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The stem isn't producing enough water force over the grounds.

The unit is heating fine but the stem isn't producing enough water over the grounds. The coffee is very weak and only colored water.

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Hi. Check the spring and make sure it is just under the coffee basket. Next thing check the keep warm element, it should be on at all times the poy is in use. 1 of the 2, one is a fix.

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