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Coffee barely drips out. I cleaned everything. Do I need a new portafilter basket? The unit is only 6 months old.

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How about with the basket and portafilter in place, but no coffee in the basket? Does the water flow reasonably when you turn on the pump?

Posted on Apr 28, 2009

  • kyrrian Apr 28, 2009

    I meant to leave that as a comment, not a solution yet. Sorry...

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