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My Breville Ikon Espresso machine does not make coffee. No water comes out of the coffee head.... The steam wand works fine. I'm just trying to do the Priming and no water comes out of the brew head.

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Clean the Interior

  1. Use a commercial espresso machine cleaner or use vinegar and water to decalcify the inside.
    • To decalcify using vinegar add 3 oz. of vinegar to 20 oz. of water, and let it run through the machine. Then run about 3-4 times the amount of fresh water.
  2. If you can disassemble the frothing wand, do so - and get the wand clean. If little rubber gaskets pop out, DON'T LOSE THEM and remember what order they go back on.
  3. Clean the brewhead as you did above. The brewhead is where the water comes out, most pump machines have a brewhead that can be removed with a single screw - tilt your machine on its side (make sure there's no water in it) and disassemble that part. Use toothbrushes, use a clean j-cloth, whatever it takes to get all the nooks and crannies.
  4. Once the machine is cleaned inside and out, run one more full batch of water through it, making sure you stop the pump just before all the water drains out.

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