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timmangan
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013, 1:02pm
Subject: Giotto Steam Wand Struggles
 

Hi there,

I recently got an ECM Giotto, and when i foam my milk, it get so hot so fast that I have no time to make microfoam, or at least try to make it anyway.

I end up with either really milky milk, or really bubbly milk.

Also, not getting much crema at all with my fresh beans, but I guess thats anoter post all together.

Ugh!!!

- Tim
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SStones
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Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket...
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013, 5:37pm
Subject: Re: Giotto Steam Wand Struggles
 

I'm not the best person to be answering this, as my frothing skills are a source of amusement to capable baristas, but...
Slow down the steam flow, don't open the valve as far as you're opening it, if you are getting too much heat too fast.  With the lessened flow, you can get the milk to fold through itself with the frothing tip closer to and/or right at the tip. Don't submerge the tip until the frothing jug has noticibly gained volume (Of trapped air) and then increase your angle and submerge a little distribute the foam throughout.
This is one technique. I know many will point out whatever flaws I have included or omissions I have neglected.  As stated, I'm not great at the frothing.  The obvious point there is that if it's heating too fast, you're putting too much heat too deep in the jug.  Frothing gurus, please refine the advice.
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dsblv
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013, 8:02pm
Subject: Re: Giotto Steam Wand Struggles
 

There is lots of information on this site and Home-Barista on how to use an HX machine.  Steaming and pulling great shots are easy once you know the basics.
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