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Espresso Dispensing Concerns - Espresso Machine

Possible Solutions

Is Espresso flowing slowly or only drips?

  • Coffee is ground too finely. Use slightly coarser grind.
  • Coffee tamped too hard. Use a slightly lighter tamp between 30-40 lb or 15-20 kg of force.
  • The filter basket can be blocked. Use a pin to unblock the hole(s).
  • The machine might need to be descaled.

CLICK HERE for more information on Descaling the Espresso Machine.

Is Espresso flowing too quickly?

  • Coffee is ground too coarsely. Use slightly finer grind.
  • Not sufficient coffee in the filter basket. Increase dose of coffee. 
  • Coffee tamped too softly. Use a slightly firmer tamp between 30-40 lb or 15-20 kg of force.

CLICK HERE for more information on the basket selection chart.

Is Espresso flowing over the edge of the Portafilter?

  • The portafilter is not inserted in the Group Head properly. Ensure the Portafilter is completely inserted and rotated until the handle is aligned to the lock icon. 
  • There are coffee grounds around the rim of the filter basket. Swipe excess coffee to ensure a proper seal in the Group Head. 
  • Too much coffee in the filter basket. Use a lower dose of coffee.

CLICK HERE for more information on the basket selection chart.

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