Question about Cuisinart DGB-600 Coffee Maker
After brewing, it appears that a regularly used carafe will cause leaking of 10% of the coffee from the top lid onto the counter. SOLUTION: The Cuisinart DGB-600 Coffee Maker has a hands-free lid that has at least two valve-like mechanisms that keep the coffee flowing through the lid. There seems to be at least three input/output(s) to the lid. At the top of the lid is a dome that connects to the main lid body on four stubby legs. Below the dome is a pathway for coffee to drip onto the lid and pass down into the carafe. There must be several obscured holes under the dome to permit that to occur. There is a gadget shaped roughly like a top under the dome, and trapped beneath the dome. The gadget is loosely anchored to the bottom of a chamber below the dome. My guess is that the gadget prevents vapor and heat from escaping the carafe. Nevertheless, the gadget, and the chamber floor tend to be a collection point for ground coffee that escapes the filter. The ground coffee builds over successive brewing sessions and undoubtedly comes to block the holes or otherwise causes the carafe to overflow. After about 30 brewing sessions, this lid needs to be cleaned. Through the use of toothpicks, and vigorous shaking, I was able to get about a teaspoon worth of ground coffee out of this lid. My sense is that routine shaking, under a running faucet or with other water sources, can keep the dome area relatively free of coffee. A clean dome area can allow the glint of light under the top-like gadget, as it seems that this area under the dome is smooth. You probably won't see this glint if you rely on ordinary overhead lights at night. I will verify that this solution keeps the flooding from recuring.
The half dome ball floats when in a ring of water. There is a compartment below the ball that can also accumulate coffee silt. Once the dome is "shiny" you can continue to fill the lid with water, shake until empty and junk comes out. I used a basketball air filler needle attached to an air compressor. This made it much faster to clean (but it still needs rinsing afterwards.) I also put an air filter on my compressor to remove compressor oils in the compressed air. I then soaked the lid to additionally remove the threat of oils from the compressor.
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