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6 cup only making one cup

I have had the 6 cup moka express for 3 years. all of a sudden it is only producing one cup and brews for almost 30 minutes. it seems as if the water is not able to come up to he top, however i've cleaned it several times and there are no blocks, and replaced the gasket. can you help? thank you. renee'

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  • nocal guy Sep 11, 2008

    It's the same problem. New gasket, new filter disc, basket appears to be draining water through properly but just doesn't get going the way it should and always has. End up with one cup of very dark, burnt coffee from a 12 cup maker. Have the basket soaking in vinegar, going to pressure wash it later, has to be the basket somehow. This isn't rocket science. There are only three parts, pressure valve is fine. So what else could it be?

  • tvrana Oct 10, 2008

    I just replaced the gasket and filter disc in my 6 cup bialett moka pot and am experiencing the same results, with or without using coffee. The gasket doesn't seem to be a perfect fit and some pressure is lost out the sides.

  • alisonryan01 Dec 30, 2008

    the exact same problem! ugh!!

    can anyone explain what's going on here?

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I just had this same problem and after reading this blog I went downstairs, tightened the pot down more and it worked! I usually don't tighten it this much, but will continue to tighten it down hard until the gasket is broken in. Thank you sooooooo much!!!

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It's the gasket!!!!! Store the pot with the two parts screwed TIGHTLY together for about a week. Tighten it up as the new gasket compresses. Problem solved in two weeks or less. Also cook on medium to low heat. High flame seems to make the problem worse.

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I have just had exactly the same problem - bought a new set of rubber gaskets and the metal filter discs but it still didn't work, three new rubber gaskets all gave the same problem.

But... then I thought about the one other replaceable part: the funnel cup. These are available to replace too and aren't expensive [less than 2 UK pounds from Amazon, that's about 3 US$].

And it worked! so, moral of the story is when you replace the gasket, replace the funnel cup too as it does get knocked out of shape over time.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009

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I've finally discovered the solution to this problem. When the water is boiling and you can hear it trying to come up thru the coffee maker, pick up the Bialetti Coffee maker about 3 inches and just hit it back down onto the burner of the stove. You don't have to go crazy here.

Before you start making coffee just make sure the strainer is clean where the gasket attaches as you might want to blow through it and all parts are dry before you put coffee into that little metal cup.



Posted on Sep 01, 2008

Have you changed the way you grind the coffee? If the coffee is ground too finely, and packed in, it will block the pot. Usually you can tell it's blocked because the pressure relief starts to spout steam.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

Have you changed the way you grind the coffee? If the coffee is ground too finely, and packed in, it will block the pot. Usually you can tell it's blocked because the pressure relief starts to spout steam.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

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