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Sunbeam Cafe Series EM6900 Yesterday I think I ground the beans a bit fine, the machine pressured up but not into the red on the guage. The coffee was trickling then water started coming from around the group head. Took out the goup head seal and found it was split. Rang local repair agent who said he had one in stock but couldn't do the job B4 the weekend. As I have a whole lot of guests for the weekend I elected to replace this seal myself. So far I have had three goes at it and the result is always the same. Group head fitted with filter cup in place, no problem. As soon as coffee is added to the filter cup I get water pouring down the sides of the group head and diluting the coffee. What am I doing wrong? There appears to be only one way to install the seal and filter plates.

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  • lindsay_sand Feb 11, 2011

    You do not appear to have got the picture. Plain water flowed very well from the double spout with the filter basket in place it was only once I added the coffee that clean hot water flowed down the sides of from the top of the group-head. I have pulled all the bits out of the group-head as you instructed, cleaned and reassembled it. It was relatively clean and undamaged

  • lindsay_sand Feb 11, 2011

    Look I tried bought ground coffee as well as my own grind. I have tried a smaller amount of ground coffee all with the same result. The machine has cooled and there is no coffee residue between the filter basket and the group-head or on the outside of the group-head.
    Since our last communication I finally managed to get hold of a friend who I remembered had a similar problem with his coffee maker. He said it was possibly the neoprene gasket between the the seal and the main body above the group head assembly. I cant do anything about it now so I am stymied till after the weekend. So thanks for your efforts but the time is now 1620hrs in N.Z. and I am running out of time to devote to this cause.



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Remove the black plastic thing from the filter basket.Check if that is cracked or broken.If its broken replace it,other wise remove it and clean it internally also clean the head gasket.:---It is held in by a little retaining clip. To get it out without damaging. Remove the spout (use a screwdriver wrapped with masking tape so you don't damage the spout...then use the screwdriver to leverage off the spout). Once you have the double or single spout off...get in there with a screw driver and pop it out! See fig below:-- Sunbeam Cafe Series EM6900 Yesterday - helpmech_72.jpg its purpose is to insulate the pouring espresso from the portafilter, keeping it hotter. -------------

Remove the retaining clip for the basket with the tine of a table fork - easy!
- Remove the spout - you can use a screwdriver to loosen the double spout.
- A techscrew driver bit will be useful,It just needs to be something hard and cylindrical you can hit with a hammer to knock the plastic liner out. A bolt with an appropriate diameter would work fine.
- Placed the group head upside down on the carpet (to avoid scratching it on a hard surface) and give the driver bit a tap with a hammer whilst holding it against the bottom of the plastic liner.. It pops out with the tiniest of taps (and undamaged )

This is how dirty it gets/.Remove this and clean it and also check if its damaged:--See fig below:--



Try this cleaning and checking.This will help.Thanks.Keep updated.Helpmech.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011

  • raj somaiya Feb 11, 2011

    Ok,you mean to say that simple hot waster flows and comes out properly,with out any problem.But when coffee beans/ground added, at that time the water flows from top side of the group head.In most cases this problem is due to seal.Recheck if the seal is connected properly.I agree you have got the seal replaced and you have fitted it properly,but still once again inspect the seal.Ok seal fitted properly,confirmed then check the coffee grounds,are they getting filled too much,if yes fill bit less then see.If they are filled properly,then check if they are bit thick ,that coffee grounds getting stuck in between and causing block in filter and this cause water to flow from its sides.Grind the coffee ground manually in a mixer then fill it up and see,if that is making any difference.----------------As soon as you see water coming from top of the group head,turn the coffee machine off from mains,unplug it then wait for machine to cool down and then see the coffee grounds,are they getting stuck-up and causing coffee to come from side instead of filter.----------Keep updated.This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.



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