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Temperature adjustment? Anyone attempted to adjust the brew temperature of the 800ESXL ? I've just read that 203.5deg F is ideal. When I check the water pumped from the brew head (grounds / filter cup removed) the water is only 172deg F. Anyone tested adjusted yet?

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  • Anonymous Jun 23, 2008

    How to adjust brewing temperatire?

  • cheeber Jul 04, 2008

    a also have 800esxl and get a water temp of 165-170F (~75C) which is too low per all the literature on espresso brewing. this is with preheat. not sure if it has been this way since i purchased it two yrs ago, but i think so, since the espresso is never quite right. i will try to sescale thoughto see it that beings the temp up, and have a look at the circuit as well to see if anything can be adjusted (i am guessing no). it is probably a liitation of the thermoblock system to get enough heat into the water, although thie thermostat may also be turning it off at too low a temp.

  • canozus Aug 20, 2008

    water temperature that comes out of the hot water spout and also from the brew head is about 70 degrees centegrade. I do get some crema but not as much as I have in other machines that I have used. I do feel that the temperature is not high enough, but as the machine is only 5 weeks old I am not sure.


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The rear temp sensor is in charge of the brew temp. To increase the temp, lift sensor and clean out the thermal paste. To further increase, insert some fine metal mesh between sensor and boiler. The front senser is for emergency (overheat) cut off. Don't tamper! Brought to you by Jim Vonkas

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When I watch the YouTube videos for using lever machines, they always draw a blank (hot water, no coffee). This serves to preheat the brew head and the cup(s), as well as rinsing out stale coffee from the previous day.  I have done this a few times with my Breville, and get good, hot coffee. Might be worth a try. Otherwise, you may need a new (different) thermostat.
My issue is a bit different: I live at 7400 feet, and water boils at 196 F (92 C). When the heater is at the end of the heat cycle and I draw a shot, I get a blast of steamy water through the portafilter that extracts the coffee flavor. The shot tastes almost normal but I also get quite a mess from the splatter.  I located the hot water and steam thermostats on the machine when I had it apart, so if I could get one that has a lower limit, I'd be happy.  Hope you get your problem solved.

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