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What company made this stovetop espresso maker?

I'd like to get a replacement filter seal (red rubber ring) direct from the manufacturer of my stovetop espresso/steamer maker if possible. I don't know the manufacturer but, the bottom of the pot has ...
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Nespresso machine stuck in closed position with mangled capsule inside

Cant pull the lever up. No used pods. It happened when i tried to use a new pod and the used pod holder was full. We emptied it and put the slightly mased new capsule back in and closed the lid. It is ...
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Regular service intervals

I am an owner of a dual boiler E61 machine (lelit bianca) for 3 years and I often hear that one should get them to professional maintenance/service all 2-3 years for descaling (not backflush) and to ...
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Overview of common pipe dimension and threads used in espressomachines

Is there a good lookup table for universal espresso parts and common pipe dimensions? I have been servicing some entry level espresso machines and noticed a lot of similar components (Francis Francis ...
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How to minimize mess with an espresso maker

I purchased a Breville Bambino Plus recently. I was previously using a Nespresso. The primary motivations for the upgrade were microfoam milk and a wider variety of flavors (Nespresso pods all tasting ...
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How is Budan espresso machine?

I am a home brewer looking for a good manual espresso machine. I was quite inclined to a Breville one, but it exceeds my budget. That's when I came upon a Budan espresso machine. The design and build ...
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Can you help me troubleshoot a DeLonghi BAR32?

The problem is when I put coffee grounds in, it drips very slowly, it used to come out as a stream. water comes out with the coffee holder off water comes out with the coffee holder on with no coffee ...
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Does tamping well compensate for too high pressure?

I'm new to making espresso. I bought a Gaggia Classic machine for home use. It sometimes pours slowly, sometimes more quickly -- slower if I tamp the coffee well i.e. press hard. My theory is: Gaggia ...
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How to unclog a pressurized filter basket?

Our dual-wall filter basket for the Breville Barista Express appears to be clogged. The video here is long but shows pulling a shot of water through the single-wall basket (fine) and then the dual-...
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Gasket in Rancilio "Miss" Silvia completely dried up and difficult to remove; is my machine totalled?

I have a very old (probably 1990's) Rancilio "Miss" Salvia. It was given to me by my uncle and I never bothered to service it until now. I feel ashamed obviously. I put descaler through it ...
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Manual / inconvenient / minimalist method to make coffee (aim is to reduce consumption)

I have a fully automatic machine (bean to cup coffee, around 1600 $) and have problems with excessive coffee consumption. As a solution I have thought, it must be more difficult / less comfortable to ...
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No pressure in Delonghi ecp3420 coffee machine

I have an 8 months old Delonghi ecp3420 that one day decided to stop working properly. Instead of producing nice crema, the espresso comes out lukewarm and flavorless. Also, when running the machine ...
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Espresso dripping but yield & pour time is right

everything seems right with my Breville Barista Max+ machine… the dose is 9g, grind size 18 and the output is 30g in 30s (inc. 7s of pre-infusion) pressure seems ok etc for a single shot. Tamp at 30lb ...
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Grind size for moka vs. espresso machine

Should the grind size for moka pots be as fine as that for pump espresso machines? I've seen some say mokas need fine grind size; others say fine/medium.
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Espresso Not Coming Out While Pump Turned On

I just purchased a used Gaggia Espresso Color (not sure how long it's been used nor maintenance) and am running into an issue (doesn't happen every time) where when I turn on the pump to pull a shot ...
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Inconsistent flow rate of espresso with ESE pods

(Just to be clear, I am aware of millions of questions on the internet about consistently bad flow but my question is about a situation where, most of the time, with ESE, it works very well... And ALL ...
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Weird espresso leak Delonghi Perfecta ESAM5600SL

I got a used Delonghi Perfecta machine. It's the first espresso machine I have had so I still don't know much about them, I got it a week ago and it was working fine until this morning when it started ...
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Is 15 bar necessary for espresso?

I think I read that in order to get a good espresso the espresso machine has to be able to (I may be wrong): provide constant 9 bar pressure must be able to provide water at constant high temperature....
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Is it bad to leave the lever in preinfusion mode for a long time?

We have a Rocket Espresso Milano at the office. Recently, I have often found the machine with the lever in the middle position (preinfusion). I guess some people don't turn it all the way down after ...
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What can cause water to come out of the portafilter sprouts?

I recently bought a Gaggia Classic and have noticed that what happens sometimes is I'm getting very weak coffee. Specifically, if I'm doing a double-shot, the first 20-30ml that comes out appears to ...
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Why do espresso grains have to be finely ground and French press grains coursely ground?

Why do espresso grains have to be finely ground? (I've seen some moka pot instructions say medium is good, too.) I thought espresso machines extracted the most out of the grains, so it would seem they ...
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Issues with grinding my own beans

I currently use a Delinghi Espresso machine and have always bought ready ground coffee because the cost of a decent grinder is quite high. However for Christmas this year, quite a few people bought me ...
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Water runs from portafilter when backflush

I want to backflush my espresso machine but water still comes out just like I am using a normal filter and not the blind one. What can be the problem?
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What type of coffee maker is this?

I got a stove top coffee maker, from my grandfather (not antique, he bought it recently). I am not sure what type it is. I claims to be a percolator, but functions more like a moka pot. They have ...
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Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine Dialing

I recently got Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine. I am using fresh coffee beans. For some reason, I am not getting into the espresso range. Here is my setup: Grinding level 5 17 to ...
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Should I flush the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II before pulling a shot?

