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.
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. 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?
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.