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Rancilio producing very very slow shots...even when no portafilter.

Have had the Silvia for about 3 years now with no major problems until this morning. Noticed it takes very very long for the shots to fill. I tried decalcifying the machine thinking that would take care of the problem. Cleaned all of the normal parts and when I had then unscrewed I turned on the machine to see and found still only a trickle of water coming out. I know the water is coming out much slower than it used to. The steam wand works great and the water comes out of it nice and fast. It makes me think it isn't the pump if this comes out really fast. Helpppp....

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From your description i can conclude only 2 things:

  1. coffe grinded too fine
  2. pump pressure low
i think you can chek these 2 and have your perfect espresso again

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

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