My old Baby Gaggia is making really bitter coffee. It started when the drip slowed right down and stopped one day at which time I cleaned it with a proper descaling tablets and rinsed it as advised plus some. It seems to not have a tight seal at the basket, a little bit comes out no matter how tight I get it, would that be the cause? I'm stumped and I miss the delicious coffee it used to brew....oh I miss it:(
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Re: Baby Gaggia making a bitter brew, help!
Have you tried backwashing, then removing the shower and screen from the grouphead to make sure that there is no coffee buildup on the screen. As for the leak around the portafilter, the group gasket needs to be replaced,
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Not sure it will work for you but Our Bunn has a flex wire to run thru the tube weekly , and if we do not clean that tube it might take 20 minutes to make a pot where when cleaned it does 12 cups in 3 minute
If coffee is brewing out the side of the head then the group gasket needs to be replaced because it is damaged or there might be coffee grounds stuck to the gasket and it needs to be cleaned using a brush or you can also use cotton swabs.
Hi Check the drain behind the brew unit. There is a pocket below the injector that can plug up and cause water to drain under the drip tray. Check this first. Stick you finger in the pocket and see if there is water in it. If there is, the drain below and to the right is plugged and just needs to be cleaned.
Remove the brew unit, find the 2 screws above the top shower the connects the discharge tube to spout. Remove screws and carefully remove spring and ball some have a plastic seat at end of spring. Clean tube make sure there is no coffee grounds blocking tube, reassemble and test.
The only thing that comes to mind is that the machine is in steam/hot water mode. Unless you replace the switch and turn off the steam light so that it sends the water to the correct location. Also you might want to remove the shower screen and make sure it is clean.
Try this remove the portafilter, then press the button for brewing coffee and then turn on the machine, if both hoses are in the water reservoir, then water should flow out of the head after a few seconds.
HI If you have a pre-grind button on your machine, push it but don't put any coffee in the brew unit. Push any of the coffee buttons, and see if water will come out then. If it does not, then you have a plugged brew unit and the brew head needs cleaning. I have directions for cleaning.
Open door of machine & take Brew head out. You will see a cylinder shaped part which is black with an orange washer half-way down it. Look underneath this cylinder and you will see a steel disk,(which may look black) this is the filtre. Now look above the cylinder and you will see a turn knob, turn anti-clockwise untill the disk comes free. Hold the disk up to the light and you will see the minute perferations which are all clogged with coffee grounds, give this a thorough washing under running hot water ,( use the brush provided with your machine to push the grounds through. You will also need to blow through these holes very hard and often untill you can see that they are cleared. This should be done after about every 15 cups made. I got this info. from the Gaggia engineer and it works!! Good luck.
Mine had the same problem. Take out the dreg drawer and brew unit. Then you will see a plastic cover roughly in the middle of the machine (behind where the brew unit was) that is held in place by two philips screws. Unscrew the screws and take out that small cover. It is probably filled with coffee grounds that prevent water from dripping out through a dripping hole. Clean out the grounds and you should be all set.
I had a very similar problem with my Gaggia Classic. Worked fantastic every day for two years then one day the brew head was reduced to a very slow drip. I rang some Gaggia service agents and they all said it needs a service ($100-$150). The last one I called told me to descale it before bringing it in for a service as it was probably scale buildup. I told them it wasn't a gradual thing - it just suddenly stopped and they said what happens is the scale builds up to a point where a piece breaks off and clogs the pipeworks leading to the brewing head. So, I used the instructions outlined here: http://www.coffeemachine.com.au/descalin...
At then end of the second flush through the steam head, I closed the steam vale to try and push the descaling solution back through the brew head (just dripped through again) then left it for 10 minutes again. Did the same the third time and it went to drip again for about five seconds then bingo - burst back to full flow. Hope this helps.