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Can't prime Starbucks Estro Vapore espresso machine

Machine is approx 10 yrs old but hardly used. Have tried priming it by opening the steam valuve while both the steam and brew buttons are in the off position. I am about ready to fling it out the door. Any suggestions??

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  • KaffeSumpen May 11, 2010

    What exactly is the problem?

    when you try and prime the machine does it come out water?

    is it failing to add water when brewing?

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I have had this machine for four years now, and it is FAB!!! it does have an extra step to it- after you put in coffee and add water to the reservoir, you DO need to prime the pump. So here's what you have to do:

-Fill the reservoir with MORE water then you think you will need, fill the coffee filter with the standard amount of finely ground bean.
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-Wait till the green "ready" light comes on, then put an empty cup under the steam wand and turn the valve on (the steam switch is still in the off position). Hot water will come out of the steam wand, allow it to flow until the "ready" light blinks off. Discard this.
-close the steam valve, stopping the flow of water.
-turn the "steam" switch into the on position, wait for ready light to come on again.
-put your milk container under the steam wand and froth to your heart's content (this machine makes GREAT frothed milk and you should use a large enough milk container to allow for that! *smile*)
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This has been the best machine I've ever used, and has lasted me for years. I heartily recommend it!

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