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Mokakup
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Posted Sat Nov 2, 2013, 8:24am
Subject: Bialetti moka stopped working. Is this possible?
 

I have a six cup Bialetti Moka stovetop espresso maker which I've had for a few years. It's worked great, however, in the last few weeks the coffee started coming out like mud. I don't really know why it's started to do this. I replaced the gasket about four months ago, and it was working fine up until recently. Does anyone have any ideas? Should I just get a new one? I thought these were supposed to last for years.
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Posted Sat Nov 2, 2013, 8:35am
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I once had the same issue with my moka pot.  Maybe the stem needs cleaning a bit, mine did.  Kind of clogged things up a bit.  Take off the screen and run a pipe cleaner through it and rinse well with water.  It may do the trick.

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Posted Sat Nov 2, 2013, 12:11pm
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Sounds like your stem and spout are badly clogged with coffee gunk and residue.
I have a Bialetti Brikka and have to clean the stem regularly.
Just pop off the gasket and filter plate and you can access the stem.
Hopefully that solves your problem.
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Posted Sat Nov 2, 2013, 12:21pm
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Also, are you using too fine a grind? That could also make it muddy.
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Posted Sat Nov 2, 2013, 9:02pm
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Thanks so much for your responses. I've been using the same grind for the past few years, but maybe it's just built up over the years. I'm going to clean out the stem and see how that goes.
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 7:22am
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Sometimes if an espresso is over extracted, the cream will be like mud of low density and short duration. If the grind is too fine and wet also, the powder tends to form a kind of mud that slows down the passage of water through the coffee.

To resolve the issue above is to clean it with a blind filter and back flushed. The filters and the filter carriers also may block which are in need of cleaning. It is very important that proper care and attention should be done to have a good espresso.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 7:56am
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CoffeeLoversMag Said:

Sometimes if an espresso is over extracted, the cream will be like mud of low density and short duration. If the grind is too fine and wet also, the powder tends to form a kind of mud that slows down the passage of water through the coffee.

To resolve the issue above is to clean it with a blind filter and back flushed. The filters and the filter carriers also may block which are in need of cleaning. It is very important that proper care and attention should be done to have a good espresso.

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Yeah, and boats float in the air south of the equator.

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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 9:13am
Subject: Re: Bialetti moka stopped working. Is this possible?
 

CoffeeLoversMag Said:

Sometimes if an espresso is over extracted, the cream will be like mud of low density and short duration. If the grind is too fine and wet also, the powder tends to form a kind of mud that slows down the passage of water through the coffee.

To resolve the issue above is to clean it with a blind filter and back flushed. The filters and the filter carriers also may block which are in need of cleaning. It is very important that proper care and attention should be done to have a good espresso.

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did you even read the OP's question?  He's talking about a moka pot, not an espresso machine!

 
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 9:39am
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Since when did the OP question count?

 
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Posted Mon Nov 4, 2013, 10:03am
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calblacksmith Said:

Since when did the OP question count?

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LMAO!

 
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