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Grounds overflowing This coffee make overflows grounds and this leaks past the carafe onto the counter regardless if use 6 cups or 10 cups of water or if I use a paper filter or not, How can I fix this. This is a high priority today ! Harry,

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The coffee needs to be ground less fine as the grounds are clogging the filter. Take it apart, clean it out and then try using less ground coffee grounds. The company also has Great customer service and may even send you a new machine if it isn't working after doing this. So try cleaning it and try it again and if that doesn't work, then give them a call about this at 1-800-422-1230 or 1-800-541-6390.

Let me know how everything works out

Posted on Jun 05, 2008

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    Benjamin Patri Jun 05, 2008

    You could also try using better filters if you bought cheap ones.

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    Benjamin Patri Jun 08, 2008

    If you are satisfied with your experience here, then feel free to provide me with some feedback by
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    Thanks for your time and service and I hope you have a Great Day!

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Double check that the removable brew basket is seated before brewing and also check that the carafe is all the way seated on the warming plate.or call 800-541-6390 if issue persist... best i got..!

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Check whether the sealing is done properly...

there may be some discontinuity..

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1. Do not "pack" or otherwise overfill the cone/basket with grinds.
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3. Do not overfill with water. Use the carafe to pour water into the reservoir. This is because a "cup" in coffee terms is defined as 6 oz, not 8 oz. Note: Some coffee makers define as little as 5 oz as a cup.
4. Make sure the filter cone/basket clicks into place and that the carafe is centered and pushed all the way in.
5. Try a permanent filter rather than a paper filter or vice versa.
6. Only use the correct permanent or paper filter (see manual).
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1. Do not "pack" or otherwise overfill the cone/basket with grinds.
2. Ensure you are using the correct grind for an automatic drip coffee maker, neither too fine nor too course. (See instruction manual.)
3. Do not overfill with water. Use the carafe to pour water into the reservoir. This is because a "cup" in coffee terms is defined as 6 oz, not 8 oz. Note: Some coffee makers define as little as 5 oz as a cup.
4. Make sure the filter cone/basket clicks into place and that the carafe is centered and pushed all the way in.
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