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Can I adjust the water flow for finely ground coffee?

I have some ground coffee from Germany. However, the coffe grind is much finer than in the USA, so the water flows more slowly through the filter.

Problem is, the filter basket overflows, making a mess and getting coffee grounds in the coffee carafe. Is there an adjustment to slow the delivery of water while brewing? My solution is to interrupt the brewing cycle by turning the machine on and off at three-minute intervals.

I think there must be a possible adjustment. They sell this machine in Europe, don't they?

(I had the same problem with my previous coffee maker, a different brand.)

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  • Keith Meintjes Mar 11, 2009


    I will get a press (or find the one we have somewhere). However, this is not a special grind coffee. It is from a regular supermarket.

    If you want to test what I mean, but a 1 lb vacuum brick of German coffee (as sold in Germany, not grown in Germany!) at an ALDI store. You will see it is ground finer than coffee usually sold in the USA. (The coffee is quite good, you won't regret the purchase.)

    A friend who lived in Germany for two years confirms this: The coffee sold there is ground finer, though the coffee makers appear to be the same. (The voltage is different.) Since my friend and I are engineers, we believe that there must be an adjustment or a replaceable part, like an orifice, to slow down the water flow.


  • Keith Meintjes Mar 12, 2009

    That should be: ... BUY a 1 lb vacuum brick ...


  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    my single serve coffe maker does not brew.there is power to the switch but no activity.this happened after the unit over flowed with coffe grounds and i cleaned it out.this is the second machine that the exact thing it just clogged or something?


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You probably have coffee ground for a drip coffee pot, not an automatic drip coffee maker. With a drip coffee pot, you put the coffee in and add the hot water on top of that. You might want to try a coffee press. They are fantastic for the finer grinds of coffee. Some Mexican coffees are ground almost as fine as flour and a press works great. You can get a press for about $12 & up.

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  • David Shaub Mar 12, 2009

    I've used the different grinds of coffee. German, Mexican, Puerto Rican, etc. and that is what made me buy a press. I also have a capuccino machine and that works great with the "Powder grind" coffees. I got my capuccino machine at a dollar store in their bargain room for $17.00. The retail is $75.00.


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