Seems like there has been an uptick in the interest of making a good cappuccino with an LPE... Though I've not made one with my 2-position switch pre Millenium machine for a good 10 years, reading this (and other) thread got me interested in having a go. This in spite of already having 2 cups of Chemex coffee this AM
Fired up the trusty LPE with the switch in the II hotter setting to speed up the process. Put it back to I when the manometer got to about 0.6+ bar. Lifted the lever to run some water through to heat my cup and the brew-group. Ground my 16.5gm of what I had laying around (Mexican Zaragaza - I think it is... Picked it up last weekend at Whole Foods more out of curiosity - it was roasted that Saturday). Pulled a great looking shot, and about halfway through the pull, I turned the power switch back to II. When the pull was complete, it was only a few more seconds before the machine was VERY hot (~ 1 bar).
Using about 2 ounces of cold 2% milk in my Cafelat small pitcher (8 ounces?), I first cranked open the valve to bleed off wet steam, turned it back off, stuck the three-hole tip just below the surface of the milk, and re-opened the valve. After about 8 seconds of stretching, I buried the tip to create a nice vortex. Within a few seconds, the milk was at 140 degrees I stopped, banged the pitcher, swirled, banged, swirled and poured.
While maybe not as dense as I get with my PV Lusso, the milk was quite nicely microfoamed, and the resulting cappuccino excellent. I'm really rediscovering how good this machine is. Just takes time, patience and experimentation. I'm going on 18 years with this machine, and I'll tell you that it took some time before getting good results (though I have learned LOTS during that time).
Good luck with your adventure getting to know your LPE. And enjoy the journey.
Now to burn off some of this caffeine...