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Poor coffee after cleaning

Hi. I just cleaned my Saeco Classico last night, and today the espresso is terrible! There is almost no crema and the coffee tastes watered down. I"m worried I damaged something while cleaning it. The coffee takes about the same time to come out as it used to, it just tastes bad and has no crema.

I did two things that are unusual:

First I took apart the portafilter. There are three screws holding it together andI removed them to reveal a rather delicate mechanism with springs and a nozzle, etc. I tried to be careful to put this back as it was, but I'm worried I might have screwed it up somehow.

Second, when cleaning the screen I couldn't get some coffee out of the holes, so I carefully tried to scrape them out with a pin. I read later that you should not use sharp instruments, so I'm worried I might have enlarged one or more of the screen holes, possilbly affecting the pressure of the steam.

Anything else I might have done wrong?

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  • denverdash Nov 13, 2007

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Well, I used the pin pretty delicately. If there was a film, I doubt I scratched much of it. We've made several cups of espresso now and they are all the same. I didn't use any chemicals--just warm soap and water.

    Also why would that effect the crema? The visual quality of the shots is 100% different. It's like the difference between a shot of espresso and a cup of coffee.

  • denverdash Nov 13, 2007

    Any other thoughts?

  • denverdash Nov 13, 2007

    Any other thoughts?

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The portafilter on this model is pressurized, and you're not really supposed to take it apart. Considering that it's not just taste, but consistency that is wrong, I'd say it's almost certainly the portafilter that's the problem. Most likely it wasn't assembled properly, and isn't pressurized like it should be. I checked with Saeco support, and was told that even their techs have a hard time reassembling these properly - and they have the proper, specialized tools to do the job.

You're going to need to replace the pressurized portafilter.

And I have more good news - Saeco currently is out of stock on them. They have a purchase order out for more from their factory, however they said it could be up to a month before they have them in stock.

You can check their current stock here for black:

http://www.saecooutlet.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=181

or here for grey:

http://www.saecooutlet.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=180

You can also contact them at 1-800-933-7876 and ask if they have an updated ETA for when more will be in. Or email them at [email protected]

The pressurized portafilter is $50.99 currently.

-Dyllan

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Is it the first time you do cleaning? It is possible you screwed it inappropriate please contact the repair shop because there are really having an experties to do that job.


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Philip

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If the screen had a film covering to keep it from rusting and you scatched the film off thats what your tasting....dont swallow it.
if you used and cemicals to clean it that arnt recommended your probably going to have to replace it.

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    Most likely there was something damaged durring the last cleaning. My advice it to have hands on professional repairs.

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