If you’re a budding home barista and loving your Gaggia Classic Espresso machine, you may be looking to upgrade your skills and machine at an economical price point. I have found the best step forward from this point is to lose the factory supplied steam wand and upgrade to the Rancilio Silvia steam wand (old version).
I was first concerned that I would damage my machine and did not want to make the modification. With a little bit of research I found this upgrade would be very easy to do and my machine would not be damaged. I even found a way to remove the Gaggia Steam wand in a way that would leave it in tact to swap it back out if need be. See my step by step video above if you haven’ t already.
I must say, the process of swapping out the steam wand is the easy part. I found learning to use the new steam wand to be quite challenging. I’m a bit of a newbie to the home barista world and was unaware of the proper way to steam milk. The Gaggia’s factory installed steam wand made the process quite simple but it didn’t give me the micro foam I needed. Once I “mastered” the steam process with the Rancilio Silvia steam wand I was blown away by the difference it made. The foam was very fine and even brought out the flavor of my espresso far better than the steam produced by the Gaggia Steam wand.
How to Steam Milk
Mastering the foaming process did take time. I can’t even say with complete confidence that I have actually mastered steaming/foaming milk. I have, at the very least, greatly improved. When I first installed the steam wand and proceeded to attempt to steam milk for my first steam wand upgraded latte, I failed miserably. I became very frustrated and felt a bit defeated. I realized very quickly that I needed to obtain some skill and knowledge about how to actually steam milk. With some quick research I found this video where Scott Rao teaches viewers how to steam milk with soapy water. Yes, soapy water! If you’re in need of a steamed milk crash course, this is your first stop.