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The grounds are sloshy and the coffee is weak - I think that the coffee is leaking out as the hot water is being pumped through the ground beans

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I think I have the answer to this: when mine started doing the same thing, I found that coffee grounds had accumulated and were blocking the seal of the water supply with the brew-group.
The Behind the brew-group is a clear tube with o-rings that slides into the brew group to supply water. One or both of these is clogged with accumulated coffee grounds. Try cleaning out both well.

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The coffee coming from the machine is awful. It was a precipitous change. It is weak and tasteless. Same brand of whole bean I have always used.

Good morning Kenneth.

There are a couple directions you could take to diagnose this.
Since the change happened overnight, or quickly in any case, this tends to suggest clogging or contamination that happened recently.
My suggestions:
  1. Try running a batch of coffee with no grounds in at all. Fill up the water, run it on 'pre-ground' mode, and let the hot water run into the tank. Is the water clear in appearance as expected? Does the water run into the pot in about the time you'd expect? Does it flow readily from the filter outlet into the pot, or come in dribbles and spurts? And... if you taste the warm water, does it taste like nice neutral water, or is there an overall taste?
  2. If any of the above is true, then your water path can me mucked up. A few possibilities here would be :
    1. There is usually a water filter in the unit, which will get gunked up with water filtrate, or just algae over time. You'll need to look at your manual for your particular model to find how to access it. Changing the filter can make a big difference in both taste and in how reliably water flows from the reservoir.
    2. The filter cone is gunked up. Usually you can remove the entire filter cone assembly for cleaning. There is pretty much always a spring-loaded push valve on the bottom that will not allow coffee to flow out the bottom unless the pot is in place. This can get majorly gunked up with old coffee grounds that overflowed at some point or another. Make sure the valve is free of debris, along with the surrounding area.
  3. if the water path is ok, then 'weak' coffee translates into 'the water and the grounds are not interacting enough'. that can come from a couple directions:
    1. Not enough coffee, or stale coffee. I'm discounting that since you said you'd already tried both pre-ground and auto, and i assume you used the same amount of coffee grounds.
    2. Water is not hot enough to extract coffee essence from the grounds. If the system is pumping the water over the grounds, but it's cold, then if you are on morning auto-mode, it's possible the morning timer is running tepid water, and then heating it with the pot heater.
    3. Water is hot, but not in contact with the grounds long enough to extract much. This could either be that the system is flowing really fast - whether high water flow would mean fast pass-through will depend on the filter specifics, or that it's by=passing the filter. If there is an overflow catch that will still direct the coffee to the pot is it misses, then you may be either flooding and catching, or the filter might be mis-seated, so that some significant amount of the water can just flow past it. Your description reminds me of some times that the paper filter in my system has folded over, so that the water is dripping against the outside of the paper filter and then running down to the bottom of the filter holder. Bleccch.
    Hoping this is helpful!

    Good Luck

Nov 19, 2015 | Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines

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Saeco Vienna Deluxe -- Coffee weak weak weak

When the coffee is weak, that is often because the water is not at adequate temperature.

Check if the coffee is in right quantity and pressed in the right way. If it is than it means that the water was not hot enough.

Check water temperature, if water is completely cold, the element mus be replaced, if water is hot, but not enough, then replace thermostate activating the pump.

Oct 13, 2008 | Saeco Vienna De Luxe Espresso Machine

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Gaggia Titanium Weak coffee medium cup only produces a dash of water and weak coffee, also the ground is very course and I am going through lots of beans done the cleaning and re-calibration but still the...

The coarse grounds is definitely the problem. make sure your machines setting are near 5-8 depending on the beans you use.

You need to make 5 cups of coffee before you see the new grind size. Do not change the grind too often or you will not see what you are looking for.

If the coffee is still too coarse you may need to replace the grinder burrs.

or you should take it to a service center.

Aug 11, 2013 | Gaggia Titanium Espresso Machine

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What is instant coffee?

Instant coffee is basically ground coffee that has been freeze-dried, packaged and sold. It is rehydrated by pouring hot water over top. This type of coffee is ideal for travelers or to anyone without a coffee pot/time to wait for their coffee to brew.

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The problem is when I use pre ground coffee beans. The water doesn't run through. It comes over the top and the grounds get in the coffee. I buy them that way because they mark them down half price. I


There are whole coffee beans, and there are ground coffee beans, but there is no such thing as "pre-ground" coffee beans because you wouldn't want the beans to be ground AFTER making coffee.

If you have a problem using "pre-ground" beans, then STOP using pre-ground beans and grind them yourself.

I hope this helps.

Dec 01, 2012 | Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines

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My Coffee Gaggia Vision is grinding and the coffee is coming out very weak. The billet coming out is very wet and small. Any solutions or ideas?

see this matter causes:
Make sure there's water in the unit's water tank.

  • 2 Unscrew the shower disk from the top of the unit and rinse it. Dry the disk and screw it back in place.

  • 3 Replace the coffee grounds with properly ground beans. Coffee beans that are either too finely or too coarsely ground will adversely affect the flow of coffee from the machine.
  • 4 Make sure the coffee in the filter is not packed too firmly if the coffee isn't flowing at all. If the flow is too fast, tamp the coffee down a bit more with the tamper.
  • God bless you

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    How many tablespoons of ground coffee are needed per cup of water in the Smart Brew coffee maker?

    For ground coffee, use 1-1/2 (one and one-half) tablespoons of beans per 6 ounces of water.

    For whole bean coffee, use two tablespoons of beans per 6 ounces of water.

    Coffee strength is a very personal preference, so use these numbers as a guideline for middle-of-the-road coffee, and adjust to make the coffee that you like to drink.

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    Coffee Beans do not grind

    Try using the vacuum to clean out the grounds, then remove the brew unit and make sure the chamber from the grinder is clear.

    Aug 11, 2009 | Saeco INCANTO DELUXE Espresso Machine

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    I have a Saeco Magic De Luxe. I am having a problem intermittent

    Could be the pump not providing enough pressure to force the water through the coffee. When using beans or preground, can you still hear the pump function?

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    Coffee is weak and watery

    After reviewing troubleshooting diagrams, I really couldn't find a solution to your problem.

    The only thing I can suggest is to use 2 oz per pot of coffee grounds. Your 5 or 6 scoops assuming they are one ounce each is way more than enough.

    Look under where your basket goes. Most bunn coffee maker has a flavor guard on the downspout. this down spout actually helps distributes the water over the whole basket of coffee grounds. Most of the time I see these missing, and when they are gone, they are gone.

    Use less water for the amount of coffee you are using first. Sadly when there is not enough water, the coffee tastes bitter. Too much water tastes weak. Hot water extracts certain elements out of the beans even after grinding.

    Always use a fresh paperfilter designed for your coffee maker.
    If this pot is not work correctly still, I will suggest seeing your appliance repair technician.

    May 26, 2008 | Bunn BT10B Coffee Maker

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