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    Poor flow from Sunbeam Cafe Crema machine

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all, my first post :-)

    My Cafe Crema machine has been doing stirling work, but now shes a bit sick. The flow seems very slow, I get continuous drips instead of a steady flow.

    Of course this all makes for rubbish coffee. Ive been throwing it straight down the sink *:(

    Ive done a couple of descale procedures, as per the manual. I dont have any proper descale solution, I used vinegar (again, as suggested by the manual). Didnt seem to help.

    One other thing I note is that if I put the porta-filter in place and run some water through, after I switch the flow off quite a lot of steam/water comes out the bottom (into the drip try). Like it was partially blocked I guess?

    Any ideas? Is some more heavy-duty descaler likely to help?

    Cheers all!

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    Re: Poor flow from Sunbeam Cafe Crema machine

    Quote Originally Posted by 726774626F757E060 link=1253241285/0#0 date=1253241285
    One other thing I note is that if I put the porta-filter in place and run some water through, after I switch the flow off quite a lot of steam/water comes out the bottom (into the drip try). Like it was partially blocked I guess?
    Is this with coffee in the basket, or an empty basket?

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    Re: Poor flow from Sunbeam Cafe Crema machine

    Even with an empty basket to an extent, but much worse with a full one (big cloud of steam).

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    Re: Poor flow from Sunbeam Cafe Crema machine

    Hard to say. Could be a blockage, could be a pump problem.

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    Re: Poor flow from Sunbeam Cafe Crema machine

    Does it run ok without the group handle in place?

    If yes, it sounds you have a pressurised filter basket which is pretty much completely blocked with gunge...

    2mcm

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    Re: Poor flow from Sunbeam Cafe Crema machine

    Doesnt seem like it. Im not really sure how fast the flow should be direct from the head, but it seems pretty poor.

    However I also have a spare basket (the single shot one - who uses that???) and it exhibits the same behaviour :-(

    Is it useful if I take a video?

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    Re: Poor flow from Sunbeam Cafe Crema machine

    I did a video :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_8rkIlVRbc

    Please let me know what you think.....

    Ill be ringing the warranty line soon. It was a christmas present last year so a little time left :-)

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    Re: Poor flow from Sunbeam Cafe Crema machine

    Quote Originally Posted by 54415244495358200 link=1253241285/6#6 date=1257763735
    I did a video :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_8rkIlVRbc

    Please let me know what you think.....

    Ill be ringing the warranty line soon. It was a christmas present last year so a little time left :-)
    First thought is scale and crap buildup in any number of the lines and pump..

    Forget the vinegar... May work if ya did it every 10day or two weeks... Trying it after a few months is like shutting the gate after the horses have bolted...

    Buy using a true cleaner and letting it soak and running a few times you may get it working..

    As to warranty...... Some would say go for it... I am a little more harsh and if you have not followed a strict maintenance program.. Then regardless of a SB or any other machine... You may have well suffered the same problem..

    PS... What is the steam like ?



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