Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 1:27pm Subject: What IS this coming out of my steamer?
Does anybody know what this is coming out of my steamer? (See pic below) Is it simply coffee gunk and calcium build up from my water? I have a Crossland CC1 that I got new last year. It comes out mostly after I decalcify my machine, only from my steamer when it is set to steam, and comes out most when I initial open the steam wand to before steaming to dry out the steam. Make sense? Anyone know what I'm dealing with? - Sorry if the pic is small...
Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 2:43pm Subject: Re: What IS this coming out of my steamer?
Look closely. Could it be bits of caramelized milk? Be sure to always remove the steam wand from the milk as soon as you shut off the steam. Otherwise, steam in the pipe will condense and form a vacuum sucking milk up into the wand.
Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 2:56pm Subject: Re: What IS this coming out of my steamer?
Good call on the milk, Frost. I've been wondering that too. I do remove the wand as soon as I shut if off, typically just before the steam is done blowing out. I then clean the wand with a wet paper towel and clear the wand out by opening the steam valve again after. Also, in the last month, after cleaning the tip, I've been turning the steam off, and then opening up the steam valve until just water comes out. I assumed that was enough, but maybe not? Is there more I should be doing?
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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 5:07pm Subject: Re: What IS this coming out of my steamer?
I agree that it looks like old, nasty milk flakes coming off the inner-walls of the steam wand. You could remove the wand from the machine and soak it in a milk-frother cleaner (Or soap and water), Then, reattach it and blast it clean with enough steam to flush it and rinse it completely.
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