers!
  23. hello everybody, i am brand new to the espresso machine world. I have just got a Gaggia Classic which I have up and running for espressos (thks to the posts on the correct use of the pressurised baskets !)...however...when I went to steam some milk the end of the steam wand blew off (the black plastic bit). The only way it works is holding it to the side of the jug. Is this they way it should be used ? thks mno101
  24. As most of you will know, I have had my Rancilio Silvia for about two weeks now. The one thing I have noticed is that sometimes I get a small pool of water which has leaked from the steam wand when I first turn my machine on. At first, I thought it might be because the steam knob was not closed properly but I now when I put the machine on, I place some kitchen towelling underneath it to catch the drips. Is this normal and do other people experience similar experiences? I don't see it as a huge problem but just wondering?
  25. I stay at hotels a lot and have noticed an alarming trend of gunked up steam wands on their machines. It would appear that the basic system of using a damp cloth to remove milk foam and a short burst of steam to ensure no milk has been sucked up is not widely adopted or process followed by all staff. I usually point out this shortcoming to the nearest bar staff member but it seems that many of them wait until the build-up is of epic proportions before they remove the steam wand and soak overnight to soften and remove. How would you approach this with the bar staff (or wouldn't you bother)? as my approach is not met with much enthusiasm. If I notice this and others do then they may be losing customers as a result. If this (visible) part of their machine is not cleaned then what are the group heads like?
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