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Coffee maker brews too hot

Water burns the coffee grounds and produces an unusual amount of steam when I open the lid. Coffee tastes burnt.

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The 1-4 setting makes the coffee extremely hot. If the 1-4 setting was not activated, make sure you are not using paper and permanent filters at the same time. If you are not using them at the same time, it is time to clean the coffee maker out with 2 cups vinegar and two cups water.

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Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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