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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:14pm
Subject: Saeco Via Venezia almost took my hand off today.
 

So I was hunting a starter machine for my dad's friend on CL and it looked to be a steal: $80 for a recent revision SIN006! Panarello, but whatever. Anyway, brewed a decent shot and then went to test the steam wand by hitting the switch and waiting for the boiler to heat. During this, I decided to remove the PF and clean it out. The PF shot off the group with such force as to knock the drip tray out and sprayed coffee everywhere. In all my espresso  adventures, this was the most spectacular mess I've ever seen. Turns out the steam was building up through the group head but not out the wand. There was literally no pressure whatsoever out of the wand, but it just kept hissing through the group. I guessed it was a bad silicone valve.
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:21pm
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well that explains the price.  I am sure you can fix it.

 
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:29pm
Subject: Re: Saeco Via Venezia almost took my hand off today.
 

The steam wand might just be really clogged with old dried milk. Take a straightened paper clip and see how far it can travel up the wand.

 
I chew coffee beans with my teeth while gargling with 195 F water to enjoy coffee. What is this "coffee brewing" device you speak of?
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:35pm
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The guy was so flustered and embarrassed that he didn't want to sell it to me. I was going to offer him half and get the part, since I've changed one out before and the machine did make good espresso (as good as one can get with a pressurized PF, at least).
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Posted Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:36pm
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RE: Eric

Sh-t. *facepalm*
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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2012, 1:03am
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is that the answer?

 
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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2012, 1:06am
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Coffeenoobie Said:

is that the answer?

Posted November 22, 2012 link

It is, and I can't well bother the poor guy this weekend about it. Oh well, there are plenty of little used Saecos in the sea.
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Posted Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:19am
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1st Rule of trouble shooting: check the simple stuff first.

 
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