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Steam nozzle I can get the milk to froth...I bought for a second time another nozzle with three holes...it still does not do a good job... The same...am unable to get cream from the coffee. It worked like this from the beginning I bought it...Rancilio "Sylvia" Espresso. what is the problem?....is it the machine itself or are the holes too small? I can't find a website selling steam nozzles.

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For the coffee - make sure the machine has heated up for at least 10 minutes. I've found the grind is the most important in getting a good shot of espresso with a good crema.

It takes trying different grinds to find what works best. When we grind at the store we choose the second finest grind from the finest - we put it to Turkish and then turn it back one notch.

On the steaming side - it takes practice. Sometimes I get froth, sometimes - I usually let the wand go near the bottom of the steaming cup and heat the milk to 160 deg. f.

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