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Markarian
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Posted Sat Jun 29, 2013, 8:47pm
Subject: Steam tips for the ECM Technika?
 

Does anyone know what tips are available for the ECM Technika IV Profi and what thread type they are?
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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 2:18am
Subject: Re: Steam tips for the ECM Technika?
 

What exactly is it you would like to know? As far as steaming is concerned, there probably won't be many differences to other prosumer E61 HX machines.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 6:04am
Subject: Re: Steam tips for the ECM Technika?
 

congrats on your purchase!  I'm sure you're going to love your new machine.  I would imaging that your steam technique will be similar to the Oscar, though you'll probably have less time to interact with the milk. Now, if you were going from an entry level SBDU to the ECM, well...that's a different story. I didn't see anything about the wand being a no-burn, which in my opinion is a very good thing.

I'd be very curious to read a report from you in a couple of weeks comparing the two machines (Oscar and Technika IV).

And yeah, I see no reason why you couldn't leave your machine on 24/7 if you plumb it.  I personally would continue to use a timer to have it on during possible duty hours if it's not plumbed (maybe even it it is). I mean, what's the chance you're going to use it at 2am?

 
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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 8:38am
Subject: Re: Steam tips for the ECM Technika?
 

I replaced a steam tip on an HX machine some years back.  As I remember, most tips fit a number of different machines.  Before you do anything, try the tip from your Oscar.  A call to your vendor will give you the specs and options available.

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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 8:39am
Subject: Re: Steam tips for the ECM Technika?
 

Thanks, guys. I've finally joined the Chrome Cube Club! What I was asking is what steam tips are compatible with the ECM Technika IV? Say, if I wanted to go to a single hole (what I've been using on the Oscar), or maybe a steam knife? Basically just trying to figure out what kind of steam tips can be fitted on the machine. I know the wand is NOT a no-burn, which I'm fine with, since the Oscar also just has a silicone sleeve. Does anyone know what kind of threading the steam tip is so I can peruse aftermarket tips or maybe use my single hole tip (meant for the Silvia V3)?

And I should write a report, definitely. It seems to be everything I've ever wanted out of a semi-auto. Honestly, I was happy with my modded Oscar, but I need something more durable and something that isn't nine years old where I'm the third owner and my other half loves tea, so the hot water dispenser is great.
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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 9:33am
Subject: Re: Steam tips for the ECM Technika?
 

Don't forget that you need to draw hot water slowly. First you will get a lot of steam as the boiler is above boiling telp, then a few oz will be about right then the autofill kicks in and cools the boiler and water flow nearly stops. If you "milk" the water out, you get more hot water sooner than you would just by opening the wand and letting he rip. Draw at about the speed you get water from the group head or a little slower. Guess where I get my water at a constant temp and volume from? LOL!

 
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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 3:39pm
Subject: Re: Steam tips for the ECM Technika?
 

My Technika Profi IV came with a two hole tip.  The place I bought the machine from also offers an OEM 4 hole tip...
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Markarian
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Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 3:43pm
Subject: Re: Steam tips for the ECM Technika?
 

Sounds like a mystery to me! Even Jim from 1st Line sounded unsure of the compatibility between any aftermarket tips. I'd love to try a Steam Knife or something like it at some point.

Also, unrelated question, I notice these nicer E61 machines have a shower screen that has no center screw, like Saeco or Simonelli. How the hell does the shower screen stay on??
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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 7:12pm
Subject: Re: Steam tips for the ECM Technika?
 

Screen has a lip that basically hangs it from the group gasket. You remove both together. I take them off every few days or so...inspect the gasket and give the screen a brief soak in Cafitza, then a scrub. Then rinse well and put them back on. Oh, and while they're off clean the group under where the screen sits. They come off easy using a little keychain bottle opener.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 10:47pm
Subject: Re: Steam tips for the ECM Technika?
 

By the way to you have the model with rocker switches for steam and hot water or the usual rotary valves?

 
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