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"COF. BEANS EMPTY" message

After 15 or so seconds of grinding the beans, the above error message shows on the display. There are sufficient beans in the hopper. The door leading from the grinder to the brew unit has not opened and the loose ground coffee is still behind it (in the area of the grinder). The elecro-magnet that opens the door is still fully operational. I am unable to determine exactly what causes this message to display and what component causes the electromagnet to open the door at the proper time (I think they might be one and the same)? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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  • tomtom25 Dec 12, 2007

    I can hear the grinder grinding the beans, but then it stops and sends the message "Coffee beans empty" (Grains vide). I emptied the coffee hopper, including all residual ground beans in the grinder, then tried again... I successfully ground up beans for one cup of coffee. However, the next time I tried, I got the same message "Coffee beans empty" and I could not make more coffee.

  • Caffeino May 21, 2008

    Saeco digital Italia is giving me the "grinder empty" message even though beans are in the hopper. I've cleaned out the the ground coffee chute several times but each time the chute fills with ground coffee and then the grinder times out with the "grinder empty" message. I've tried a coarser grind setting but the problem continues. Is there a way to test the doser to make sure the mechanism that allows ground coffee to enter the brew group is not somehow defective?

  • lessraggs Jul 14, 2008

    I have removed all the beans an grounds from the grinder and cleaned the brew unit completely but the problem continues.



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Here is a link for completely cleaning the grinder - this often fixes the problem:

Good luck!

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There are a micro switch in the machine after the grinder, that will give signal to the electric card when enough beans are in the hole. If this micro switch is broken then you get this message.

You have to replace this micro switch.

Posted on Jul 12, 2008


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