Gayka Senior Member Joined: 25 Nov 2013 Posts: 2 Expertise: Just starting
Posted Mon Nov 25, 2013, 8:07am Subject: Black sediment comes with water, NEW espresso maker
I need your help as I hope you know much more better about espresso makers than me. I'm new in here! We got new espresso machine few days ago. Before using it, decided to try just water(not coffee) just to clean before first use. However, we found out black sediment comes with water. And we did this procedure many times, black sediment doesn't stop to come with water. Tried to use filtered water(Brita) and tap water as well, It's the same:( 1) Should it be like this? (I guess, it's not normal) or 2) Is it possible that it's broken?
Looking forward to get any advice!! Thank you in advance!! Gayka
SStones Senior Member Joined: 24 Nov 2012 Posts: 518 Location: Canada Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket... Grinder: Anfim Milano-Best Vac Pot: No :( Drip: Some $30 thing from Walmart Roaster: I buy pre-roasted.
Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 5:09am Subject: Re: Black sediment comes with water, NEW espresso maker
Does it have a little paper-package type of charcoal filter at the bottom of the water-tank? Or, perhaps, a plastic filter/softener type of filter on the end of the intake hose (In your water reservoir)? Any filter with activated charcoal (To remove chlorine from tap water) will put a bit of greyish tint and a few black flakes into the water. It's normal and it won't hurt you. It's just carbon. It's what you're made of. Are the flakes big enough for you to pick up on a finger tip and pinch? If they're very soft and smear into a grey nothingness, it's just carbon.
If your machine does not have one of these filters in it, it is still possible that the machine was tested at the factory with filtered water. If the flakes are hard and don't crush down to nothin when pinched, then they're something else.
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