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Re: Milk is heated but doesn't produce adequate froth
Inspect the end of the frother nozzle you should see a small plastic piece protruding.
If you dont see it remove the lower half of the frother and insert a pen and push the plastic insert to the end of the frother.
A "click" should be heard when it is located correctly.
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I found that switching to a different milk solved my issue. It worked well with whole milk, but when I used Trader Joe's two percent organic it would not froth after .multiple tries. I borrowed a neighbor's creamer and it worked again.
Brand of milk definitely matters... Here in Canada I used Sealtest 1% when I first used it and the froth was thick light and luxurious. Then one week picked up Neilsen 1% and found it produced absolutely ZERO froth. Back to Sealtest...back to froth. Milk brand matters....but don't know why.
it is clogged with dried milk. Remove the frothing wand from the machine. now press milk froth. you should get a ton of steam blowing out of the hole where the frother used to be. Your frother comes apart for cleaning. pull the chrome tip off, pull the 90 degree fitting and the black milk suction tube off, if it is really dirty you can soak the disassembled frother in hot water with a cleaning tablet. ( the small ones you drop in the brew unit, not the big descaling tab.) also, there is a clear tube with a point on the end of it sticking out of the frothing wand. this is an air admittance oriface. it allows air to enter the hot milk stream and make it frothy and bubbly. if it gets clogged, you will get hot milk but no froth. Your machine came with a spare one in the parts kit.
If the frother is warming the milk, but is not frothing, then you want to make sure the panarello is clean.
Slide the cover off the frother and check the pin hold on the top edge of the cover. If this hole is blocked the milk will not froth. Rinza is great clean to help prevent these issues. http://www.cerinicoffee.com/rinza_urnex.asp
Also recommend frothing water instead of milk to clean the frother well.
For more information visit: http://www.cerinicoffee.com/Coffee_cleaning_supplies.asp
they make one that has the option of frothing milk hot or cold. Blue light is cold. Red light is hot. The red light will always heat the milk. To get to the blue light, you need to hit the button twice.( First will go to red)
This problem developed on my Sirena machine about a week ago. Stopped
frothing milk, but still produced lots of steam. In fact, it was
splattering milk everywhere, just not producing foam. Cleaned the steam
wand (including air intake) and descaled the machine (even though its
only 3 months old) to no avail. Called Saeco customer support
(1-800-933-7876) and the very helpful rep immediately identified the
problem. Inside the Panarello steam wand is a removable plastic tube.
The tip of this tube should protrude about 1/8" beyond the end of the
steam wand. Mine was not. Using the eraser end of a pencil, I pushed
the inner tube downward into position and, voila, I now have froth
As a Nespresso demonstrator I've had this question many times- use the black plastic wand for light foam- can use to max line. Using the wire whisk wand for heavy, cappacino foam and fill only to bottom line. This wand uses more aeration to achieve foam density- causing more pressure and your leaks. The wand stored inside the lid doesn't have anything to do with function of the aerrocino.
It doesn't froth because the air hole in the frother has become plugged with dried milk (cream). There are two types of frother - old one was a black rubber nipple with a stainless 2-3inch air tube rising above the milk. The plastic insert has a pin hole (really about the size of a straight pin!) that clogs. Use a sewing needle or straight pin to clear it.
I think you have a chrome steam wand end.
To froth properly, there is a very small hole on the side of the chrome steam wand that injects small bubbles into the milk, the hole is located aprox 1/4" down from top of the chrome wand, if this hole blocks up you can only heat the milk, not froth. I commonly use a stripped tin tie wire or a sewing needle to clear the hole . Clean the hole,do not enlargen the hole.