Markarian Senior Member Joined: 27 Jun 2012 Posts: 645 Location: Seattle Area Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi WT-WC Grinder: Baratza Forte AP, Mazzer SJ Vac Pot: Bunn Trifecta MB Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Melitta 102 Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Mon Sep 3, 2012, 2:21pm Subject: Saeco SIN006/Estro Vapore/Barista Inconsistent steam and possible failure
I've got an Estro Vapore that's been working fine for weeks now since I bought it used. I've been using the temperature surfing trick to get good, consistent steam and for a couple of weeks I was getting effortless microfoam every time.
However, recently I've been getting really bad steam which pulses and sputters and ruins my milk, either coming out too weak or too strong. When I listen to the boiler fill between steam cycles, I can hear a soft, intermittent hissing and at one point the group head gave a soft *pop* noise. Also, the return hose, which I assume carries excess water to the boiler has some standing water in it which doesn't budge no matter what the pump or boiler is doing. Is this normal? Or is this my problem? I'd appreciate some advice, as I really want to get this machine working again. Any ideas?
Symbols: = New Posts since your last visit = No New Posts since last visit = Newest post
Forum Rules: No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards. No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum. No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum. Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards. Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics. Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies. Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies. Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts. Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.