I just got my first espresso machine, a Nuova Simonelli Oscar II. When watching other people use the machine (on YouTube), I see some flushing the machine for about 2 seconds before every shot. Some ...
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Least Expensive Way to Make Decent Espresso-based Milk Drinks?

I want to know the cheapest machines to make decent espresso for my situation. Needs: I need steam for milk drinks I need the proper brewing pressure I need to use fresh ground coffee, no pods ...
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Can you make good, evenly extracted espresso with a single basket?

I have a Lelit espresso machine which came, like nearly all other machines, with multiple baskets. I got a double (up to 20g), a small double (up to 18g) and a single (up to 9g) basket. The machine ...
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Anyone using La Pavoni EDL Eurobar Deluxe? Comments? Reviews?

Hello Dear Coffee Experts, I am in advance very grateful for any advise you can provide me. I am testing an espresso coffee machine from one of my colleagues who just upgraded his. He bought a Lelit ...
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Why do I get worse results with a non-pressurized filter basket?

I own a DeLonghi Dedica coffee machine for a year now and recently invested in a good burr grinder (Sage Dose Control Pro). I like drinking long coffees with milk and I’m satisfied with the coffee the ...
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freddo espresso pods vs espresso pods

I'd like to consider myself a newbie at...coffee...consumption and I wanted to buy an espresso machine for myself and right now I'm between, a nespresso machine and a dolce gusto machine and the only ...
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How can I lock my portafilter when there's too much resistance? [duplicate]

I just bought a Breville Bambino Plus, and when I tried to lock the portafilter in the group head it doesn't turn and lock. There seems to be too much resistance to the point that I think I might ...
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What is the range of ambient temperature I can keep my espresso machine at?

Background I have a Rocket R58 and I'm twondering if it would be safe to keep it in a low temperature place like a garage. Let's say that would be something like 12C. I've had a look around at both ...
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Frothing issues in coffee machines

I have an expresso machine of Morphy Richards, which I have been using for quite some time. The problem which I encounter is that the froth formed from its nozzle doesn’t stay for long, like it stays ...
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What's the rationale behind this placement of the pressure gauge?

I recently got an E61 single-boiler machine (ECM Classika PID) and am trying to understand how it all works. I haven't been able to deduce any reason for how/where the pressure gauge is connected. It'...
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Espresso machine stops working after making 2 cups

I've had the DeLonghi EC680 for about a year now. It is still working, but there is something wrong with it. It is able to make two cups of coffee in a row, but when I am trying to make the third one, ...
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what is a good semi-automatic espresso machine for home?

I used to own a coffee shop, and was a good barista for my shop and I really miss a nice cup of latte or mocha, would love to have a nice espresso machine at home that is semi-automatic with a steamer ...
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What measurement should I take to buy an atmospheric filter for my espresso machine?

I want to buy an atmospheric filter for my espresso machine, but I don't know what part of the filter I should measure. Should I be measuring the radius from the internal part of the border of the ...
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Piece that goes screwed in my steam wand

I bought a espresso machine for home. The machine I bought is a Ikohs Kaffeta. It has a screwable piece that goes in the tip of the steam wand that it is used to create foam (as the manual says). I ...
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How much leverage pressure is it needed to compress coffee for an espresso?

Some espresso machines come with a lever to compact the ground coffee before the espresso starts the brewing, other machines do the compacting part by themselves. How much leverage or pressure is it ...
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Dialling in with a Barista express

I recently got hold of a Sage (=Breville) Barista express, which has a built in grinder. I haven’t been getting great results with it so far. Also, there seems to be a kind of mismatch between the ...
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Is it hard to clean an Automated Expresso Machine?

I wonder about the expensive machines where you pour whole beans and water in the top and out of the bottom you get espresso, filtered coffee, or even a latte just by pushing a button. You would need ...
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NS Oscar II should I drain the boiler before storage?

I' have a Nuova Simonelli Oscar II machine for events. There is considerable time between those events and I was wondering if I should drain the boiler before storage. The usual storage time is about ...
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Conversion of Krups Nespresso Machine to Ground Coffee?

I have inherited a Krups Nespresso machine model F893. The machine has a detachable filter basket, where you sit the Nespresso capsule. Manual here (for reference): manual I am wondering if I can ...
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Is a Keurig K-Cafe "shot" really an espresso shot?

I've been trying a Keurig K-Cafe, which includes a "Shot" feature that slowly produces what looks like a shot of espresso from a regular ("coffee") K-cup. What is the machine doing to produce that, ...
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Should any coffee be extracted during pre-infusion?

I have a Breville Express, 870XL I think, (single broiler, built in grinder). Lately during pre-infusion, a lot of coffee has been coming through before the pressure ramps up, while it's still low and ...
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Can the Breville / Sage Oracle grind and brew simultaneously?

The Breville / Sage Oracle has a grinder, steam wand and espresso maker (not sure if there is a more technical term for the part where you click the portafilter into) in one machine. Online ...
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What kind of coffee machine can process powdered coffee?

I have a drink I like to make using powdered coffee, a coffee grind finer than espresso. but when I try to make it in an espresso machine, the powder expands, and only the first few drips come out. (...
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Is it possible to get hot chocolate using an espresso machine?

I was wondering if it's possible to brew hot chocolate using ground cocoa beans on the espresso machine as if it was coffee. Has anyone tried something like this? I've seen some people on the internet ...
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How to avoid channels when pouring espresso

I've been having issues with my espresso pouring too fast, and I think I'm getting channels (uneven pour, sometimes one side gets blonde then watery pretty quickly). I'm paying a lot of attention to ...
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