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Thread: Sproline Steam Tips

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    Sproline Steam Tips

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    Disclaimer: I'm going to sound like an infomercial (unfortunate but true).

    A fellow CSer bought a Foam Knife a while ago and raved about it... so I decided to try one too. Only problem was that I didn't know if it would fit on my machine. The product notes indicate that it fits onto LM and Synesso commercial steam wands. So I also end up purchasing a LM GB5 steam wand to replace my current wand, and then given that I'm buying from offshore and shipping is not cheap I throw in a Vortex steam tip as well.

    I found out a couple of things. The first is that these Sproline tips fit straight onto the ECM Manufacture steam wands (I didn't need to disassemble my unit and then spend way too much time reassembling!).

    The second is that both the Foam Knife and Vortex tips are amazing upgrades to my old two hole stock tip. With both tips I'm finding that the stretch time is significantly shorter and that the whirlpool I can generate is significantly more powerful. Microfoam quality is extremely high and fully integrated throughout the whole milk pitcher. I already felt that my milk steaming was of reasonably high quality for a home espresso person. It's now that much better. One warning is that the Vortex tip is super powerful. I generally steam a small pitcher for my wife's flat white and the Vortex produces such a powerful whirlpool that it was threatening to spill milk all over the place. The Foam Knife produces a more controllable result.

    So I'm extremely happy with this upgrade... and now I've finally modded the only unmodded piece of coffee equipment that I have.

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    The knife does look good on paper but I think I'd only be interested if it was a direct fit for my Lelit.

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    Huh... how did I miss this thread last time I was searching for info...

    kwantfm, did you find any difference/preference between the two besides the power?

    I'm eyeing one up myself... might have to go the Knife if I do though, since I mostly reach for a 300ml jug (though part of that is that the Classic was unsuited to anything bigger).

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    The Knife is much more controllable... having said that I've gone back to the stock tip (!). Power corrupts... or more appropriately too much power in the hands of someone who is a mediocre milk steamer can be problematic!

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    Hmmm... wanna flog that knife on? :P

    Seriously though, do you think it was a case of having rose-tinted glasses for your new toy (that you found a profound increase in quality to start with)?
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    Quite possibly the case... however it's also possible that with a bit more practice that I could be very good with the Knife. The more I use my equipment the more content I get (I could reverse that comment at any moment).

    If you want the Knife I'm happy to send it to you... the thing you need to check is if your steam wand is compatible with the thread. I actually bought a LM GB5 (?) wand so that the Sproline tips would work... not realising that the ECM wands are compatible anyway.

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    Sproline tips are available in Oz through Bombora supplies. They have them listed with rrp of $121 for the foam knife and $110 for the vortex and from what I can see, they're about the same price from the US but without the international freight.

    Man, they're exxy!

    We're happy to get them for anyone who wants one.

    Chris
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    Any experience with them?

    It's one of those things that could be awesome, or snake-oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragunov21 View Post
    Any experience with them?

    It's one of those things that could be awesome, or snake-oil.
    Erm nope....

    I did buy one of their shower screens and have enjoyed placebo effect coffee every day since!

    At least it looks good and is easy to clean.
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    Thanks to Dragunov for making me try the Knife again. I'm going to sound particularly flighty, but my original review stands. It is very easy to generate really great milk texture which is fully integrated. The Knife generates a very strong vortex.

    Also apologies to Dragunov... I had started to indicate on PM that I'd be happy to send for him to try out. Unfortunately for Dragunov, that's no longer the case as the tip is staying firmly on my steam wand! Sorry mate!

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    Sheeeit! :P

    Glad you've re-found the love for it though. I'll just pick one up in the US if I'm unhappy with the stock two-hole on the Alexia.

    I don't suppose anyone can comment on whether the thread is the same pitch as the Quickmill steam wands? I'd heard talk it was a 10mm thread, but proprietary (0.9mm pitch or something?)



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