bkazez Senior Member Joined: 10 Jan 2004 Posts: 76 Location: USA Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Isomac Tea Grinder: Mazzer Mini Drip: Not since visiting Italy!
Posted Fri Dec 10, 2004, 7:55am Subject: How to clean steam wand on Isomac Tea?
I'm having some trouble cleaning the steam wand on my Isomac Tea. After steaming, I open the steam valve a bit to clean the milk out of the wand, set down the milk pitcher, and wipe the wand with a cloth. I really have to scrub, though, and I find I can't get the grooves near the tip clean. As a result, there's a build-up of brown, very hard, dried milk in and near the grooves. What's the best way to clean this, and what's the best way to prevent future accumulation?
Posted Fri Dec 10, 2004, 8:17am Subject: Re: How to clean steam wand on Isomac Tea?
If you wet your cloth you'll have a much easier time. That's generally what I do, but it still doesn't get everything. I take the tip off and clean it along with my normal semi-weekly cleaning procedure.
kevinsp75 Senior Member Joined: 8 Jun 2004 Posts: 98 Location: Providence, RI Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Fri Dec 10, 2004, 8:52am Subject: Re: How to clean steam wand on Isomac Tea?
I bought a cheapo toothbrush that I put in with my espresso cleaning kit. I use it solely for this purpose. It works well to clean the ridge around the top of the steam tip, and the bristles are long enough to clean the inside of the tip when it is removed. Steam up a mug of hot water, a few brush strokes, and it's clean.
MPantani Senior Member Joined: 16 Oct 2004 Posts: 124 Location: Seattle Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Isomac Millennium Grinder: Pasquini Moka Drip: Never
Posted Fri Dec 10, 2004, 3:39pm Subject: Re: How to clean steam wand on Isomac Tea?
I'm having some trouble cleaning the steam wand on my Isomac Tea. After steaming, I open the steam valve a bit to clean the milk out of the wand, set down the milk pitcher, and wipe the wand with a cloth. Ben
Here's a thought - it sounds like when you run the steam through the wand after foaming, the heat might be baking the milk onto the stainless steel. Try wiping with a wetted cloth right after taking the pitcher off. Once the outside is clean, run some steam through it to blow out the tip. If there's built up crud on the wand, I've had sucess putting water in the pitcher and steaming it. The heat and swirling action loosens the gunk so it can be wiped off easily.
I've seen people leave the wand immersed in a pitcher of water overnight. This might have a risk if the machine is turned off and cools down. The cooling air will shrink and thus suck dirty water up into the wand. Not likely a big problem since turning on the steam probably blows it out and sterilizes the wand, but it's something to think about.
bobbyque Senior Member Joined: 2 Jul 2004 Posts: 19 Location: Sammamish, WA Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Millenium Grinder: Macap
Posted Fri Dec 10, 2004, 3:45pm Subject: Re: How to clean steam wand on Isomac Tea?
The brown stuff is carmelized lactose (milk sugar). Cafiza cleans up baked-on milk like magic. You can use a long narrow container (I swipe one of my wife's rose bud vases) and immerse the whole wand. Just let it soak about five minutes.
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