I have been using the Classic for a couple years now and still love it. However I'm running into a problem that won't go away.
When using my bottomless portafilter, espresso sprays out in a couple different spots while pulling the shot. I actually noticed this the very first time I used the bottomless nearly a year ago, but it wasn't much and I thought it was just the nature of the thing. But it's worse now.
Also, my spent grounds are still very watery. I just descaled-- twice in two weeks, in fact-- and took off the shower head and gasket as well.
I truly hope there is an easy fix here. Or at least some sort of fix. This machine is too good otherwise for this to be a permanent problem.
Have you replaced the gasket? Over time it can wear out. The bottomless portafilter causes the filter basket to sit low. The lower level of the lip can cause a looser seal than regular portafilter. Click on the link below to purchase a new gasket. You can also click on the second link for a video on installing the gasket.
http://www.wholelattelove.com/videos.cfm?playvidID=546 11-01-13 04:59PM
Hello again, Kathy..
I replaced the gasket about a year ago. They shouldn't be repalced that often, should they? I understand what you say about it sitting a little lower, but is that the only fix for it? 11-01-13 04:59PM
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