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I have just blown the valve on my bialetti cappuccino maker, can I reuse it?

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The valve no, it is dangerous. Steam under pressure is a bomb. If you can detach ?unscrew? the old valve and find a new one, it will be fine. 

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The foam is created by the steam/hot coffee from the lower part being forced through the doohickey and into the milk. That means that if the coffee itself isn't "perfect", the foam won't be "perfect". I've found that using different types of coffee (e.g. different grinds) or filling the coffee bin to different levels results in more or less steam/pressure being passed through, so the foam is better/worse. For example, if I put too much ground coffee in the bin or use too fine a grind, it blocks the water/steam that's going through the coffee, resulting in less coffee and weaker coffee, and also resulting in less foam.
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