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No espresso flows out - just water from the steam nozzle

Oh please help. I am absolutely uncaffeinated and soul-crushed.

The beans grind just fine, and the ground pre-formed pucks dispense into the drawer. But no espresso actually comes out of the espresso dispenser - instead, a lot of hot water flows out of the steam nozzle. All the "espresso making" noises seem to occur without any issues.

Everything was fine until I re-assembled from my latest clean! I've had this machine for four years and have done the cleaning and re-assembly exactly the same, so I don't know what to do. My boyfriend tried to use the machine without me - he didn't know about the little circular filter having to be re-fit, and he had no espresso come out either, nor did he have little pucks - just sludgy grounds in the drawer. I re-fitted it just fine, so I don't know why this problem is persisting.

Please help!

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  • jlgerber May 12, 2009

    I am having the same problem. The machine has worked great up to now.


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I am sorry I cannot help but I am having the same problem with just getting sludgy grounds - what did you do to solve this problem? Thanks.

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