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Water in the Beans...

What do you do if you accidentally spill water into the bean container? It won't brew anymore because the water clogged up all the grinds!

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You will have to open up the machine from the top and take the mill apart. be careful as there are springs and balls which might be hidden in the coffe powder. you will also need to clean the rectangular tunnel going from the mill to the powder release. if you are not good at doing things yourself then you better give it to a service center. they should have about one hour of work with it.

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Coffee brewing is clogged.

cleaning the brewing system will require descale. if you haven't already tried this method then consult your coffee machine user manual in the troubleshooting section.
if you are still reading then that means that things are worse. this part of the machine becomes dirty from spilled coffee ground beans and calcium buildup from hard water.
to gain access to physically clean the brewing system you'll need some tech screwdriver. i normally use the newelectronx usa tool kit, but you can buy others off amazon or ebay.
remove the water tank. remove any screws securing the housing. after removing the brewing system clean it and replace.

Aug 01, 2015 | Miele CVA 4062 Stainless Steel


Tips for Keeping your Saeco fully functional.

Here's a few Tips for the countless number of people having problems with the Saeco Line Super Automatics Machines.

These are more Suggestions if you will on what you can do that will help your machine last as long as possible.

Tip 1. Surge Protector. Get one and use it on your machine. About half of the problems associated with saeco's revolve around a power....or lack of power problem.

Even the smallest Surge can send your machine out of whack. Worse yet if it loses power while in mid cycle, it can jam the brew system.

Tip 2. Bottled Water. Coffee is 90% Water, so by contrast quality water will increase the quality of the cup. Try an artisan water like fuji or italian bottled water, or even filtered water. This small tip will not only keep your machine insides clean, it'll make for a way better espresso.

Tip 3. Ditch the Oiley Beans. All Super Automatic Espresso Machines, even the 20,000 dollar commercials have one major flaw. They Hate Oiley Coffee Beans. Why? Its simple, Oiley Beans Gum Up the inside of the grinder and brew drive system and clog them.

Another Reason to Ditch Oiley Beans? Being a 2nd Generation Artisan Roaster Oiley Beans scream a few things. Oiley beans are usually over roasted. The oil on the beans isn't a good thing, the oil represents the flavor oils from inside of the coffee emerging out. Once they become oxodized the coffee loses flavor almost immediately. Oiley beans are also a sign of beans that have aged, which again, is not a good thing. Proper Espresso Should have very little to no Oil on the beans with a Uniform Color Darker then a city roast.

They Only Time there is an exception is with a french or dark roast, where the ashy tones are allowed.

Best Advice here is try to find a local roaster. The quality is usually better then any of the commercial corperate counterparts and your actually supporting people like you. What kind of people is that??? People who have a genuine love for coffee and want people to share that love.

Tip 4. Descaling. Even with bottled water the machine should be descaled every other month. You have a variety of options here. I personally use cleancaf for its ease of use and the fact every packet has the instructions on them.

Tip 5. Brew Group Cleaning. Clean the Brew Group with Soapy Water. No chemicals necessary. You'll also need to purchase some silicone lubricant which is sold by saeco. It must be food grade. The lubricant is applied around the inside ridge of the puck area of the brew group. The first 3 coffee's on the machine should be tossed there after to clear it of residue.

Tip 6. Turn Machine off after each use. When you don't need it, don't leave it on. Leaving it on for long periods of time creates air pockets inside the boiler of the machine and can dry out the inner gasket of the boiler unless you have the new J Style Boilers that come with the newer lines from Saeco.

Tip 7. Be careful of your grinder. Firstly, I tell people every day. This machine is not ment to make commercial quality espresso. Its just not possible. It was ment to make for a better experience than the traditional italian moka pots that make fairly terrible coffee. If you want a stronger coffee, then the answer is in itself, try other coffee's.

