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I do not know how to use the Blind Diaphragm filter

Is it part of the Portafilter?

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The blind filter is used to backflush the group with espresso machine soap to get rid of the coffee oils.
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Gaggia Baby filter is stuck!


The filter is stuck on the group head of the machine only by the force of dry coffee which acts like glou and since on the portafilter is secure by a wire spring which is probably loose and couldent hold the filter in place.
So all you need is a pointing screwdriver with edge like a nail or similar and use it on the filter try to level it out and by a little force try to move it and get unstuck. After that you can clean also the coffee remaining's on group head also.
In order to avoid this in future you will have to clean the portafilter from machine after you will make a coffee, replace the portafilter spring with a new one and clean the grouhead and grouphead gasket often with grouphead brush. You may need also to buy cleaning grouphead powder and backwash blid filter to perform backwash frequent. All these cleaning and parts you can easily find in eBay.

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Proper way to backflush a Rancilio Silvia.


Rancilio does not recommend backflushing the Silvia. Sometimes we have to.
First remove the brew head screen. Clean the brew head screen and reinstall. The proper way to back flush is to use a blind basket. Place some Cafiza, or Joe Glow (espresso machine detergent, a level teaspoon) in the blind basket. Insert blind basket in the portafilter and insert the portafilter in the brew head. With the machine warm, turn on the brew switch for about 4 seconds. If the pump starts to get quieter, turn the pump off. Wait about 1 minute, and repeat.
Do this about 5 to 10 times until the 3 way valve runs clean. Rinse the basket and repeat about 5 times to rinse machine. Remove and brew some more through the brew head.
Never let the pump get quite when running the pump, while back flushing. This can damage the pump.

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Excessive water comes out the drain when brewing a expresso


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Your 3 way valve is dirty or bad. Have you ever done a back flush with a detergent?
About every 3 months it is a good idea to do a backflush your machine with a blind filter basket. When backflusing you should only use a good espresso machine cleaner designed for an espresso machine's brew system. DO NOT USE a decalcification cleaner. First, clean the screen and dispersion plate plus the brew head and reassemble, which will prepare you for backflusing. Then, insert the blind filter basket into the portafilter with a ½ teaspoon of cleaner in the basket. Next, place the portafilter into the brew head and tighten. When the machine is hot turn on the brew button for about 10 seconds and then turn off. Then, wait 30 seconds to a minute. Next, turn the brew button on again this time for only about 3 to 5 seconds and then turn off. Wait 30 seconds to a minute. Repeat these last two steps six to eight times. After you have completed the backflushing remove your portafilter and rinse the blind basket with fresh water. Next, you turn on the brew switch to rinse the plumbing. Then, reinsert the portafilter into brew head and turn on the brew button for about 10 seconds and then turn off. Next, turn on the brew button for approximately 3 to 5 seconds and then turn off. Repeat about 4 to 5 times. Always remember backflushing is hard on electric 3 way solenoid valves, so it is not recommended do this no more than four times a year for a machine used in home application. You will find more good is done to your machine be properly cleaning the brew head.

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I get espresso grinds up on the machine above the filter basket after I make espresso.


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Sorry to say but that is pretty normal. One trick we did is after making the espresso for the day, we emptied the portafilter basket of grounds, then put the portafilter back in the machine and ran the pump. Once we had water coming from the portafilter, we loosened the portafilter back and forth a couple times and this would clean the gasket and brew head. The gasket is very important and a dirty gasket can lead to trouble down the road.

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I have an Ascaso Dream - pod only version. I would like to know if the portafilter is replaceable. I want to exchange it with the model that does both ground and pod coffee. Thx, Rasmus from Denmark


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If your model is pod only - fixed version - then it is not possible to replace the group.
If you have a pod portafilter then it is possible.
You will need: . a new portafilter and ground converter kit Ground coffee converter Kit ASCASO porta filter complete

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No water coming through portafilter to make espresso.


You have a stuck check valve. Try running the pump with the steam knob open, then shutting it then, opening it 4 or 5 times and see if it will pop open. Make sure that you don't have the portafilter in at the time you are doing this.

Dec 03, 2009 | Saeco VIA Venezia

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Silvia leaking water


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The solenoid valve needs back flushing the correct way with a espresso machine detergent like Cafiza, or Joe Glo. Place a 1/2 teaspoon in a blind basket. (don't come with Silvia). Place blind basket in portafilter and brew like making espresso, but run pump for no more than 5 to 10 seconds or until the pump starts to change tone (slow down). Stop the pump when either of these things happen or Silvia can be damaged. Repeat the pump 5 to 10 times leaving a 1 minute wait between cycles, or the suds comming out the 3 way valve turns pure white, with no coffee stains in the foam. Remove the portafilter and rinse then reinsert and repeat the cycles to rinse the internals. This should take care of the problem. If not you may have to replace the 3 way.

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Gaggia classic espresso machine doesn't pour water but the water pump seems to work fine.


Don't be annoyed, but the first thing is to eliminate possible obvious reasons.

First -- Do you have the water reservoir filled?

Second -- Is the Steam Toggle (the middle black button) turned on? If so, that's the problem. Turn it off, then turn on the far right button -- the machine should purge steam from the group head which will turn to water quickly.

Third -- do you have a blind filter in the portafilter? That is, is there anything other than the filter basket inside the portafilter handle?

Can you get water to come out of the steam handle? To do this, open the steam valve (the round knob on the side of the machine) by turning it toward you. Then, turn on the machine using the third black button. You should hear the pump running and water should flow through the steam wand. If it doesn't, my guess is that the pump is shot.

There is not an awful lot involved in engineering terms in the system, so if water is not coming out at all after trying all of these things, you're going to have to have it serviced by someoe who can actually address the pump issue. This can be done at home, but if it's under warranty I wouldn't hassle with it.

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Coffee not pouring through portafilter


if your grounds are tamped down too tight, the steam can't get through it.

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