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    Sunbeam EM7000 Pressure not working

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    Hi, did a search but couldn't find anything helpful.
    Recently got an EM7000 for Christmas. Was very excited to try it out, but I have not been able to make a decent coffee.
    Every time I try and pull a shot, there is no pressure and the water just runs straight through.
    I think it might be an issue with my grinder (Sunbeam EM0480) not grinding fine enough. I have it on the lowest setting possible but it still doesn't help.
    I've even tried pre-ground coffee from the supermarket and the same issue.
    I am tamping down as hard as I can with the grounds in the basket, and it's very tough to secure it in place.
    Really not sure where I am going wrong, or if it is the machine itself.
    Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by radXish View Post
    Hi, did a search but couldn't find anything helpful.
    Recently got an EM7000 for Christmas. Was very excited to try it out, but I have not been able to make a decent coffee.
    Every time I try and pull a shot, there is no pressure and the water just runs straight through.
    I think it might be an issue with my grinder (Sunbeam EM0480) not grinding fine enough. I have it on the lowest setting possible but it still doesn't help.
    I've even tried pre-ground coffee from the supermarket and the same issue.
    I am tamping down as hard as I can with the grounds in the basket, and it's very tough to secure it in place.
    Really not sure where I am going wrong, or if it is the machine itself.
    Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
    G'day radXish

    It is very likely that your grinder needs shimming. The kit used to be free from Sunbeam, no idea what the current status is. Basically all shimming does is alter the range the grinder operates in.

    If you can "beg, borrow or steal" a friend's grinder that makes espresso in their system it would help the diagnostics process. Alternatively, ask your local cafe for a handful of their normal grind and see what the result is (although ground coffee oxidises fairly quickly, the pour does not alter significantly).

    Note: standard supermarket ground coffee is a lot coarser than espresso grind, so if you try that it should also be a "gusher".

    I hope this helps.


    TampIt

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampIt View Post
    G'day radXish

    It is very likely that your grinder needs shimming. The kit used to be free from Sunbeam, no idea what the current status is. Basically all shimming does is alter the range the grinder operates in.

    If you can "beg, borrow or steal" a friend's grinder that makes espresso in their system it would help the diagnostics process. Alternatively, ask your local cafe for a handful of their normal grind and see what the result is (although ground coffee oxidises fairly quickly, the pour does not alter significantly).

    Note: standard supermarket ground coffee is a lot coarser than espresso grind, so if you try that it should also be a "gusher".

    I hope this helps.


    TampIt
    Hi TampIt,

    Appreciate the reply. Managed to find a shim kit on eBay for $2, so once that arrived I'll give that a try.
    Cheers!

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    Many many years ago when I got my first EM6900, I found that the "Illy" pre-ground coffee (comes in a can), was fine enough to register correctly on the Sunbeam. It may be worth a try.

    Also, make sure you are putting enough grind into the basket...there should be an equivalent thickness of a 5 cent piece between the grind and the top of the basket once you have finished tamping.



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