Question about DeLonghi Perfecta ESAM 5600 Espresso Machine & Coffee Maker
I have picked this up second hand and cant seem to get anything to work other than 'standard coffee'. This all appears to be a problem relating to the milk compartment (namely the pump maybe) not working properly. The machine knows the milk container is present, but when I press hot milk, capp etc. it thinks for a second then goes back to the main screen.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
We had the same problem & worked out that it's because the actual milk container is too cold & has contracted from being in a cold part of the fridge. We moved the milk container to the door of the fridge ( it's a little warmer than the rest of the fridge) & it slotted in perfectly the next morning!
Posted on Aug 17, 2009
SOURCE: I have a Delonghi Magnifica
I purchased a unit second hand for my wife's birthday today. It's only 4 months old, got it home, tested it, same problem... No froth!
I've read all the posts here and all were very helpful troubleshooting guides however they did not solve the issue.
Understanding how the frothing mechanism functions is half the battle in figuring out the solution. It's a simple vacuum type system. No doubt you've read about checking the orings. This is definately the first thing to check however if this is not the reason then consider the following.
The larger of the white tubes that has the red and black oring inserts deep into its port on the tap. Why? It pushes steam past the milk pipe directly into the chrome frothing tube which causes a vacuum essentially drawing milk up it's hose creating the froth. What you can't see without further investigation is that on the underside of the tube centered between the red and black orings is a small hole. This hole is responsible for drawing the milk upwards. If this is blocked, and it probably is then no milk and no froth. Use a really small screwdriver to carefully clean the white tube both from the front and the little hole underneath.
So in conclusion. Any air leak between the red and black orings will prevent the vacuum required to draw milk up the tube and alternatively any blockage of the milk channel will also obviously prevent the flow into the frothing mechanism. Hope this helps.
Posted on Jan 10, 2010
SOURCE: I have a DeLonghi Prima
Maybe youare not pushing the milk-container sufficiently in. Mine has been increasinglyhard to fit. After speaking with DeLonghi service, they suggested lubricatingthe o-rings on the nozzles on the machine. I asked if cooking oil would be ok,to which they agreed. To I took a cottonstick and dipped it in ordinary cookingoil, and swept it over the inside of the two nozzles on the milk-container,since the o-rings on the machine itself were hard to get to. Now it workssmoothly. I was reluctant to try that out before speaking with DeLonghiservice, since they are so set on only using original stuff for the machine,and I did not think a machine this expensive would need this type of 'help'. Useat your own risk :-)
Posted on Jan 18, 2011
SOURCE: help received the Delonghi Cafe
Go to the above link and download the manual for the BCO 120T
It should provide the basics to get you going
Making a good espresso with steamed milk takes practice
If you don't have the frothing pitchers.. buy a couple in different sizes
Used cold low fat or non fat milk..
It takes practice to get good at it.. a hand on the side of the pitcher to make sure you don't scald the milk.. etc.. you don't want the milk to bubble/boil..
If you have a control valve for the steam pipe.. immerse the pipe about an 1/2 inch or so into the cold milk and slowly open the valve.. until you have it open full. Jostle the pitcher to move the milk around pretty much during most of the process once it begins to warm and foam.. raise the pitcher to heat the milk in the bottom .. then lower it as the foam begins to form...never letting the steam pipe out into the froth. Once done..wipe the pipe clean with a wet cloth.
Grind of the coffee is imporant as well as the roast and when you fill the portafilter don't over tamp.. If you pack it to tightly.. won't brew... too loosely.. brews too fast.. You want to see the coffee shots come out and form what's known as crema... which is a thin layer of tan or light brown foam on top of the shot. If aren't getting this..the coffee is either ground wrong or packed too tight.
It's an art..and nothing beats practice.. there are scores of books and internet threads on how to froth milk and make different coffee drinks..
I love a good Cafe Borgia now and again.. we live in the Portland, Oregon area.. everyone here is addicted to the bean..
Best of Luck
Posted on Apr 29, 2011
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