file steam wand for silvia and coffee art

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9 years 3 months ago #4390 by new_barista
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i know this isn't cool (coffee art) but i want to be able to make some once in a blue moon for guests. i have a 2008 silvia. it has a tip on the steam wand that is octagonal. i looked at the new silvia and see that it has a conical tip. would that make a difference for producing silky smooth foam? i can't even get close to that with my present steam wand. suggestions welcome.

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9 years 3 months ago #4391 by colin
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I am NOT a milk expert -- but it is NOT the shape of the head, it is the number and configuration of the holes in the tip.

A quick search of the forum - kywords "milk" or "foaming" may help.

Milk experts chime in now please!

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9 years 2 months ago #4395 by DonzasH
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I looked at this a while back and found a few sites that sell and upgrade kit for the V1 and V2 for the V3 steam wand. It seems that the Silvia did move from the 3 hole tip back the single hole.

As Colin said, "it is NOT the shape of the head, it is the number and configuration of the holes in the tip."

In the end it's also a personnel preference. More holes the faster (and more evenly maybe) you can froth milk but you are more likely to burn the milk and run out of water from the boiler.

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9 years 2 months ago #4398 by l_allen11
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(Just posted this on another thread, but thought it might help here too.)

We have finally figured this one out - perfect micro-foam!

Here's the trick (perhaps you know this already?):

You need to stretch the milk ONLY while it is cold - so you need a thermometer. Only stretch until 15 C, or 60 F (once it reaches this temp - NO MORE STRETCHING! - this is hard to not do).

Second trick:

Once you hit this temp., drop the wand into the milk and make a 'standing wave'. Get the milk swirling in the pitcher and try to make a nice little kayakers-dream surfing wave on one side of the pitcher. This is what will keep your micro-foam from getting those big dopey bubbles. Think waves on rivers...(I hope this makes sense).

Keep steaming until it's hot enough (I prefer 80C, or 170F), then pour into your espresso immediately. If you get big bubbles on top, swirl and tap pitcher lightly on the counter - they don't really mess you up too much).

That's it!

As for latte art, my partner is better at it than me. He makes leaves, phoenixes (his specialty), hearts, and many other gorg. designs.

Happy foaming!

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9 years 2 months ago #4399 by new_barista
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l_allen11 wrote:

(Just posted this on another thread, but thought it might help here too.)

We have finally figured this one out - perfect micro-foam!

Here's the trick (perhaps you know this already?):

You need to stretch the milk ONLY while it is cold - so you need a thermometer. Only stretch until 15 C, or 60 F (once it reaches this temp - NO MORE STRETCHING! - this is hard to not do).

Second trick:

Once you hit this temp., drop the wand into the milk and make a 'standing wave'. Get the milk swirling in the pitcher and try to make a nice little kayakers-dream surfing wave on one side of the pitcher. This is what will keep your micro-foam from getting those big dopey bubbles. Think waves on rivers...(I hope this makes sense).

Keep steaming until it's hot enough (I prefer 80C, or 170F), then pour into your espresso immediately. If you get big bubbles on top, swirl and tap pitcher lightly on the counter - they don't really mess you up too much).

That's it!

As for latte art, my partner is better at it than me. He makes leaves, phoenixes (his specialty), hearts, and many other gorg. designs.

Happy foaming!


yup i knew all of above; thanks. but i timed how long the boiler light is on and try to foam before it goes off; purging twice to get out moisture. but still no luck. i think either i don't have enough pressure for steam or i need the new v3 wand.
any suggestions or advice?
Eb

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