Hamilton Beach Espresso/Cappuccino Maker

Q: Hello, I just bought the above mentioned maker and am having troubles. It came with a VHS tape but I only have dvd players... Any help is greatly appreciated! The problem is with steaming the milk. I follow the directions (http://hbps.johnsonrauhoff.com/HBPS_HTML/840112600_HB/steam.html) but I can't get the milk to be steamed. The frothing is not a problem, but I just can't figure it out... Can anybody offer suggestions?

A: Do what I did- start this crazy madness/obsession by buying a cheap Espresso machine- I, too, bought the Hamilton Beach toy you now have. After going throught 2 in as many weeks, I sent the last one back for a refund, and decided to do some research on Espresso equipment. Long story short - I went from a $65.00 toy and a whirly-blade grinder to a $900 Expobar and a $400 Mazzer Mini grinder. You may not want to go to that extreme, but bottom line- you get what you pay for, and- you got what you paid for. You'll be hard-pressed to find anyone here who is a fan of the HB Espresso machine! If you're serious about Espresso- I would recommend at least a Gaggia- Rancilio Sylvia would be even better! For a grinder- The Gaggia MDF, or (and better) the Rancilio Rocky! You will never get anything that resembles good espresso or microfoam from the HB. You can't get blood from a turnip! Couterclockwise 3/4 to 1 full turn, but in order to steam/heat the milk. Do I just turn it a little bit or something? Sorry, Matt- I can't remember how it works- it's been too long. The HB was a gift for Christmas of 2003, and I didn't use it very much.