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Coffee overflows onto the counter from time to time. Have a clean gold filter. It seems that the coffee doesn't flow threw the lid as fast as it used to. How do I clean inside the coffee pot lid? There seems to be build up in there.

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I believe your problem is the filter basket holder is not seated correctly or the carafe is not completely inserted in the unit to push the brew pause lever up. The brew pause feature which stops the coffee from going into the carafe when you want a cup of coffee before the brew cycle is done. When you remove the carafe a spring lever stops the coffee from dripping into the carafe. When the carafe is inserted it must push the spring lever up to allow the coffee to flow into the carafe. If it is not the coffee will overflow and make a mess. The filter basket holder should be firmly seated in the unit so it will not have any play in it. Cuisinart recommends using a vinegar and water mixture but BrewRite Cleaner (Sodium Carbonate) available in the coffee section at Wallmart, Kamart and Target is fantastic. You can clean your carafe with BrewRite Cleaner and hot water by letting it soak a few minutes and rinsing. I will also clean your filter basket holder by soaking it as well and all your coffee residue will be gone with no scrubbing.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

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    larrylabazio Apr 16, 2013

    thank you, i cleaned everything than pushed the filter basket holder all the way down and everything worked fine

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We had this problem as well. It turns out that we had coffee grounds stuck in the lid. The pouring mechanism in the lid is actually a little complicated. I was able to clean out the path the coffee takes from inside the carafe up through the lid with Q-tips and a lot of water.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010

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  • MTKA7 Jan 14, 2011

    It worked! Thank you for your advice, I thought it was leaking out of the back of the unit, when all along it was grounds stuck in the lid of the carafe. What a simple fix!

  • shoro Jan 14, 2011

    Glad I could help somebody else with the same problem!

  • pamperedann Feb 27, 2011

    we've had our coffeemaker about 3 years. lately it's been pouring coffee all over the counter. i've cleaned EVERYTHING, checked lids, basket seating, cleaned with vinegar. seems it runs about the first 30 seconds out, then the rest starts going into the carafe like it should. any clue on this one?

  • Helen Magnuson Jul 06, 2012

    Same problem here. Ended up using Q-tips, proxy brushes and a toothpick to clean out the coffee grounds/paste that had formed inside the lid. Thanks for the tip!

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