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No crema We have a Saeco Classico that worked very well when we first got the machine. Now the coffee is bitter and there is no crema in the shot at all. We tried changing grinds and tamping, nothing seems to work. Can you help? Thanks so much. We miss our morning coffee :-)

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  • Anonymous Aug 06, 2008

    This is precisely what happened to my unit a few weeks ago. The machine is about a year and a half old, and has until recently produced excellent shots with thick crema. Suddenly, the shots have become extremely bitter, and virtually without crema. I had not decalcified the machine as frequently as suggested, but did in fact clean it a couple of weeks before the problems started. I've since replaced the coffee bean supply, adjusted the amount of grounds used, and tamped with varying degrees of density, all to no avail. For what it's worth, the unit also leaks a bit, dripping from the portafilter when frothing and likewise dripping from the steam wand when pulling shots.

  • patriceb Oct 25, 2008

    I hace the exact same problem !!!

    I have decalcefy it 3 weeks ago but now no more Creama !!!



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Sounds like the handle where you put the coffee in needs replacement, if you leave the machine on for long periods with the handle on there is a metal spring inside with plastic parts that regulate the pressure in the tamping basket. 9 BAR is the desired pressure to produce crema. the plastic parts can melt and the spring looses tension. If you place the handle on, lock it, the it should shift slightly backwards on its own if you have to help it I have bad news replacement time. I have seen replacement from 25.00 - 90.00. I have two classicos and already replaced one handle and have to do the next. It could take one time of leaving the machine on all day. Good to get in habbit of turning off the machine immediately after use let it cool slowly attached to unit and clean it when you get home. Immediate cleaining in cold water could make the spring fatigue faster and also cause this problem.
If you are brave and can remember where parts were; take the three screws off where the coffee comes from handle slowly separate the parts and you will see if plastic melted, is distorted or spring is like mush.
Here is the saeco parts diagram and parts ordering site but I warn you its the most expensive - 70k -

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How old is the machine?
Have you decalcify the machine?

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