DesigningGenius Senior Member Joined: 13 Jan 2014 Posts: 5 Location: Columbus, OH Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 4:01pm Subject: Espresso Machine leaking around the portafilter.
I just recently decided to start making my own espresso at home so I got a machine (BELLA 13683). It's only 4 days old, as of Jan. 16 2014, and it leaks around the portafilter and makes a sucking sound when I brew the espresso. I wouldn't think that this would be normal, what could be the cause of this?
SStones Senior Member Joined: 24 Nov 2012 Posts: 511 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 Fri Jan 17, 2014, 4:20am Subject: Re: Espresso Machine leaking around the portafilter.
Does it leak with half as much ground coffee in the porta filter? Does it leak with no coffee in the portafilter? With the portafilter out, does it look like the gasket is sitting properly up in the head?
If you're sure you're doing everything correctly, then take it back to the store and have it replaced or get your money back. With any luck, they will choose to test it in front of you and either confirm the problem or show it to you.
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 8,042 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 5:41am Subject: Re: Espresso Machine leaking around the portafilter.
If this is what you have, Click Here (www.amazon.com) Then it is not really an espresso machine, it is what we call a steam toy, they do not generate enough pressure to properly pull a shot and the water is too hot. In short, they are a waste of money no matter how you look at it, take it back ASAP while you still can to get your money back and if your budget is that limited, wait for a used machine to show up and save your money until you do find one.
Espresso need not take a fortune to get into but it does take something, for a VERY basic grinder and machine, you are at $500 new. You MUST have a grinder that is able to grind for espresso, a whirly blade or other "inexpensive grinder" will not work. A hand cranked grinder will run around $100 and for one with a motor, they START at about $350. Then you need a machine that is pump powered and has a large enough boiler to actually do some work with some sort of temp control that at least gives you something to work with, start looking at the $350 range for a VERY basic machine.
To this, you MUST use fresh beans and by fresh, that is less than two weeks FROM THE DAY THEY WERE ROASTED, this will require either ordering on the internet or a local roaster but either way, you are looking at $12 for 12 OZ of beans as a starting point, if this is all starting to sound too expensive, perhaps you would be better off at the corner coffee shop. YMMV!
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