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"COF. BEANS EMPTY" message

After 15 or so seconds of grinding the beans, the above error message shows on the display. There are sufficient beans in the hopper. The door leading from the grinder to the brew unit has not opened and the loose ground coffee is still behind it (in the area of the grinder). The elecro-magnet that opens the door is still fully operational. I am unable to determine exactly what causes this message to display and what component causes the electromagnet to open the door at the proper time (I think they might be one and the same)? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Re: "COF. BEANS EMPTY" message

Here is a link for completely cleaning the grinder - this often fixes the problem:

Good luck!

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Re: "COF. BEANS EMPTY" message


There are a micro switch in the machine after the grinder, that will give signal to the electric card when enough beans are in the hole. If this micro switch is broken then you get this message.

You have to replace this micro switch.

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

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