Good one TG. This gadget caught my interest as a possible must-have.
As soon as I saw the video a couple of days ago, I wanted one.
My new toy arrived today from site sponsor E61 Espresso Machinery.
It was too well packed as I couldnt get it open fast enough to try it.
Seriously though it was packed in a cardboard box and well sealed with tape at all the opening edges.
Inside I found my new wand with a soft brass bristled brush already attached to the steam tip and a piece of silicon tubing slipped over it for protection.
There was also a small plastic bristled brush and two adapters for the end of the tubing attached to the brushs steam arm.
One for small and the other for medium/large steam tips.
There was also a selection of silicon tubing pieces to attach to the other end of the adapter and then your machines steam tip.
I was sent 2 of each size: S, M & L.
My Expobar tip needed the large sized tubing so I push the small end of the adaptor into the brushs tubing and the larger end into the large sized silicon tube.
I then pushed the large tube onto my steam arms tip and opened her up. Full steam ahead!!!!
Having already quickly checked if there was anything to clean in the group head (weekly clean is due on Sunday) I was not surprised to see brownish water dripping from the edges of the GH.
My GH is not spotless now as I only gave it a quick test and it has been quite some time since Ive given it a really good scrub.
However, I can see that regular use of this tool will keep the grime at bay.
I put the soft tip on and cleaned a few splash marks off the machine.
They vanished like magic.
If my steam arm was on the other side Id surely clean the sink with this thing.
Ooh, almost forgot, E61 included 100G OF E61 PREMIUM ESPRESSO CLEANER as theyd mentioned in their post (see link above).
This cleaning tool was as good as I expected it to be.
One small negative though. It does get HOT.
Even the thicker part that you hold soon gets too hot to handle.
I ended up wrapping a small cotton cleaning cloth around it to continue cleaning.
As my cleaning cloth is small, just the right size and always sitting under my machine, this is not a problem for me.
Cleaning has never been this much fun!!!
Good one TG. This gadget caught my interest as a possible must-have.
Very tempted by one of these. Whats your thoughts on them reaching a second group across for a 2 or 3 group?
I already own some kevlar gloves so the hot hands thing will be fine ;)
Woh, like it - Ill have to get one to go with my new toy... :)
I did manage to reach the sink today by pointing the steam wand across the drip tray but couldnt reach the far side of the tap. *;DOriginally Posted by 6067636C646E7B6B6C65020 link=1297995977/2#2 date=1298004574
You can answer your own question with a measuring tape.
The tube is about 60cm from adapter to the end of the handle.
From that point to the brush tip is another 23cm.
My gut feel is that it would be fine for a 2 group and if you have a 2nd steam wand on your 3 group then its not a problem for that either.
Also, if it was still a little short youd just need to replace the short piece of silicon tube that fits over the steam wand with a longer piece.
60 cm will get me where I need to be from either side wand :) Should also make cleaning in situ of the drip tray and rack possible between proper cleans.
Now on the shopping list.
I just wanted to revive this thread as a shout out to Matt at E61 Espresso Machinery.
I bought one of these steam arms when we were at the Brisbane Meet & Greet in March and the thing is a fantastic!
I use it on a weekly basis to clean in and around my group head, baskets and group handle and the amount of coffee oils it gets out of all three is phenomenal (na na nee na nah!) It certainly does the trick and is one of the best little cleaning things Ive ever purchased, even doing around the sink tap on a regular basis.
Much better value for money than the $400 steam cleaner that I bought.
As Thundergod says, it does get very hot, but I do what he does and use the microfibre cloth that lives on my machine to wrap around the wand - I find it only gets really hot when I use it for a protracted amount of time (ie; >1 minute) and then I often just let it rest for a little while, anyway.
So, two thumbs up from me!
Why did I have to see this???? Now I absolutely need/want/got to have one.
Yoooou candoooooiiiiit...!!Originally Posted by 2F0121031016030C620 link=1297995977/9#9 date=1302931767
Good post TG
Gary at G
I just bought one!
Caved in and bought one. Thanks Gary for giving me the push ;)
Oh, oh. My gadget addiction just got satisfied!
Im glad it was cheap.
TGs review and the current $60.00 special deal plus the 100G OF E61 PREMIUM ESPRESSO CLEANER convinced me and an order has been placed.
Anticipate that when it arrives Mrs MeanzBeanz will roll her eyes and say, "more coffee stuff?" ::)
To be honest, I see it as a bit of a gimmick, but if you can create a need.... ;)Originally Posted by 537B7F70645C7B7F70641E0 link=1297995977/14#14 date=1308881086
I use microfibre cloth and some steam from my machine. A rinse with a blind is more often than not fine for the group and if done frequently, pretty much makes a brush redundant.
