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Double shot won't work, single does

When I try to pull the double shot, machine gurgles a little then teh blue light comes on as if the pump is not primed. Have primed repeatedly to no avail. The single shot works perfectly. Any ideas?

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  • virginiashir May 20, 2009

    Decided that I think I can fix it by de-scaling the machine with lemon juice. If all else fails, read the owner's manual - ha ha ha.

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Try using without the portafilter, if it works then the problem is in the grind or the pressure used to tamp the coffee.

Posted on May 31, 2009

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