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Coffe/water dripping from handle when preparing coffee

This happens sometimes, especially when I put enough coffe in the handle. How do I know exactly how much coffee should i put, and how much should I twist/turn the handle to the roght after I put it?

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On the inside of the basket is a line or ridge close to the top, that is your fill line. If you fill the basket to the top and tamp to that line then that should be perfect. For the portafilter it should be no more than a 90° angle with machine if it goes father then it is time to change the group gasket.

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