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dougiedd
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Posted Sun Feb 16, 2014, 12:00pm
Subject: Single hole tip for Pavoni Professional
 

I got tired of using the original three hole plugged with tooth picks so I bought an orphanesppreso single hole.
Now everything I have read suggests that the steam can be wide open but my experience with the smaller toroid pitcher I get way too much force and speed with this ....
and it seems very sensitive to how much I open up the steam valve.
I am wondering if a smaller hole tip would be better, or is it purely my technique, or should the  valve indeed not be open full bore?

TIA for any advice
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seanconnery
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 5:34pm
Subject: Re: Single hole tip for Pavoni Professional
 

Switched form 3-hole to 1-hole. Foams beautifully. Pick one up on eBay for $6-8.
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Posted Wed Feb 19, 2014, 6:34am
Subject: Re: Single hole tip for Pavoni Professional
 

The La Pavoni doesn't have much steam pressure, so a one hole tip works very well for concentrating that power into a stream that will swirl the milk in the pitcher, pull in the air needed for stretching and still transfer enough heat to the milk.  Opening the steam wand all the way is the best in my limited experience - but that doesn't mean all the turns.  Put water in a steaming pitcher, steam tip in the water and open the valve until the steam pressure is at max - for me about 5 x half turns.  That's your full open valve position, and as far as you need to spin the knob when steaming.

While I did okay with the 3 hole tip, I probably didn't give it enough chance as many people are able to do well with it.  I think it would work best for smaller cappuccino volumes of 1/2 cup cold milk rather than my wife's larger latte.  

Switching to a single hole tip and a couple months of daily steaming I found how to swirl the milk in my pitchers and build the foam into the best I've ever done.  Glossy, rich, moist foam that rode the line between a foam and a liquid.  Cappuccino's like that don't make it to the table in this house and generally get inhaled in front of the machine.

My NS Oscar has much more steaming power, but I haven't yet mastered it to the level of the La Pavoni and a single hole tip.  The Orphan Espresso tip should work quite well per reports.
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dougiedd
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Posted Wed Feb 19, 2014, 8:34am
Subject: Re: Single hole tip for Pavoni Professional
 

that agrees with everything i have read but for me the single hole when open full makes the milk heat up too fast relative to stretching the milk (the milk gets to 160 well before I have been able to stretch sufficiently). It seems to have LOTs of power, More than likely this is still technique...
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