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Bialetti will not make coffee

I have a Bialetti 8853 Espresso Machine and when the seal wear out I replace it w/ a new one. However, each time over the years it takes me forever to convince the little coffee machine to make espresso. It is like the seal is not working and it has to swell or something in order to work. Any thoughts?

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Re: Bialetti will not make coffee

I would check the grind size you are using. Maybe it is ground too thin and the pressure cannot push through.

Also, remove screen and washer and make sure passage to the top is clear.

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