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Espresso machine lacking instructions
I recently purchased a great espresso machine at a thrift store, and didn't think the lack of instruction manual would be a problem.. until I tried to both steam milk and make espresso in one use. I can't seem to figure out how (or if it's possible to) brew espresso and steam milk at the same time, nor can I tell which I'm supposed to do first. I tried brewing espresso and then adding more water to steam the milk, but the water exploded out because of the heat and that option failed.
The machine is a Maxim, and doesn't look super old but I can't find a manual online anywhere. The best way I can describe the settings is this: on the left side there is a dial with four options- brew->off->one circular dot->4 circular dots with what looks like a milk wand coming out of the top one. So far, the only setting that produces espresso is "brew", and the two on the other side of off steam milk (I've noticed no difference between the two settings).
I feel like an idiot for not being able to work a simple machine, after working at a coffee shop and running a much more complicated one. Anyone have a similar machine?