Nevertheless, to each, his own ;)
If your profile pic is accurate she is just as likely to roll her eyes and complain about your R/C heli addiction too* ;) Should do a good job of degunging parts if your still flying nitro ones.Originally Posted by 4F67636C784067636C78020 link=1297995977/14#14 date=1308881086
Must get around to getting one for a multitude of uses around home and the coffee machines.
Agree! If it came with an extension lead long enough, your espresso machine could possibly clean the engine bay of a car. Imagine that!Originally Posted by 4740444B43495C4C4B42250 link=1297995977/16#16 date=1308893216
"Look dear, What a pretty new steam cleaning device. We can mount it on a trolley and you can use it to steam clean all the nasties away in the house. It is nice and shiny and can even be used to make a cup of coffee. How can we not buy it? I am only thinking of you my sweet." ;D ;DOriginally Posted by 41606B6B6C76050 link=1297995977/17#17 date=1308893478
:-?Originally Posted by 18475F494249454C4C4F4F474B442A0 link=1297995977/15#15 date=1308882140
Originally Posted by 035C445259525E575754545C505F310 link=1297995977/15#15 date=1308882140Me too. I do a chemical clean every 3 weeks or 1kg of coffee, which leaves the GH and showerscreen spotless.Originally Posted by 6559445F555443565E55310 link=1297995977/19#19 date=1308911301
In between, I do a daily water backflush, and when cooled down I wipe down the machine with a special grade microfibre cloth for stainless steel and give the GH a clean with a pallo brush and a quick wipe with a moist microfibre cloth.
Now Im sure this steam gadget may do a better job and is non abrasive and given not too expensive probably a worthwhile purchase, just pointing out good results can be achieved without it.
Is there no concern about cross contamination? That is, using a steam arm that is used mostly for milk?
Just a query as I have been told not to use the same cloth I use with my steam arm, as the one I use on my shower screen / group head.
Interesting health and safety thought but surely if you are worried about bugs being carried in steam then your steam wand needs a clean first regardless (not saying yours does either) :POriginally Posted by 2B242E382F2B39284A0 link=1297995977/21#21 date=1309130654
Got one of these coming later in the week so I will give it a good play on a few of my different machines and see how it goes.
Im definitely looking at getting one as well, I hate the thought of anything Ive missed with just a cloth so this will be perfect, just waiting for the machine to go with it :)
Not worried just made a comment based on what I have been told at the few lessons I have had.Originally Posted by 3136323D353F2A3A3D34530 link=1297995977/22#22 date=1309144556
If its being a bit too careful I stand corrected.
andrea I would have hoped that by purging before use, wiping and then purging after use, that anything bacterial would be flushed out. Well Id really hope so anyway, otherwise EWWWW :)
I think milk gunge on a cloth is certainly a bug growing issue BTW as are possibly the bristles in the wand but a rinse in some soapy water at the end I guess will fix that.
OT a little a steam wand cleaning brush is a must have for those that dont own one already :)
I have had mine for about a week now and just a few thoughts on it as a bit of kit.
Now proven at least on mine. The wand will happily reach the third group head for a clean but to reach the far side of the drip tray comfortably you need to use the second steam wand. It cleans the inside of the groups a lot quicker and easier than using cafetto and a conventional brush for an everyday clean and due to the steam finds bits that get missed by a brush alone.Originally Posted by 1B273A212B2A3D28202B4F0 link=1297995977/5#5 date=1298092977
It does get fairly hot after prolonged use so a litle care on the metal parts is essential like with the steam wands.
Works great when used in conjunction with a microfibre cloth for machine cleaning either as a quick clean through the day for a spot free finish or even an end of day clean. Simply the best thing ever for cleaning the wire drip tray on my Fioranzato which used to be a detergent wash and scrubbing brush clean and but this gets it cleaner with less work and no detergents for a daily clean.
On my stainless topped bench the brush had plenty of reach to get under the machine to enable a clean of that too.
I havent tried it on the little Pavoni at home yet but it comes supplied with plenty of adapters to suit a whole range of steam wand diameters so apart from having a lot less steam it would be fine on domestic machines. Also worth mentioning is the brush ends are replaceable and just unscrew (comes with a spare)
While it wont totally replace detergents or a bit of elbow grease for machine cleaning it will certainly cut back on their use. For the price a very worthwhile bit of kit* :)
Apologies for the cruddy phone camera pics