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lsolesen
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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?
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Dave_89
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Espresso: Simonelli Oscar
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Posted Wed Mar 26, 2014, 12:24am
Subject: Re: Change steam wand on Nuova Simonelli Oscar
 

Hi Isolesen,

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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