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I forgot to place my coffee filter back in the coffee maker

This morning I was in the process of washing the coffee maker pot and filter. I placed the filter on the counter and went to check on the kids. Well I completely forgot that I hadn't placed the basket filter back into the coffee maker and moved forward with placing the grinded beans in the coffee maker without the basket. I added my water and starting brewing! When I went to the sink I had realized that the basket wasn't in the coffee maker. When I opened the top I had water and grinds floating everywhere. Any ideas on how I can clean up my mess without ruining the coffee maker??? Today is not a smooth day at all and it's very early yet!

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  • mikesmomma Jan 11, 2008

    I have removed all the water already. I'm not sure how to go
    about removing the rest of the coffee grinds and don't want to do
    anything else wrong.

  • mikesmomma Jan 11, 2008

    Thanks so much for the help! With having a 2 yr old and a 2
    month old I had to send my 18 yr old to Starbucks. I wouldn't be
    able to survive without coffee!!

  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2008

    I also forgot to place the coffee filter in the coffee maker, but now the coffee maker just spews steam from the top of the machine, with only about 1 cup of coffee. Any ideas?

    I've already tried the "self - clean" feature, and also changed the water filter. Cleaned as much grit out as I can with tap water.



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Just an idea, but you could use a turkey baster to remove some of the water first. I doubt if you've harmed the coffee maker.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008

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    Kevin Pettit Jan 11, 2008

    As long as you unplug the machine first, you should be fine rinsing the water chamber and filter basket holder out in the sink. You'll have to drain it well and let it dry before using it again. I feel for you not having coffee right now...



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