Starbucks Barista

An easy to use home Espresso machine created by Saeco and rebranded for Starbucks. This machine is excellent for every day espresso drinkers and has an excellent build and product life.

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steam boiler heats water...has funny smell

The machine heats water and boils the water to steam....the steam has a pungent smell....not sure if it needs to have system cleaned....if so how do you clean it?

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Have you been using tap water or bottled water?

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I have always used tap water

by Henry Ricciuti

What city and country do you live in?

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When steaming milk it's possible for some of the milk to be drawn up the steam pipe at the end of the process. If enough of the milk gets into the boiler it will cook on the heating element and result in smelly steam. The only way to get rid of it is repeated heat/flush cycles or replace the heating element. To prevent this, every time you steam milk, when you're done remove the pitcher and open the steam knob again for a few seconds. This will clean the wand out.

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