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Hey guys,

 

I recently got a Barista Express during the Christmas Period and I've ran into an issue, water doesn't come out of the group head at a normal rate anymore. When I remove the portafilter and run water through it the water barely even grips through. This started happening yesterday. Today I decided to clean everything, I removed the shower screen thingy and cleaned everything with the hopes that this will make a difference, it didn't. Water runs through the hot water spout and steam arm completely normally but not through the group head. I haven't de-scaled and I haven't used one of those tablets that came with the machine. I was waiting on that "clean me" light to turn on even though I've been using it for a 1 Latte most days.

 

What do you suggest I do? I've read the manual and says I should de-scale with 50/50 White vinegar and Cold Water, I think this is what I'll do first.

 

Have any of you had this issue and do you have any advice on what to do?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Ryan

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Whoa back, this is a new machine? If so, then unless you've got water like dilute limestone it shouldn't need descaling yet. Best play dumb and call it in before fiddling and giving them a chance to refuse service under the guarantee.

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Definite a warranty type issue. Get onto Sage they do offer great support.

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Thought I'd update;

 

I got some de-scaling stuff directly from Sage (I called them and explained my issue), literally within 5 seconds water started gushing out of the group head when before it was virtually clogged. Super happy it was a quick fix and slightly annoyed that this happened in around 1 month seeing as I only make 1 latte a day. I knew the water in my area was "hard", I didn't realise it would have this effect so quickly though.

 

Going forward I'm only going to use bottled water and will de-scale regularly to hopefully avoid this happening again.

 

Thanks for all the advice guys,

 

Ryan

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Going forward I'm only going to use bottled water and will de-scale regularly to hopefully avoid this happening again.

 

I never thought of using bottled mineral water, figured it would be fairly hard too hence the name! Our tap water is very hard and we use a Brita filter, but our kettle still gets scaled up fairly quickly so it might be a better option.

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Definitely. Brita jugs don't really do a good job of removing the hardness, they only make the water taste a bit better. But you need to be careful *which* BMW you use - some bottled mineral water is harder than London tap water (as you say, "hence the name"). Avoid anything with a high TDS (also called Dry Residue at 180°). Recommended waters in order of preference would be Volvic, Waitrose Essential and Tesco Ashbeck - although the latter is said not to taste as nice for coffee as the first 2, it shouldn't cause scale. Give them a go and see which you prefer. There are a few very complicated threads on water on the forum, and what I've said above is literally skimming the surface so you don't go out and stock up on Evian or Buxton.

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contemplating a barista express purchase - Seattle coffee have a video showing a cutaway express thermocoil :

search what is a thermoblock for those interested ..... is this structure more prone to scale, reducing the flow

rate, compared to a regular boiler ?; for a regular boiler, like a kettle it would be a few mm directly on the element,

but the same on the inside of a thermocoil may have bigger consequence ?

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I've just had the same kind of problem except no water was coming through the group head, the steam wand and hot water outlet worked fine. I descaled on the 1st of every month without fail after the sage engineer came out to an earlier problem and advised as such.

I called sage again and an engineer came out, when it was stripped we found the coil that opens and closes the water valve had leaked and corroded on the group head side only (which is why the steam and hot water still operated). I have since sent the machine back for a full refund as I was worried it could go wrong again. It went wrong twice in 8 months !

 

it may be worth mentioning the coil to sage ?? Hope this helps ;)

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Do you know if this is the same on the Duo Temp.

 

Interestingly, there are far more failure reports on the Internet with the Barista Express machine and a lot less on the other machines.

 

I wonder why that is as I would have expected them to share many of the same parts.

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contemplating a barista express purchase - Seattle coffee have a video showing a cutaway express thermocoil :

search what is a thermoblock for those interested ..... is this structure more prone to scale, reducing the flow

rate, compared to a regular boiler ?; for a regular boiler, like a kettle it would be a few mm directly on the element,

but the same on the inside of a thermocoil may have bigger consequence ?

 

I think scale is a bigger problem where there is sitting water, like in a boiler or kettle. A pipe system being constantly flushed should be better. However if it was stored without being drained scale could quickly bung it up.

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