Question about Saeco Milk Island Automatic Frother - EssentialEspresso.com
I have a saeco milk island and it is only just heating the milk, no froth, what is the problem. I have cleaned all of the parts but still no froth! The coffee machine is a saeco taleo touch.
I found that to make a good seal between the milk island and the base, it helped to wet the nipple at the base slightly just before putting the milk island on. This seems to help it make and keep a tight connection. Prior to doing this half the time when we would put the milk island on the light would turn to red shortly after we started frothing.
Posted on Jun 06, 2009
This site has been very helpful as I have run into the same problems...the unit worked for about two weeks and then only hot milk - no froth. Took the milk island back and they gave me a new one - again it worked for about two weeks and then no froth. Totally frustrating. I look up the problem and found this site - I was happy because I found I was not alone in my frustration. So I completely took the milk island apart (the components in the carafe) there are 5 components - I don't know what they are called but there are 5. I washed all the parts and dried them. Then I looked for small holes to clean ( I used a flash light) and found 4 small holes (pin size) I used a toothpick to clean these holes. I then reasembled the parts and the unit worked as if it were new. It continues to work...we just have to spend the time to clean all the parts including the holes. (I think that if the holes become clogged with milk residue it will not make the froth).
As you can tell I'm not great at explaining this - the important part is to clean all the pin sized holes - there are 4 of them. Find them...clean them and it will work. Hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 07, 2008
I've given up and returned it the unit. What I thought would be a time-saver turned out to be a huge cleaning problem. It's just easier to froth it the old-fashioned way. When Saeco redesigns the milk frother to fix this problem, I'll be one of the first to try it... till then, my paranello works just fine.
Posted on Jun 09, 2008
Solution #2 is the correct way of cleaning it. Brought mine about a month ago, April 2008, 2 weeks later, all I got was hot milk. Took it back, and basically they cleaned it.
You have to clean the 'black triangular part with the rubber nozzle'
1) pull out the jug from the bracket
2) on top, pull off the triangular part
3) very light rinse it, DONT loose the rubber nozzle
4) let it dry completely
5) give it a sharp blow to purge any moisture/water which is inside the rubber nozzle
Done it 4 times now and still works fine.
Posted on Jun 09, 2008
Molly -- re: position of grey plug. I don't think this makes any difference at all. The key issue is to make sure those two slots are clear of debris or moisture. One month on and I have continued to achieve thick frothy milk purely from rinsing the milk island parts under a running tap, leaving them to dry, and then giving a short sharp blow to the two slots in the valve before reassembling.
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Posted on Apr 20, 2008
I agree with the poster that the key item is the little black plug (referred to as the valve in the supporting documentation). My milk island frothed beautifully for 2 months before gradually decreasing until I was getting just hot flat milk every time.
The valve has a dark grey pointed rubber plug which is possible to pull out and clean, and is fitted back in the hole by poking it back in. But what I found made a huge difference were the two slots/holes in the top of the valve piece. In my case they were clogged up (invisibly) with dried milk. As soon as I used a needle to unclog and clean the holes under a running tap, it got back to frothing again.
Whenever I use the milk island, I make sure I rinse and clean all parts immediately after use, leave them to dry, and before putting together again give the two holes in the valve a brief hard blow to clear it of water. The whole cycle takes about 30 seconds at most.
Posted on Mar 13, 2008
I tried cleaning the thing throughout, and drying it on paper towels, but still no froth. Luckily, I bought the machine from a reputable dealer with superb integrity. He fixed the problem for me by returning the milk island and getting me a new one. It works perfectly now.
Posted on Jan 27, 2008
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