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nirms
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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 9:33am
Subject: Steam wand issue
 

Hi! I'm new to the forum and a new owner of a Breville Cafe Roma Espresso machine for my home :)

I usually bleed out the water from the steam wand before using, and usually a trickle of water comes out, and this is followed by a steady stream of water jetting out of the wand along with the steam. I'm able to collect quite a bit of water in a cup from this, I've tried leaving it on for a number of minutes and I collect more and more water. I'm not sure if this is normal? Should I be able to see and feel water coming out of the wand at high speed? I know steam is from water but I'm not sure how much should be coming out of the machine. I initially thought this was not right, and called customer support who told me to leave the machine on longer to let it heat up which i did but it didn't change anything. I've only had it for less than a month so it doesn't require cleaning yet. I went to the store to exchange it and the new machine is doing the exact same thing. So again, not sure if this is normal or if I somehow got two defective machines? I'm an espresso machine newbie and would really like to know what I should and shouldn't expect from the machine.

Also, should the heating light be on while it steams? I always wait for it to switch off before I steam so that the machine is well heated up, but as soon as I switch to steam mode, the heating light comes on again. Is this normal?
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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 9:09pm
Subject: Re: Steam wand issue
 

Welcome to CoffeeGeek!

The Breville Cafe Roma Espresso is a SBDU (i.e. single boiler double use) machine with a thermoblock. In the middle position of the dial switch your machine is on stand-by. When you turn it to the right, it heats up to brewing temperature; when you turn it to the left it'll heat up to steaming temperature. This is how it should work: When you turn the switch to steaming, you have to wait for the thermoblock to heat up to steaming temperature (the little light on the right hand side flickers on), which is signifier hotter than for brewing espresso. You cannot draw steam before the light turn off. Then you open the steam valve. Usually a little jet of hot water comes out first, but then there should only be be dry steam, that you can use to froth milk. Unfortunately he steaming power of such a machine is usually not very large.

 
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Posted Tue Aug 27, 2013, 8:02am
Subject: Re: Steam wand issue
 

Hi NobbyR,

Thank you for the reply and the information! So does this mean I need to turn the switch to steaming, let the water jet out of the wand until the heating light switches off? Is it normal to have to run the steam for several minutes until i get dry steam?
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Posted Thu Aug 29, 2013, 9:36pm
Subject: Re: Steam wand issue
 

No, you should turn the switch to steaming, wait for the heating light to go off, and then open the steam wand. Only a small jet of water should come out before you get dray steam.

 
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