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No 'real' coffee taste or crema - despite following instructions

I have a Miele CVA 620 and have tried all settings but the coffee always tastes watery. I've tried different coffee beans have read the manual inside out and still not avail... please someone help

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Set the machine for the finest coffee and the least water.
You should get a decent espresso.
For a regular cuppa, keep the settings the same and make either a medium coffee combined with a small coffee (jolt) or
make two small coffees.
I have this machine and the crema is nice at this setting.

Posted on Oct 03, 2010

  • MarkBok Aug 08, 2011

    I thought my machine was broken - it was part of the home we bought a few years ago and could only make flavourless brown water. The only remedy was doing the above and buying "italiansk brent" (Norwegian for "Italian burned" - not sure of better translation) was the only remedy. Very strong coffee beans, fine grounds and lots of, with little water. Very nice coffee now!

  • cbnhr Aug 09, 2011

    Glad I could help! I'm making a cup right now! Cheers!

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