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Macchinetta/Stovetop espresso machine

I've just bought a new macchinetta and followed the instructions to the letter but no coffee was made. All the water evaporated and no coffee!
What am I doing wrong?

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I had a similar problem with one I bought for my sister. I have a working one already, so I decided to swap parts between them to determine the source. Short answer: It's a manufacturing defect.

When I first opened her machine so I could show her how to use it, I noticed the lid didn't fit properly. OK, it's just a lid. Then, I went to make the coffee, and twenty minutes later, the top smelled of burned coffee and the reservoir was dry.

I took the machine home, did a side-by-side set-up with my machine, and saw that the top portion didn't sit properly on the bottom portion. Here's the picture showing the problem (black lines added by me for illustrating the angle):

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The difference turns out to be only 1 degree, but it is enough for this machine to break the pressure seal and not work.

In comparison, here's my top and bottom fitting, properly fitted:


I hope you returned your machine for a new one. I personally believe these things make better espresso than my espresso machine that cost five times as much! I just need to find a cheap frother....

Hope that helps....


Posted on Jul 17, 2009


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