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Exploding filter holder

After successfully expressing a shot of coffee, I then go to remove the filter holder. After turning it slightly to the left it then explodes off the machine, spraying coffee grinds everywhere!! Why does this happen?

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The discharge solenoid is not functioning properly or the tube is dirty, try backwashing the machine.

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When making an espresso, pressure builds up slowly to optimum pressure then falls and doesn't produce any coffee. ie no pressure


I had a similar problem with mine. It turned out to be a clogged filter basket. The filter basket is double walled and build up occurs between the two layers and typical cleaning methods do not seem to work. The advice I found said to heat the filter cup by holding it over a stove burner. It will smoke some and might slightly discolor. Don't heat it so long that the metal warps other wise it won't fit back in the holder. I heated it by placing it directly on my electric burner set to medium. I left it there until it stopped smoking. Removed it with pliers and set it somewhere safe to cool. It worked for me.

Of course, you could also just replace the filter basket too.

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Does the b60 have filter and were is it


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Lift and remove the cover of the water reservoir, which is located on the left side of the coffee maker.

Turn the filter unit's round replacement date dial to two months in the future. This offers a reminder of when it's time to check and replace the filter.

Open the cage at the bottom of the filter assembly. Insert the soaked and rinsed filter cartridge, and then snap the cage closed.

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Bloomfield coffee maker overflows, even with plain filter


The outlet of the cone filter holder is clogged. Normally its just a hole you can clean out but some units have a valve that is pushed up/open by your coffee pot. That valve may be clogged or if you changed the coffee pot it may not be opening due to the different pot. Clean valve or just remove it so the coffee will run into coffee pot.

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We have this machine that we purchased in Italy in 1995 and it heats (left button) and steams but I can't get the water to pump (right button) through the coffee to go into the cups. Makes a loud clicking...


Obviously you have problem with non return valves at the pump, they are built inn the pump.
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Coffee has started becoming weak


Basing on personal experience (you can find more on Google probably), solutions are:

On percolated (filter) coffee machines:

Check water temp, if water temp is insufficient , most common is scale heating element , faulty element, faulty thermostat.
Check if water is dripping right at the center of the filter, if it is dripping on one side because the orifice is clogged, that can result in weak coffee.
Coffee blend not well distributed on filter basket.

On Espresso machines:

Check water temp, same as filter coffee machines (thermostat element, scale on heating chamber).
Ensure that coffee is filled correctly in the filter cup (fill at level), and well pressed.
Ensure that the coffee mixture that you are using is not too coarse, buy the apposite one for espresso.
Ensure that you are not leaving the machine brewing for a time that is too long, and Italian coffee cup is very small, approximately one regular shot.

On the hob moka pots (espresso, Moka and Bialetti type):

This are the trickiest ones, you need art and practice to get a good espresso with a Moka, but when you learn, the result is better than what you may get with an home electrical espresso maker.
The frame on the hob must be not too strong, and the mixture coarse but well pressed, with water at level tag, or you will get a weak coffee.
On Mokas a good strategy is keeping hob at minimum, and turning up the flame at top when coffee starts coming out.

French and turkish cafetieres:

Ensure that you put enough coffee, water hot enough, and that you left the infusion enough time to get a strong coffee.

Note: insufficient pressure and clogged lines on electric machines never give you a weak coffee, exactly the opposite.
Not pressed mixture always gives weak coffee, but too much pressed mixture may give you coffee with bad taste.

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Exploding........


Hi All. I too was having this so called exploding issue with my machine & couldn't get any coffee!! The culprit is a clogged filter!! As you might know, Breville uses a double wall construction for the filter which incorporates an inner cup with many fine holes and there is only ONE small hole on the bottom of the outer wall(bottom). I guess over time some fine fine grounds get thru the inner layer and accumulate between the two layers and eventually get compacted enough to completely clog the filter to a point that the pump cannot push the water through it!! Thus the pressure from the pump can't escape & is releasd when you try to remove the coffee basket!! You can try to use a small pin inserted in the bottom hole to see if it clears the obstruction. It didn't work for me! I even tried using high pressure air to clear it, again unsuccessful!
THE FIX: Buy a new filter!

P.S. I found my machine to have some build up behind the strainer where the water enters the coffee chamber. To clean and clear, follow these steps: Unplugg the power cord!! Remove the watertank. Remove the filter holder. Turn the machine upside-down, Remove ONE screw in the center of the coffee chamber(It looks like a strainer with several holes). Remove the strainer and wash & clean any build up behind it. Reinstall in reverse order.

Sep 20, 2008 | Breville ESP8XL Espresso Machine

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Just bought machine. Filter holder is different from one described in booklet. It talks about the filter holder has been replaced by a spring systems that holds the filter in place. OK...so I got the big...


hi m.fleshman! in answer to your question, i paid $25 for mine used...it's like a $25 paperweight. hold the coffee grinds basket up to a light-can you see light thru just one hole, or all of the holes? if just one, this passed quality control at the factory & shouldn't have passed. i imagine that details like this are rampant on this machine. if i had bought mine at the store instead of 2nd hand, i'd take it back for a full refund! otherwise, it may be that someone put the wrong filter in the package. it's also possible that you may need to take out the spring (if it's removable) from the bottom of the filter holder-i don't know b/c i bought mine used. hope this helps!

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Breville Die Cast 800ESXL


BrevilleUSA.com has a silicon seal (steam ring) to replace faulty or worn ones. There is no shipping charge, and they are $4 each. To replace the steam ring you'll need to remove the stainless spray disk on the brew head with a phillips screwdriver (one screw) and pull off the old ring (pay attention to the direction and placement of the stainless disk).  Takes about 2 minutes to do.  
Part # .800ESXL/192 

Also, on mine I noticed that the filter holder was ground down at the factory a bit too much on one side, which causes a slight leak down one side (coffee, not water).  You might check the holder (with the filter removed) for imperfections that could lead to your leak. Good luck.

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Everything sounds like its working...but nothing.


It sounds like your filter is clogged.  This can be tricky to unclog, but use the pin that came with the machine.  I have had the most success when I use the pin and try to run H20 (no coffee) through the filter basket.  Sometimes takes several tries, but eventually blows out the clog.

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