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    Sunbeam Cafe Series crap to froth

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    Yesterday my Dad bought himself a Sunbeam Cafe Series Espresso machine... Well he let me be the fist to christen his semi-commercial coffee machine and gotta say, its a bit dicky. The wand is a cow to use, and our gauge is all stuffed up. Anyone else bought this mahine and suffered the same problems?

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    Re: Sunbeam Cafe Series crap to froth

    all machines operate differently :D
    its about learning how to get the best from what is in front of you. some are easier to use than others.
    depends on what you are used to

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    Re: Sunbeam Cafe Series crap to froth

    Can you be a bit more specific regarding the model of your dads new machine? I have a Cafe Series 6910 and its an awesome machine IMO (of course it cant compare to the high end professional espresso machines,.. Im not that naive *;D...but for the money!! and the taste in the cup,...well no complaints from me)

    The steam wand on my machine is terrific, however,...last night I drove my mothers Cafe Crema and the steam wand on that machine truly is a cow to use.

    If your dads machine is a 6910 and it is the first time you have used it, then have no fear...all is not lost. *There is steam pimping and water temp pimping to be done yet,...tonnes of dosing/tamping info here on the 6910 to read and practice to be had. It makes an awesome coffee.

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    We have a cafe crema at work and the steam wand is a cow the worst thing is its far to short and takes forever to heat milk.But I have been tempted to modify the double floor baskets.

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    I have had the em6910 for well over a year and up until yesterday have had little problems foaming my milk. However, now im struggling to get micro foam and the milk is heating up much quicker than what it has ever done (I always use maximum steam). I had this exact problem with the em6900 and sent it back to Sunbeam. It was Christmas and they were busy so they sent me a brand new em6910. Any ideas anyone?

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    Welcome to coffesnobs Scottland; You could try using less steam ,but with my machine its very hard to get the steam coming out just a little less it usaully cuts right down.
    If your steam wettness is set to the dryest setting change a little wetter maybe that will help.Or changing milk to one higher in protein.
    Im sure someone here can help there are a lot of C/Sers with this machine,as they are a great starting point.

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    Thanks for the welcome Martybean. I tried the less steam option, however, it tends to come out at the same rate. The milk I always use is Pauls Smarter white. Ive always used this milk and normally get good results. Maybe the machine will be back to its usual self shortly - ill just keep trying different settings and techniques. At least the actual coffee coming out is good. Im currently using the Coffeesnobs Peru single origin bean and its very nice.
    BTW, can you actually change the dryness of the steam on a em6910?

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    Re: Sunbeam Cafe Series crap to froth

    The instructions on how to are in the manual scottland.

    The old 6900 at work went to Sunbeam for repair last Christmas and they didnt do a good job of it.
    When I complained about having to send it back after only 5 days working again, they also offered a brand new 6910 (which I drove to get same afternoon before they changed their mind).

    So if we can learn anything from this is Christmas is a good time to push Sunbeam a bit. ;D

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    BTW, can you actually change the dryness of the steam on a em6910?
    Yes you can you should also crank up your espresso temp its all there in the manual the machine has a cleaning setting to

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    Re: Sunbeam Cafe Series crap to froth

    My EM6910 I have had for about 15 months - it has performed flawlessly - it steams like a little champ and delivers excellent microfoam and solid shots. I still think its a great machine for the price.

    Cheers

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    Re: Sunbeam Cafe Series crap to froth

    Ive found the relevant instructions in the manual and will have a play around. Thanks for the assistance.

    ozscott, despite this little hitch, I agree with your comments. My em6910 has also worked well for about 15 months too.

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    Re: Sunbeam Cafe Series crap to froth

    The wand on my 6910 has no problems. I agree with Remy it makes an awesome coffee. It did take a bit of practice to get it that way though.

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    Re: Sunbeam Cafe Series crap to froth

    Ive played around with the settings a bit now and lowered the steam temperature by 5 deg C as the milk was heating up well before I could get decent microfoam happening. The results are better now. I have had to change my technique a fair bit so the results still not as good as what ive been getting for past 12 months or so. I will keep practicing.



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