Question about Breville ESP8XL Espresso Machine
Hi All. I too was having this so called exploding issue with my machine & couldn't get any coffee!! The culprit is a clogged filter!! As you might know, Breville uses a double wall construction for the filter which incorporates an inner cup with many fine holes and there is only ONE small hole on the bottom of the outer wall(bottom). I guess over time some fine fine grounds get thru the inner layer and accumulate between the two layers and eventually get compacted enough to completely clog the filter to a point that the pump cannot push the water through it!! Thus the pressure from the pump can't escape & is releasd when you try to remove the coffee basket!! You can try to use a small pin inserted in the bottom hole to see if it clears the obstruction. It didn't work for me! I even tried using high pressure air to clear it, again unsuccessful!
THE FIX: Buy a new filter!
P.S. I found my machine to have some build up behind the strainer where the water enters the coffee chamber. To clean and clear, follow these steps: Unplugg the power cord!! Remove the watertank. Remove the filter holder. Turn the machine upside-down, Remove ONE screw in the center of the coffee chamber(It looks like a strainer with several holes). Remove the strainer and wash & clean any build up behind it. Reinstall in reverse order.
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
I wrote to Breville US via their website. They responded as follows:
Replacement parts and products can be ordered online at www.brevilleusa.com. Simply find your particular model’s page, and click the link in the middle labeled “Find Replacement Parts for this Model”. It is called the “Steam Ring”. Please be advised that this is a part that needs replacement periodically. This part can wear out pre-maturely if the filter holder is put on too quickly as it wrenches the rubber seal, wearing it down. Also, please be careful not to pull the handle past the middle position as this also needlessly digs into the steam ring more than necessary. Resistance can be felt before the middle point if the filter holder is attached slowly. Thank you for your patience!
The Steam Rings are $4.00 each w free FedEx ground shipping (I ordered three!)
Posted on Jan 15, 2009
Yes. That is the real problem withBreville : clogging of the ONE small hole on the bottom of theouter wall(bottom) of the filter. I solved the problem by cleaning the filterthoroughly by inserting a very fine needle in the small hole, and by boilingthe filter in a solution of vinegar for 15 minutes, the filter being put upsidedown in a pot on the stove To prevent future clogging by fine coffeeparticles, I put a piece of towel paper in the bottom of the filter beforefilling it with ground coffee. I use paper tissue folded in 8 that I cut ascircular discs with scissors. This gives me 8 round paper filters. I have used this method for over 2 yearsnow, and NO MORE CLOGGINGS! Raymond Saint-Arnaud
Posted on Jan 11, 2012
I had the same problem, but it was not hte silicone ring, it was the plastic ring that holds the filter cup holder. it had a small crack in it so the filter was not firmly pushed against the silicone ring. i bought a new one from www.vancouverwireedm.com/caferomadiyt.htm and it fixed the problem.
Posted on Aug 13, 2010
I called Breville, and they are sending me a replacement gasket. No charge... FYI...
Posted on Nov 02, 2008
The Gourmet Depot has the gaskets that can be ordered.
Posted on Nov 01, 2008
Can you define "explodes"...
Posted on Sep 26, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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