iwantcoffee Senior Member Joined: 5 Jun 2012 Posts: 14 Location: Seattle Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Oscar Grinder: MDX Drip: Hario
Posted Sun Jun 24, 2012, 5:44pm Subject: Nuova Simonelli Oscar steaming milk help
I have been having lots of trouble trying to steam milk for latte art on the oscar, the milk just gets too hot before any foam is made. Any suggestions? I have the latest 4 tip steamer with smaller holes so don't think that's a problem. Any help would be very appreciated thanks!
germantownrob Senior Member Joined: 2 Dec 2007 Posts: 2,018 Location: Philadelphia Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Duetto 3, A Dead Oscar Grinder: Vario-W, Preciso w/Esatto,... Drip: Brazen Roaster: Diedrich IR-1, HT B
Posted Sun Jun 24, 2012, 6:38pm Subject: Re: Nuova Simonelli Oscar steaming milk help
First advice I have about the small tip is to poke the hole clean often, the smaller holes clog easy with milk scum and reduce performance quickly. I never had to poke the holes from the stock tip and thought it did a very good job until I got the smaller hole tip, made great micro foam easy but the holes clog even with an extra long purge after. I poke the holes every two days and that seems to keep all working well.
If your tip is fine and you need to learn to get the Oscar to stretch milk then I suggest practicing with a drop of dish soap in 5oz of water, that helped me a lot with the stock tip..
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 5,684 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 5:49am Subject: Re: Nuova Simonelli Oscar steaming milk help
You can also start with larger volumes of milk, it is harder to make small volumes of milk when you have the power of an Oscar (and up) for steaming. I use a thermometer, I find no shame in it. I also find that judging by feel alone, I would stop about 30 deg too soon as, to my touch, at 140F, I can't stand to touch the pitcher hardly at all (yes even for my blacksmith hands!)
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