Need Instructions For Old Electric Espresso Machine
Q: I just found an electric espresso machine at a garage sale that did not come with instructions. The bottom has the following text: "It's a Columbia product ! - Made in Italy". The model number is CXE30 - Watt 550 Volt 110 Also sez: Acc. inox 18/8. Anyone know Italian? I can't find any info on the internet regarding Italian machines made by Columbia. It a 2 piece machine shiny steel machine about 12" tall and 5" wide (top twists off - gaskets look good). Bottom has heating element - where water goes and post where the steel coffee filter rests (bottom of it is black plastic). Top is where the heated water ends up and has the steamer nozzle and 2 black turn controls. One control is for the steamer nozzle and I think the other allows the heated water to rise up to the top portion (through the coffee). There is one on-off switch that has a red light and there is a yellow light. Both turn on when switch is turned on. 1) Does anyone know of this model and it's quality. 2) I did just ran it once with water to see how it worked but need some help on how and when to correctly operate the controls to make espresso and cappuccino. Both lights stayed on until I turned it off after about 4-5 minutes. 3) I also need to know how to measure the coffee and water.
A: Sounds like an electric "stove-top" espesso/capp maker. The red light is most likely just power indicationa dn the yellow light is "steam-ready." You fill the lower pot with water up to its safety valve or about 3/4 full, fill the grounds basket with coffee ground almost as finely as you would for a pump espresso machine, lightly level and pack the coffee (IMO), screw on the top. Plug it in, turn it on, and wait. As the coffee begins to dribble out, you open the steam valve, bleed off alittel water and close it again. Put the pitcher of milk up under the wand, bury the tip just below th milk's surface, and open the valve again, to steam the milk. When you;re done steaming, you let the espresso continue to flow. I'd then suggest only collecting the first half of the volume of coffee you wanted to produce. Collect the second half in a separat3e container and dump it.
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