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Show me the steam

How we let the barista control the volume of steam for perfect milk and latte art.
For all your milk based drinks that you produce from your machine, you will require some form of control over the volume of the steam that is allowed out from the machine via the steam arm nozzle.

Traditional espresso machines achieve this function by using steam valves, of which there is a few designs.
Standard Valve - shown in the diagrams below, and is the most widely used variant, allows great control with easy serviceability and low cost.

Lever Valve - operation is very similar to the standard valve, and can be more comfortable in operation, however this is a more costly approach for the same results.
Automatic Valve - a much more complex and expensive system that takes all the skill away from the barista, making it ideal for some locations where staff turn over is high. However, does not offer anywhere near the speed or versatility of the standard and lever type steam valves.
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