lsolesen Senior Member Joined: 5 Mar 2014 Posts: 1 Location: Vejle Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Nuova Simonelli Oscar Grinder: Mahlkönig Vario
Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014, 11:22am Subject: Change steam wand on Nuova Simonelli Oscar
I've just bought an Oscar. I have tried making microfoam in a 0,6 l container with only milk for one coffee many, many times, but cannot succeed with the stock wand. Therefore I bought a new two-holed wand: http://www.kaffemekka.dk/652/no_burn_steamarm_2huls
I disassembled the machine, but the current wand is really tight. Should I do anything particular to get it of - or just use raw muscle power. Or am I on the wrong track?
Dave_89 Senior Member Joined: 26 Mar 2014 Posts: 2 Location: ZA Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Simonelli Oscar Grinder: Capresso Infinity
Posted Wed Mar 26, 2014, 12:24am Subject: Re: Change steam wand on Nuova Simonelli Oscar
I too am a new Oscar owner, although I work on commercial machines (semi auto), so it took me a while to get used to the oscar. The steam from the commercial machines is easier, it seems more effortless, but that does not mean that the Oscar is incapable!
I also thought I would need to change the steam wand tip, as I just wasn't getting the results I wanted. I tried plugging some of the tips with toothpics and such. This did help a little, in order to slow the process down a bit (the Oscar has a very powerfull steam wand).
But I needed to get used to the stock tip before laying out any more cash.
All it takes is a bit of practice and determination. Now my milk steams almost perfectly. I can create latte art with fat free/low fat/full fat. This all with the stock wand.
My suggestion is to place the tip in the centre of the pitcher, not at the side. Allow a little "tearing". But as soon as the pitcher is "skin warm", move the tip to one side and below the milk to mix it a little. Allow this until the pitcher is too hot to touch.
On the oscar this literaly takes seconds, and it is easy to overdo it.
So perhaps a two hole tip will help slow this down and make it easier. But it is possible with the stock standard tip.
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