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Philips HD-5661 How does Foam maker work?

I received this as a gift without a manual, turned the dial to steam but it doesn't do anything to the milk. Thanks for the answer, love that foam

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I recently acquired the same model of espresso maker. I have found that you have to turn it on, and give the water time to heat up before attempting to use the steam function. If you turn on the steam knob too early, it will shoot out a stream of water, so you have to wait till the water is hot enough... probably 3 minutes or so. I'm assuming that you already know that you just place the steam spout into a mug of milk to both heat it up and create foam simultaneously. -Tim

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