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My Breville800ESXL makes steam but does not make espresso.

The unit turns on, heats water and functions as normal, except when you turn to expresso mode, nothing comes out. The steam function works correctly. The pump seems to be working. I have thoroughly cleaned machine and parts, ordered new filter but still cannot get espresso. When you turn the machine off, the filter is full of water.

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  • jejones Nov 24, 2008

    I have the same problem and have even burned myself when I pop off the wand that holds the espresso.

    I went to the website and they said that it may be that the espresso is ground too fine. Also, I have started cleaning out the filter with an actual needle, clearing that central hole until I can see light through it. So far this has worked!

    We will see, not too happy with the whole machine!

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    I have a Breville Ikon (year and a half old), will not make much coffee, lots of steam and water pressure but very little water comes through the basket, even without any coffee actually in the basket. 

  • Dean Stoneburner Mar 10, 2009

    Same problem - Heats water, makes steam, but little or no flow through the filter. I was able to improve the situation, but not fully resolve it. The filter appears to have an air space between the top surface (many holes) and the bottom (one hole). It appears that coffee over time becomes trapped between the two and restricts flow. I was able to improve this by first using the supplied probe to clean the center hole, then by filling a saucepan with water, just below the top edge of the filter(s), and then boiling the heck out them for twenty minutes or so. Boil the water first, then place the filters in the boiling water so they float like little boats. They will slowly fill, and bubbles will rise from the may holes. You'll see particles of coffee emerge. When no more come out, you're done. It's a problematic design or so it appears.

  • anigro May 03, 2009

    I replaced my Steam Gasket on an 800ESXL because it was with the new gasket it leaks more than with the old one...when I say leak, it makes a shot of espresso, but it seems as though to much water is being pumped, so after making the shot, I have to remove the cup immediately or it will be deluted with water



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Once it. while the actual filter needs to be cleaned, because it will get blocked. You can clean it and make sure you clean it well. For that purpose I use the metal spunges from the grocery stores the ones you use for pots and pans, as it gets a lot of the coffee out of the filter and rinse well. Best way to see if the filter is blocked by fine coffe grinds is to point at any light. Its valid for all espresso machines. I used to fix mine like that and had no problems what so ever with the filter and always enjoyed nice cup of espresso:) Good Luck to all!

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I tried the boiling of the filter, but didn't really work. Instead, I did something something which sounds stupid, but it worked!

I went to the sink, took a mouthful of water. Pointing my mouth at the ceiling (so as to not spill the water), I then put the filter in my mouth, so my lips sealed around the rim of the filter (the filter was back to front, as the single little hole was pointing down my throat, and the bit with many holes was pointing out).
Then, I bent over the sink, so that the water in my mouth covered the filter surface. I tend blew as hard as I could, keeping the seal of my lips around the filter, with my fingers helping close this seal.
This causes the water to push backwards through the filter, cleaning it out. After I first blew through the filter, the water went from my mouth, through the two metal layers, cleaning out the fine coffee grinds. My filter is now like new :)

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Jejones is right. try a coarser grind. it still makes great espresso, especially if you really pack a lot of ground coffee into the filter basket. Just make sure it is a bit coarser than you would normally use for machines without the dual wall filter basket.

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