Beginning yesterday morning, our 10 cup B&D Cafe Noir is retaining about two cups of water in the filter basket.
Spring looks OK, nothing seems to be sticking - it just is retaining the water. What is the problem?
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Re: Filter basket retains water
It sounds like a restriction in the perk tubes have you cleaned I mean deep clean the unit??? It should be as any auto coffe maker should be clean deeply every three to six Months depending on how much you use it. How you do this is take 1/2 viniger in pot and fill to capacity.. Dump this into the unit and brew it through. Then ite recommended to rinse them by brewing three to 4 times with clkean water. now if this dosent work its probably behound feasability to repair
Not really a solution here, but had the same problem with the unit here at work. The filter housing fills up with water / coffee. This appears to be caused by the lid of the pot itself, over time having sunken in the middle slightly, and now doesn't hold the spring-loaded valve open enough to drain the coffee faster than the filter fills up. Someone has taken a rubber cabinet stop (small, round piece of rubber) and stuck it in the middle hole on the pot lid... we'll see if that works.
I had the same problem, I found out that when I was using the grinding machines in the stores, I would change the setting to expresso or fine. Try using other setting that should solve your problem.
If your Saeco is backing up and no water is coming through, the following may help you fix the problem:
If you have ever taken off the two screws at the top of the brew group that hold the water exit coupling, make sure you placed the spring back in correctly with the CHECK BALL in the right place. I put the check ball in and the fat part of the spring down first and it clogged the "exitway" for the coffee. I think the spring should be the other way, with the ball contained in the spring. However, I just removed the ball altogether, because I cant remember. Anyway, hope this helps...I just wasted an entire morning.
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Steven, I think it`s not the filter or the coffee just that more water is flowing into the basket then it can process. I would try lesser quantity of water first to see if it overflows. Try first with filter only and then with coffee. And before you do all that, your machine should be under warranty and may be returnable to the store. Do that and save the trouble of fixing it.
I'd start by cleaning it. Simple white vingar will work, but what I have found works even better is CLR (calcium, lime, rust). I usually put in a cup of CLR and 5 cups of water, turn the coffeemaker on for a minute to get the water started into the machine and then turn it off for 15 minutes, then turn it back on and let it run. Put a filter in the basket and you'll be surprised what comes out.
Then I would run a pot of water and vinegar, about 50/50 and then flush it with 2 pots of just water..
Coffee overflowing onto the counter is a common complaint found in response to many automatic drip coffee makers. The following are potential solutions that can be used to rule out "operator error" vs. a defect or malfunction:
1. Do not "pack" or otherwise overfill the cone/basket with grinds.
2. Ensure you are using the correct grind for an automatic drip coffee maker, neither too fine nor too course. (See instruction manual.)
3. Do not overfill with water. Use the carafe to pour water into the reservoir. This is because a "cup" in coffee terms is defined as 6 oz, not 8 oz. Note: Some coffee makers define as little as 5 oz as a cup.
4. Make sure the filter cone/basket clicks into place and that the carafe is centered and pushed all the way in.
5. Try a permanent filter rather than a paper filter or vice versa.
6. Only use the correct permanent or paper filter (see manual).
7. Verify that the Pause 'n Serve button isn't sticking. If it is activated too long the brew will escape over the top of the cone/basket. This may be more apt to happen if the alignment of the carafe and the basket is incorrect.
8. Clean your machine with vinegar or as instructed by your user manual at least three times per year, more if your water supply is hard. A properly cleaned machine is less likely to suffer a burned out heating element, to take too long to brew, to produce "off" tasting coffee, or to clog and overrun the filter basket as the water runs through the grinds.
9. Ensure that the coffee machine is sitting level on the counter.
Some fine-grain coffees are too fine for the Gold Tone Filter. If this is the case, remove the Gold tone Filter and use paper filters only. You may have to wash excess grinds out of the black filter basket, since there may be a few stuck in there now - don't take the filter basket apart - just rinse it out with water.
Also, don't use a paper filter and the gold tone filter at the same time.
GET A NEW MACHINE. i just bought one used for $25. the previous owner said it had been sitting in his basement for over a year, and that he used it only maybe ten times (WHY, I WONDER?). it was not cleaned before being stored. let me preface my comments by stating that i have used a saeco-made starbucks barista machine for about 9 months now, and this one was supposed to be a backup. here are the things that i have issue with about this machine: 1) re: the thumping sound during steaming: the pump inside the machine is poorly mounted; it has a metal bar around it which, i believe (from examining the guts of the machine) has scarred an adjacent plastic piece from repeated impact, while causing the thumping sound everyone hears. one can feel the vibration on the outside of the machine by placing a finger or hand anywhere on it's surface. the cause: poor quality pump and poor manufacturing.
2) and in support of "poor manufacturing" theory: if you hold up the metal coffee filter basket to the light, you can easily see the hole. yes, coffee comes thru ONLY ONE HOLE in the filter basket. there are a score of other "holes" that you CANNOT see light thru-these are FALSE HOLES. comparing to an espresso maker that costs twice as much, every hole seen in the filter basket is in actuality a hole (light can be seen through each). clearly, the breville basket lacks a crucial/vital step in its finishing: the last step of drilling out each individual hole (instead of drilling only one).
to review: i spent $25 on this POS. how much did you spend? no wonder cust. service doesn't help!
Be sure the red rubber gasket is in place and clean (ridge side in) and bottom water cup is screwed firmly on to avoid leaking.
HOW TO USE:
1) Fill the bottom water cup with cold water up to the inside lip.
2) Set funnel into bottom water cup
3) Fill coffee basket with expresso grind coffee and level off. (Do not tamp or pack). Make sure it's filled to the top.
4) Place filter onto coffee basket and set coffee basket into funnel
5) Place brewer over bottom water cup and screw firmly into place.
6) Place unit with lid in the center of a microwave oven set on high for 1-1/2 minutes. If boil over occurs, reduce the brew time in 10-second increments until no boil over occurs.
7) Grasp handle to remove unit from microwave when finished brewing.
8) Remove lid and check the level of espresso in the brewer cup. Standard brew is at least 2 oz. If you don't have this level brew, replace lid and microwave on high another 10 seconds. Wait 20-30 seconds for bubbling to stop.
1. Under cold running water, unscrew the bottom water cup. CAUTION: It is normal for some water to be left in the bottom water cup. Both the coffee basket and any water in the bottom water cup will be extremely hot! If you prefer, allow the unit to cool for at least 3 minutes before unscrewing it.
2) To brew additional espresso, rinse Funnel, coffee basket and filter, then repeat brewing steps 1-8 above.
3) Parts are top rack dishwasher-safe -- hand washing filter is recommended.