Filter basket pops open after grinding GROUNDS AND WATER EVERYWHERE!!!!
This is infuriating. The filter basket OFTEN (2 out of 3 brews) pops open after the beans are ground, so the grounds go shooting out onto the countertop, then comes the water, so the coffee is "made" on the countertop! Licking the coffee off of the counter is not nearly as delicious (but certainly does have more crunch) as brewing in the actual pot, and I don't think the residual cleaning agents on the tile are healthy. I have cleaned the appliance every way that I know how to no avail! I also, of course, make sure the filter basket is secure before turning the appliance on. HELP PLEASE????
Re: Filter basket pops open after grinding GROUNDS AND...
I had that problem a few times. When the door is open and the basket is removed I pushed in and held the release button while I cleaned that little hook area that holds the pop out tray in place. I just used a paper towel and nicely warm water. Works fine afterwords. I try to clean this at least every week.
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I assume this is a drip coffeemaker using a drip filter. If so, does it grind the grounds or do you add them? Are you using a paper filter or the gold one? Try a coarser grind and make half a pot. Then check level of brewed grounds. Never use a gold and paper filter together.
try to fill the reservoir with the water to the top, when the water starts "brewing" the water is transfer from this reservoir to the basket where there is loose coffee placed over the paper bag that will filter the coffee to the jar.
Check if anything is blocking the canal, that is transferring the water from the reservoir to the basket.
Your grinder needs cleaning- maybe oily beans got used and/or storing beans in refrig/freezer? Both are a problem for grinder. Also, grinder should not be set to "fine"- it will definitely cause clogging and the situation you point out.-----------The powder from the coffee grounds seems to get caked in the grinder. The only way to get it out is to run hot water into the little opening where the grounds funnel into the filter basket. ---------This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.
Many folks have reported this, the latching mechanism wears out eventually. We had the problem but discovered that the door on the basket wasn't getting completely closed. Now I make sure it's closed and haven't had any problem since. Hope this solves your issue - if not, keep an eye on yard sales, we picked up two at different times for $5 and now have parts to swap out - not much help for a failed latch though. Glad I never paid full price for it, even though it's a fairly good grinder/brewer.
Open the reservoir lid. Remove the grinder
basket lid by using the recessed area on
each side of the lid. Then remove Grinder
Basket. Open Filter Basket Door. Remove
Filter Basket Cover, Filter Basket and Filter
The grinder basket, grinder basket lid, filter
basket and filter basket cover can be washed
in warm soapy water and rinsed thoroughly, or
cleaned in the upper rack of the dishwasher.
Dry all parts after every use.
Try an experiment - brew a test cup, but use only a small amount of grounds in the brew basket (use a paper filter) [or else, put the grounds in the gold tone filter basket]. See if the machine makes coffee (albeit weak coffee). If it does not make coffee, see if the water is draining properly from the brew basket, or if it is leaking over the sides of the brew basket. Also, make sure the lid to the brew basket is completely open and in the correct position.
If you still get water only in the caraffe, replace the brew basket. The part costs about $11.95 with shipping - or even call Cuisinart to see if your 3-year warranty will cover the issue.
I've read of this problem from other users of the newer Spacemakers and believe I know what's going on. Black & Decker used too strong a spring in the mechanisms involved in the "sneak a cup" feature which keeps the small tab or finger underneath the basket from opening and allowing the coffee to run into the decanter.
My suggestion would be to make certain that the tab that presses against the bottom of the basket is open when you insert the carafe. Not owning one of these units I can't state categorically that this will solve your problem, but all of the Spacemakers are fundamentally the same, just some cosmetic and design differences between them.
If it turns out that the tab is open when you go to bed and the basket still overflows it's possible the spring is so strong that it's moving the carafe away from the back of the unit, causing the tab to close against the basket. If that's the case I would figure out how to remove the spring without breaking anything in the process, then take it down to your local Ace Hardware and get a same sized but weaker spring. That should solve the problem permanently.