Manual for Salton Espresso (model Ex 45) needed

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I have a Salton Espresso maker (Model Ex45)and am in need of a manual for it. Can anyone please help?!?!?!?

-- Joel Burklund (JB260S@aol.com), April 03, 2004

Answers

The Universal Espresso Maker Manual http://www.everydaycoffee.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=61

-- Rolo (hod@gurus.net), July 07, 2004.

Joel,

Did you get a responce yet? I just bought the same model at a garage sale.. ..I also need a manual.

Rob

-- rob taylor (robtaylor@chartermi.net), May 07, 2004.


dear joel and rob, did either of you get a response. i just bought the same thing at a garage sale!!!.... with no manual!!!

-- avalon (mt_olympus@hotmail.com), May 28, 2004.

I found the following information on google but it is only available in the google cache since the original url expired (url not found error). These directions are copied below on this post or you can go to the cache yourself. The following 3 lines contain the web address. It has no spaces but for some reason I cannot connect the 3 lines in the answer box without loosing part of the address.

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The Universal Espresso Maker Manual Written by Administrator Thursday, 18 December 2003 by Colin Newell - Updated May 2004

Copyright 2004

Who hasn't passed by a garage sale and grabbed at a coffee maker that will pass itself off as a decent source of cheap espresso coffee or cappuccino for the home? Go on, admit it. We all want a way out of paying for those four- dollar lattes and mochas at the corner Starbucks.

Coffee is a journey, not a destination, so enjoy the ride. Did anyone tell you that those lattes and cappuccinos are a necessary part of life? It is not a matter of personal choice, you know. I used to drink International Foods coffee until I realized that there was something better than the artificial flavors that I was getting accustomed to. How complete would your coffee-espresso-cappuccino journey be without the ubiquitous steam powered toy?

It might be the Salton-Maxim, complete with electrical cord; It might be a Delonghi, Krups, or Braun, or maybe even a pump powered unit capable of producing acceptable espresso; It might take the name of a Bialetti, Elebak, Vesubio, Bellman, Benjamin & Medwin or Vesuviana, a stove top worthy of any Saturday morning brew session.

Basic Description A steam powered electric espresso maker generally has a thermal plastic skin with a aluminum boiler underneath, a knob or two, a two- way brew switch (offering the choice of brew or steam), a steam wand protruding from the main housing of the unit, a matching glass carafe, a handled coffee filter holder with a steel filter insert and a relatively robust screw cap on top.

The super-cheap machines, which I hear about every couple of days from some hapless victim of, yet another, bad garage sale or EBay bargain, often has no brew select switches at all, but, if you are lucky, an 'on' switch and, at worse, just a plug to put in the wall for electricity!

STEP ONE: Fill the reservoir almost to the top (see photo at right) with water, not milk! (You would be surprised how many people ask me if this is where you put the cappuccino beans and milk!) Screw the reservoir cap tightly in place. Consider the exercise of the dry run. That is, run the unit a few times before even considering using coffee. This will give you the opportunity of understanding the basic functions of the unit: where does the water go?; where does the steam come from?; how long does this unit take to heat up?; to cool off? When you are ready and comfortable, proceed. Plug the espresso maker in. In the event that your espresso maker has no power switch, have all your accouterments ready: fresh water; milk; carafe or suitable container; and mug or cup to capture the espresso coffee upon brewing.

STEP TWO: (for machines with a two-way brew switch) If yours is a machine without a two-way brew switch follow the instructions in step four regarding steaming milk, then proceed to step five below. If you have an espresso machine with a two-way brew switch, it is up to you whether or not you wish to brew espresso coffee or steam milk first. In my opinion, I would suggest that you steam (foam) your milk first, set it aside, then brew your espresso coffee. Place finely ground fresh espresso coffee in the coffee holder- filter (see photo at left). I cannot stress enough that fresh coffee, ground appropriately for these units, is very important if you wish to get results approaching drinkable. Use some tamping pressure to compact the ground coffee, but not too much pressure. You have compressed the coffee too much if no coffee comes out during the brew cycle.

STEP THREE: There should be a brew switch on the front or the side of your espresso maker. The two-way brew switch allows you to switch between brewing coffee and steaming milk. If your espresso maker has no two-way brew switch, then you truly possess the most basic espresso machine. If there is no brew switch, consider foaming the milk first, as in step four.

Because you probably possess a basic steam boiler powered espresso maker, eventually you will hear a rumbling sound inside the unit. This sound is water approaching the boiling point and your unit is now ready to brew espresso or steam milk. If there is a valve adjacent to the steam wand, turn it. Steam should whoosh out.

Steam warnings!

Be very careful. Steam can scald and permanently scar skin tissue, cause injury and/or death in children and so on. Failure of the 'safety relief valve' of any espresso - cappuccino maker, stove top, electric or otherwise, can create an EXPLOSION hazard. I have seen an aluminum stove top espresso maker explode embedding the top components 4 to 6 inches through drywall! There is sufficient explosive force in any steam powered product to injure or harm bystanders or users of these products.

STEP FOUR: Open the steam valve on the side of your espresso maker ( see photo above ). By following my basic milk steaming tutorial, heat your milk to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and no higher. Higher milk temperatures will scald and ruin the milk. Consider the purchase of a calibrated espresso cappuccino thermometer by the famous company Taylor. Once again, please read my short tutorial on foaming milk. If you have read my tutorial on steaming milk, you have practiced and become quite successful at the art and science of foaming milk, and now have a suitable carafe of steamed and/or foamed milk standing by awaiting the addition of espresso coffee.

STEP FIVE: Put 2 tablespoons of finely ground espresso coffee into the metal coffee holder or coffee filter-holder (shown above). Tamp it down with moderate force with a coffee tamper, the back of a spoon, or something of suitable shape. Attach your coffee-filter- holder holder to your espresso maker. Place a clean carafe, mug or other suitable container under the coffee holder to catch the freshly brewed espresso coffee. Flip on the brew switch. Within a few seconds espresso coffee will come out of the holder into the carafe, mug or other container.

After 25 to 35 seconds of coffee brewing, switch off or unplug your espresso coffee maker or the espresso coffee will be bitter and overextracted. Add your steamed or foamed milk to the espresso coffee. Adding foamed milk to espresso coffee creates a cappuccino! Adding steamed milk to espresso coffee creates a cafe latte.

These rules work with all Salton, Maxim, Krups, Mr.Coffee, Braun and other similar espresso makers that are steam powered. JUST BE CAREFUL!



-- Diana Wonderling (dianawonderling@att.net), June 12, 2004.


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