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11 years 1 month ago #3365 by pcinkpen
Oscar doesn't like the milk... was created by pcinkpen
So, after researching and such I decided to jump head long into the espresso world with a Nuova Simonelli Oscar.

After a few weeks and a few more litres of milk I still can't even come close to foam - of any sort. I'm using a small pitcher. So I go back to Colin's review and notice that he said that it was futile to use a small pitcher.

My question is: Is it really futile? I hope so. Anyone else have trouble with this machine? I understand that I am a rookie but I've done everything I know to get this thing to foam. I've never watched so much youtube...

I hear that one guy mod'ed the steam wand and welded two of the 4 hole shut...I'll wait for someone else to chime in before I do the nasty to the machine.

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11 years 1 month ago #3366 by colin
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Actually - you are right. There is no such thing as a stainless steel milk jug that is too small. I have seen barista's putting 6 ounces of milk OR Less into an 8 ounce steel carafe.

In years and years of observing the pro's and pretending to be one, I have found that there is nothing more challenging than getting the milk right.

Here is one link that might help -

Foaming milk is one of the most difficult things to master - do not be too hard on yourself.

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11 years 1 month ago #3370 by tsquared
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pcinkpen--I too experienced the same frustration when I first got my Oscar about a year ago. I couldn't get any foam before the temp went too high. I searched around a bit on different forums and found a solution, easier and less permanent than welding. Take your steam head off your wand and jam a couple of the round type toothpicks into the holes, breaking them off. This leaves you with 2 functioning holes and gives you more time before the milk hits 125 to 130. Think of them as the barista version of training wheels. :P After a few weeks with the toothpicks I was cleaning my machine and decided to ditch the toothpicks and have never looked back. After a year I am still totally happy with this machine--it's not too fussy and gives you great coffee.
Let us know how you do.
I ordered a couple of grouphead gaskets from espressotec and plan to do a thorough cleaning and gasket replacement this weekend. This is the first part I've had to replace since getting the machine 2nd hand.
Did you buy yours new?
T2

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11 years 1 month ago #3376 by colin
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The other thing about milk:

make sure it is 2% and no more!

make sure the milk is cold!

Practice!

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11 years 4 weeks ago #3384 by pcinkpen
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So, I've been side tracked by my grinder issues. I'll leave the milk until a get a larger pitcher and then maybe try the tooth pick idea. Sounds like it would be a good form of training wheels.
I got the unit new.

The milk is always 2% Colin.

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11 years 3 weeks ago #3400 by pcinkpen
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So I've gone through a few more litres of milk. Still no luck.

I've tried a few different arrangements of the tooth pick solution and it make a noticeable difference in the time to get to heat. But I still can't get the thing to make anything but hot milk.

Could it be that the stream is too hot?
I thought that I'd enlist another rookie to try the thing out and he couldn't do much better.

Any advice would be great.
Any one on this forum from Halifax and want to come over and school me on the ways of foam??

frustrated,

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