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Starbuck's Barista steam wand leak

I have an older (2002) Barista espresso maker (non-digital). The problem is that when the machine is making my espresso shots water flows out through the steam wand. I need to tighten the knob that regulates the steam wand and hold it or I get no water flow to the espresso basket.

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Remove the cover from the machine, loosen the allen screw that fastens the steam knob to the shaft, move it slightly and retighten to allow the knob to close the valve a bit more. I have had to do this a few times in the 9 years I've had my machine as either the knob loosens or the valve threads wear a bit.

Posted on Mar 03, 2009

  • nzon Apr 21, 2011

    Wow that worked like a charm thanks........here I was going to order a new steam valve and seat etc....

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DPcurry is right. You may have to plug it in to get a "feel" for which way and to what degree to rotate the shaft, but works like a charm.

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

  • Pierce Ethier Oct 04, 2011

    my barista was also leaking from the steam wand (only when the brew-basket was brewing) and this fix worked like a charm! thank you.

  • Janet Czarske Feb 28, 2012

    Worked like a charm for me too! Thanks!

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Thanks dpcurry!
You saved me over $200. My wife bought me a new espresso maker after she got tired of me complaining about the wand leaking.
I was going to look into fixing the problem but since it was Christmas she decided to just buy me a new one. It was actually getting annoying having
to hold the knob and press it so hard to close and avoid loosing pressure.
Well, after reading this post, I did exactly what you said last night and in about 5mins, I had my "Barista" back in good shape. By the way, for those doing this the first time,
the allen screw might be hidden in the bottom if your knob is open halfway. You may have to turn it in either direction to get the allen screw to be visible.


Also, while I was at it, and it goes without saying, your coffee will taste as good as how often and well you clean your coffee maker.
So, I removed the filter that goes on the bottom of where the handle fits. I was shocked how much coffee grind build-up there was. I gave that a good wash,
and used a wet rag to clean all the gunk in sight. I had to tilt the coffee maker a little to get a good view. After that, I ran a descale and rinsed a couple of times.
I couldn't test my brew last night of course or I would have been up dancing (with the stars). So I slept on it and just dreamed about my trying again the first shot in excitement.
When I brewed my Lavazza shot this morning it tasted like espresso from Heaven! I felt like I was at a neighborhood corner bar somewhere in Florence, Verona or Venice. The only thing missing was Italian voices. Ma vai! Che cosa dici? There! It's not hard to bring Italy to your kitchen after all :-)

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