Question about Breville ESP8XL Espresso Machine
Your filter is blocked. It can be one of two things.
1. Coffee - this is obvious
2. Calcium - if you have hard water (i.e. your hot water kettle has white stuff in the bottom attached to the element)
The sure fire solution is to address both and the procedure is easy.
Since the filter is stainless steel, it can take the high temperatures of a stove top. Put the filter directly on the element and set to high for 10 minutes. This will burn off any coffee clogging the filter. After that, mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a pot, put the filter in and boil at max for 15 minutes.
This should do the trick. If it works for you, please click "yes" on "this is helpful", otherwise click "no". I searched for over a year to understand that my issue was a combination of two things so nothing worked for me. Clicking on yes/no would help the community understand if there are other unknown issues.
Posted on May 04, 2014
My breville filter baskets only have one true hole in the center of each basket. there are stampings in the metal so it looks like there's more, but the others aren't really holes b/c they were never drilled out. maybe breville subcontracted the manufacture of the filter baskets out and then didn't qc them; either way, one hole means keeping it clear is much more important. i plan to drill mine out (if i can find a small enough drill bit!) otherwise, after brewing a shot run only water thru the basket each time, or clear the hole out with a pen or needle. good luck!
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
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