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I recently bought an Avanti Art Deco 10 cup espresso machine and am disappointed that I cannot make HOT coffee with it. What can you suggest?

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When the water boils in the bottom chamber the steam creates pressure and pushes the water through the grounds and into the top chamber. It's hard to imagine that the water going through the grounds is not close to boiling temperature unless you are using the coffee maker at high altitude where the temperature of boiling water would be lower.

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