My coffee maker works fine most of the time, but every once in a while, one side of the filter gets folded over while it's brewing and i get a pot full of grounds. Any suggestions on how I can get it to stop doing that??
My filters folded over too.......grr.......so I found if I ran the filter holder under water first and then put in the filter, it sorta stuck to the sides. Also I tried flattening out the coffee inside the filter. Both of these ideas worked well.
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Many times this is a result of the coffee grind. To overcome this with some brands, I use an additional filter, put the desired amount of coffee in it, and then fold the sides over to make an envelope. Place the folded sides down and brew coffee. If any of the coffee gets out, the second filter should catch it.
From what you described, it sounds like your carafe isn't fitting properly. The lid of the carafe is supposed to open a valve on the bottom of the filter basket. If this valve is clogged or not opening completely, that will produce your symptoms. Also, the warming element will not keep carafe hot if the carafe isn't sitting properly.
what you will have to do to solve this problem is that you will have to do self cleaning on the coffee maker
however, (not the bathroom one) is a handy item to
use to clean coffee residue off the inside of a glass coffee carafe.
Does your pot have hard to reach areas? Use a wooden chopstick with a paper towel to get in there.
You can put ice cubes and a little water(enough so you can swirl it
around) in pot and swirl them around, for harder stains put some table
salt in pot and swirl it around for a few minutes and then rinse.
Put a glass marble in the water chamber to attract mineral deposits from hard water. Wash it once a week.
For tough stains, scrub the pot using a paper towel or clean (not soapy) dish towel. Rinse thoroughly.
To clean just the pot, do what many restaurants do. Put about two
cups of ice, 1/4 cup of rock or table salt, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice
(bottled or fresh is fine) and swirl around the pot. Measurements are
not that important, just guesstimate. Be sure that the pot is cold
before you try this, or you may break the glass pot.
Clean a brand new coffee pot prior to using it for the first time.
Never use the coffee pot to pour water into the reservoir. This
will transfer oils and impurities from the pot, and eventually give the
coffee a nasty taste. Instead, use a pitcher that is reserved for water
To keep the inside area around basket, filter, lid area clean (from
coffee ground spatter) simply place a SECOND filter over the top of the
grounds in the FIRST filter. Push second filter down so that spout will
clear top of second filter (on many makes of coffee makers) as lid is
closed. This keeps interior in pristine condition and doesn't take much
time or expense.
Sometimes coffee grounds get into the intake if you don't use the intake filter. Unplug, set the pot aside and then turn the coffe maker upside down in a sink with a good hose sprayer. Direct the water up into the intake side of the coffe maker with the filter out.
Then refill and see if water will flow through. If it works, run vinegar or a pot of water with a tablespoon of dissolved baking soda (dissolve in pot first or it will clog the coffee maker).
Here's a few pointers: 1. Make sure that you're using an appropriate paper filter that fits your maker. 2. If you're grinding your own coffee beans, don't grind them too fine. 3. Try a smaller amount of coffee. You may be surprised that if you get it balanced, it may make stronger coffee with less grounds. 4.Cleaning can be easier if you use a small amount of automatic dishwasher powder in hot water and a veggie brush... it'll cut the coffee pretty well. on a side note, check out a "french press" coffee pot... I just got one recently and they're incredible. If you like full bodied coffee without the bitterness... this is a really great way to make coffee. hope all these suggestions help you out today... k
The first pot of water you put in the coffee maker just fills the water tank which is then heated up , once it gets to temperature you then pour second pot of water this pushes the hot water out of the tank through the coffee grounds into the waiting pot. This way you can make coffee faster than a regular coffee maker.
When that has happened to me it was because the grounds were too fine...or the coffee maker needed to be cleaned with white vinigar, run through it like you were making coffee, then follow up with water, atleast 2 pots of water after that. The third thing that I tried was using a filter that stores in the maker, not the paper ones, sometimes they fold over and the whole thing gets clogged...Hope this might help...from one coffee drinker to another.....
You probably have coffee ground for a drip coffee pot, not an automatic drip coffee maker. With a drip coffee pot, you put the coffee in and add the hot water on top of that. You might want to try a coffee press. They are fantastic for the finer grinds of coffee. Some Mexican coffees are ground almost as fine as flour and a press works great. You can get a press for about $12 & up.