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When making an espresso, it takes ages for the water to come out and when it does, the coffee is really thin with no crema. I have tried everything with the coffee itself, i.e. making a slightly coarser grind to see if that would make the difference. I have checked to see that the water comes out without the filter being in the machine, it comes out clear with no problems. HELP!! I miss my lovely gaggia coffee ...

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  • lor158 May 28, 2010

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    When making an espresso, it takes ages for the water to come out and when it does, the coffee is really thin with no crema. I have tried everything with the coffee itself, i.e. making a slightly coarser grind to see if that would make the difference. I have checked to see that the water comes out without the filter being in the machine, it comes out clear with no problems. HELP!! I miss my lovely gaggia coffee

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Make sure that the seal on the coffee holder is tight and that it is not leaking any air or water. If this is happening or the seal is not tight enough then you will have this issue. The other would be that you are not packing the coffee tight enough and the water is running through it to easy. The last would be that the pressure is not high enough and you may need to change the purge valve on your unit to help the water come out quicker and with more pressure. This is a pretty common failure on all espresso machine, from the big ones that you find at the coffee shops to the smaller ones like what you own.

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Check and make sure the filter is properly aligned. Re-seat the accessories and try again.

Posted on May 28, 2010

  • lor158 May 28, 2010

    Hi Nicarta





    I'll try that this weekend, if it doesn't work, I'll write to you again.



    My email said you needed me to clarify my question ...



    Essentially, the coffee is coming out really slowly with no crema. I forgot to mention that it comes out only on one side of the filter for the first few minutes and only then does it come out to of both.



    I'll try to clean it though and can I also ask which descaler you would recommend for this machine.



    Thanks



    Lorien

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    Nicholas Enyika May 28, 2010

    There so many good Coffee Machine cleaner outer there, but you stick to the accessories from Saeco & Gaggia.

    Thanks and best of lucks


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