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Espresso machine not steaming

Commercial espresso machine (Rosito Bisani) heating up & making espresso normally, but not building up steam pressure to steam milk

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If the machine heats up for coffee, then the steam wand tips are probably blocked. Use a paper clip or needle to clear out the holes at the end of the steam wand.

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