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No flow Sometimes there is no water flow through loaded portafilter; pressure builds; button light flashes. Sometimes it works fine. Can't figure out what I'm doing different when it doesn't work. Filter not seated properly? Too much/ too little coffee? Flow is OK without coffee in the filter. I had original machine replaced; same problem; must be me.

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Tamp the coffee a little less - run water through filter basket to make sure it is dripping out before filling with espresso grounds. Dry the filter thoroughly before inserting coffee grounds. I would reccomend using double filter basket only instead of the single.

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