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I require a User manual as the machine produces hot water OK but no steam to froth the milk. Perhaps you can tell me how to make steam?

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Thank you for your concern. I have not found a solution to my problem of how to make steam. I have come to the conclusion that the machine is old and worn out - it was given to me only last week by a well meaning friend who found it stored in her attic where it had been for an indeterminate length of time, presumably because it did not work. I shall now take it to the dump.

Norman Harper

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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