The machine enhances good coffee, and by comparison, enhances the flaws in bad coffee. Inferior Coffee's will have little crema and bad taste. The machine will try the best it can to accomodate the coffee. The Elongated pre infusion cycle help take even the worst coffee and make it look like it gives increadible crema. The proof comes afterwards, where the crema will decipate from the bad coffee's but will stay strong on the true espresso blends.

Setting the grinder any lower then 2, regardless of the model, it warrent for clogging and/or damaging the unit. If the coffee is too fine, it'll clog the unit, and usually cause the brew drive to strip the gears and even worse, i've come across cases where its even broken the brew drive.

This concludes my Tips for Keeping your Saeco functional post. I hope this helps people and gives them incentive to step out of the box when it comes to conventional coffee's that are on the market.

on May 27, 2008 | Saeco Royal Professional Espresso Machine

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How many tablespoons of ground coffee are needed per cup of water in the Smart Brew coffee maker?

For ground coffee, use 1-1/2 (one and one-half) tablespoons of beans per 6 ounces of water.

For whole bean coffee, use two tablespoons of beans per 6 ounces of water.

Coffee strength is a very personal preference, so use these numbers as a guideline for middle-of-the-road coffee, and adjust to make the coffee that you like to drink.

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Beans are too oily

This fixes almost all the "beans will not feed or beans will not grind" problems caused by coffee bean dust packed in the burrs. Oily beans cause this problem more fequently.
a. Pour all the beans out the top.
b. Open the settings up all the way and see what else can be poured out. Use your shop vacuum to **** grounds out the spout and backward out the bean bin.
c. Pour in some instant rice and start grinding. Reduce the grind to a small setting like six and then open the settings all the way again. (The grinder will not start at a low setting with the rice in it. If you let it stop, open the settings to about 16 before trying to restart.)
d. Pour out the rice and vacuum out the ground rice.
e. Adjust the grinder to your favorite setting and try a coffee grind. Grind until most of the rice dust is expelled (any remaining trace of rice dust will not affect the flavor of the coffee).

Aug 06, 2009 | Bosch Benvenuto B30 Espresso/Coffee Maker

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My meile does not make good coffe

Remove the Brew Unit from the maschine and clean it very well und running water. Thn go into the Main menu and switch back all settings to factory defaults. Then take a vaccum cleaner and put the pipe in the small hole where the coffe falls into the brew unit (knock a bit on the maschin inside). Put out the bean container and do the same with the hole where the beans go into the grinder. Then put everything back in and start a cleaning process for the brew unit (do it 2 times).
After that your Problems must be gone. The Problem is between the grinder and the brew unit. the grinded coffee has bee stuck and is not falling into the brew unit .... that happens when you use beans with lots of oil inside  .... or coated beans .... they "glue" the chute .....

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Jan 01, 2009 | Miele CVA4070 Coffee Maker

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Water in the waste unit, coffee comes not strong enough, as use to, although the settings are for strongest possible and the coffee grinder is set to medium. My unit is 4075 but I think it is just the...

Your chute between the grinder and the brew unit is "glued" with coffee. Take out the the brew unit, clean it under water. Take a vaccum cleaner and put the pipe into the hole where the coffee falls into the brew unit. Move the bean container "hard" in and out ( knocking inside the maschin to loose the blockage). Switch in the main menue all to factory defaults. Put the grinder "level" into the middle again. start a brew unit cleaning process. After that you coffee must be ok again. Do not use oily beans or coated beans. the block the chute.

Mr. Cool

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Miele Coffee maker cva 615 coffee will not come out

The screens that the coffee grinds are squeezed in between are clogged. You need to remove the brew unit, remove the bottom screen, (should be one phillips screw in the center) and scrub the screens clean. You need to clean all of the really fine holes out so that the water can pass through. To prevent this in the future, use the rinse cycle on the machine frequently and also take the brew unit out and rinse it under hot water everytime you dump your waste unit.

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The machine won't start up

in the self test does it flush the unit ? If not you have to prime the unit by allowing it to pump hot water through the frothing valve. Open the valve and the pump should pulse water out. After this the machine should indicate it is in the operating mode for coffee

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