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Steam wand is leaking, so not enough pressure is applied to coffee

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  • gstern Jan 18, 2009

    I have the same problem and haven't found the manual or parts on the Krups site. The URL in the response to Alain1's request for a manual did not work.

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The gaskets are broken in the steamer, you need to change them

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