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    How much steam is able to be made with small boiler?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I watched a few youtube "silva" milk texturing vids today then had a stab at a making some better microfoam.......

    i had much better results using my little saeco bar2000 but i am worried about how much steam is useable before it "runs dry" and cooks.

    today i drew of more wet steam (prior to texturing) than normal to see if it "dries out" it did and i got a great result :)

    normal process for me is
    turn on
    grind coffee,
    heat machine to "ready" (already full of H2O)
    prime machine
    press steam button wait for "light on"
    purge steam 2-3secs
    texture 40-50sec 1 cup (?? will time)
    clean wand
    turn off "steam buttom"
    prime machine (refill boiler)
    heat porta and cup
    fill porta and attach
    wait for light if "off"
    pull shot
    swirl milk and make my attempt at latte art :)

    clean machine (empty porta, prime machine to wash shower etc)

    enjoy.......

    today i tried purging steam for 6 - 8 seconds and it got a lot dryer IMO
    but when steaming light went "out" out means heating on mine (i think, as it lights when "ready") i tried to "keep it on" like the Silva vids

    concerned about running the small boiler dry ????

    not sure how much but its small, maybe 300ml?
    whats the via venezia boiler size?
    Mine is brass but looks quite small (could not see a volume label)

    thoughts .....? *off to pull a shot :)









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    Re: How much steam is able to be made with small boiler?

    FWIW, the Via Venezia has a 150mL boiler. Silvia is 300mL.

    Id be interested in the answer to your question too...

    Cheers
    Stuart.

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    Re: How much steam is able to be made with small boiler?

    from what Ive read a silvia is good for about 6-8 milk drinks with its boiler at 300ml. I havent checked with mine as I only make 1 or 2 at a time anyway, but Id be sticking to that. so a 150ml boiler should get 3 (maybe 4) milk drinks worth of milk steamed I guess...

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    Re: How much steam is able to be made with small boiler?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2E29283C2F293A2F3C33295D0 link=1238642267/1#1 date=1238648646
    FWIW, the Via Venezia has a 150mL boiler. Silvia is 300mL.

    Id be interested in the answer to your question too...

    Cheers
    Stuart.
    hmmmmm 150ml on via

    time to take the top of on mine to have another look.....

    its not that i want to steam 1L of milk or more

    i just want to understand how to ensure i keep this and any other machine well looked after

    mostly when i make 2 coffees i steam the milk seperate
    eg i repeat my process twice to ensure less vairables in temp on such a small set up

    leeham



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