Question about Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine
Hi: i posted one of problems above (may 1,2009). the way i finally solved the problem was to use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean the portafilter. just running cleancaf cleaner through it is not enough. i ran the ultrasonic cleaner for several hours to clear all the holes in the filter and also get all the unseen gunk out of the portafilter. now, i do this once every few months and it works like a charm.
Posted on Dec 20, 2009
While the exact symptoms above are a bit vague, the problem I had with mine was roughly that: one time I'd grind the coffee and it worked fine and the next time it was just jammed and I'd have to regrind the coffee because I'd made the grounds wy too fine and the filter holes would be plugged. If I "made coffee" with an empty filter, the machine would press out water. If you use a burr grinder for your coffee you can control the particle size and most problems like this have gone away since I made the switch to a burr grinder (though changing coffee types can cause your grinder to grind a bit differerently and still catch you grinding too fine).
A 2nd related problem that reduces flow gradually over time (and which I thought was the machine's pump failing) is that the stainless steel filter will become impacted with ultrafine coffe oils and deposits over time (say a year or so, but would depend on your water supply and frerquency of use etc). There is a miraculous solution to that problem: soak your filter in a lye solution for a few hours. The lye will completely disolve those oils and your filter will be clean as new. What a relief it was for me to discover that.
Posted on Feb 02, 2009
Had this problem. Fixed it by taking off the O ring at the bottom of the porta filter and turning the bottom plate under the water stream. Doing that every 3 - 4 day will certainly help.
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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