DeanOK Senior Member Joined: 24 Sep 2012 Posts: 693 Location: OK Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: QM Vetrano 2B Grinder: Vario W
Posted Sat Sep 7, 2013, 5:03am Subject: The one feature on my new V2B I enjoy that I didn't realize I would
When I was shopping for a new machine I spent most of my time researching things that I thought would make the espresso better. I mean that is what we are all after. Some of the secondary features I didn't pay too much attention to.
Well, I have been pleasantly surprised by the one feature that I didn't think was going to make that much difference has greatly improved my morning routine. What feature is that you say? Believe it or not, it is the no burn steam wand. No, I didn't have a problem burning myself before, but what I didn't know was how much easier this steam wand was going to be to clean after each use. On my old machine I used to spend more time cleaning the steam wand than I now spend steaming the milk AND cleaning the steam wand. This wand just wipes right off. I suspect some of the benefit comes from the no burn feature and some of it comes from how much faster this machine steams the milk than my old machine did. On my old machine, the milk was cooked onto the tip and shaft to the point I had to soak them a bit with a damp rag before I tried to get the milk off.
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CarloM Senior Member Joined: 1 Apr 2013 Posts: 332 Location: Los Angeles Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Vetrano V2B Grinder: Mazzer Mini-E Type A, SJ... Drip: Toddy
Posted Sat Sep 7, 2013, 9:57am Subject: Re: The one feature on my new V2B I enjoy that I didn't realize I would
Ditto - even while waiting for the 4-hole tip I am greatly enjoying the no-burn wand on the V2B. I had done all the research and was prepared to take the teflon out to achieve more powerful, dry steam. When I was flushing the machine thoroughly, I realized that after the one-second or so bleed to get residual moisture out, once I steamed directly into an empty Pyrex glass measuring cup (so it was capturing just about all the water) after 25 seconds or so there was just a minimal amount of water in the Pyrex. The equivalent of maybe a half teaspoon, after 25 seconds! That was plenty dry for me. And I haven't had any problems with the power. Maybe that will change with the 4-hole tip, but I don't think so.
And as Dean says it's a breeze to clean the wand. A simple wipe, no force really necessary. A quick shot of steam, and it's good to go.
Actually the whole machine is really easy to clean. The stainless steel seems to wipe really easily, rather than being a water spot magnet that some cheaper quality, less polished appliances I've owned in the past.
And the brew group is surprisingly easy to clean. With the brew head of the Silvia, grinds would get all up and down the screen, inside of it, and all around the side of the head up to the gasket. It'd be a chore to wipe it clean between uses, and then I'd take off the brew head for deep cleaning every week and it'd be filled with coffee oils/grime inside.
For whatever reason, grinds don't tend to go all over the place on the V2B. Not up the side of the head, not to the gasket. When I wipe all around all the grinds come from the screen, and even that's not all that much. A quick flush or two, along with a plain water backflush, and it looks good as new. Even using the white porcelain cup test shows barely any residual grind even though after 15 drinks over four days I haven't removed the head/gasket for cleaning.
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