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Problems with the seal,
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Having read through the other customer reviews, we purchased our Bialetti just after Christmas. Initially, it was fantastic; made a far better cup of coffee than the local cafes and saving us a fortune! However, in the last couple of days, my husband and I have noticed that the taste of the coffee has changed. I recall reading a review in which they had a problem with the seal. I have taken a look at ours and it appears that the seal is coming away from the edge, so presumably this is the root cause of the decline in a good cup of coffee. I am so disappointed!! I am going to have to return my Bialetti and therefore will be without coffee until I resolve this problem. I went onto Bialetti's website and had no luck there; there does not appear to be a UK website. Help!! I can't live without a good cup of coffee. I can't go back to the cafetiere.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might resolve my crisis, before I pack it off back to Amazon?
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Initial post: 30 May 2010 20:37:26 BDT
G. Burn says:
Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker - I have had my coffee pot for just over one year now and the seal needed replacing. After replacing the seal the coffee no longer came through into the top of the pot. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem and is there a way to resolve it or do I have to buy a new coffee pot?
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2010 09:23:19 BDT
C. Wallen says:
I'm actually on here for the same reason: changed the seal this morning and coffee won't come through so was hoping someone would have already discussed the solution to this! Do let me know if you were able to resolve the problem. Thanks...
Posted on 23 Jan 2011 10:26:14 GMT
Tivadar Mach says:
I've used similar mokka espresso makers basically since I was born (more or less the only way people make coffee in half a dozen countries).
The rubber seal needs replacement every now and then - usually once every year or two, or if the mokka pot is burnt (i.e. left on the stove for a long period after the water from the bottom container has boiled away - it gradually burns the sealing, 2-3 incidents like that and You need a new one).
(In Italy and Eastern Europe, the requisite rubber seals are to be had for pennies ... I don't know about the UK -yet-.)
Mokka pots should *always* be used on low heat, it preserves the coffee maker, makes much better coffee, and decreases the chance of burning it out by forgetting it.
If after changing the seal the coffee won't come through, either the porous metal filter is blocked, You overstuffed the coffee holder, or You put in the wrong seal. The correct seal for any mokka pot only seals the sides, i.e. the coffee won't start pouring out where the two halves attach - if You replace the seal with the correct width, that's precisely what the new filter will do.
The coffee should only gently be compressed - if it's too tight, the coffee won't come through.
Similarly, check if the filter is clear of calcite deposites.
It is possible that with an old/bad seal an overstuffed compartment or a blocked filter will still produce coffee, by the coffee flowing *around* the sealing, rather than through the filter where it's supposed to.
Hope this helps.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2011 22:22:43 BDT
Riccardo Fiorilla says:
have you tried raplacing the seal?
Posted on 18 Aug 2012 08:35:02 BDT
If you put the seal on the wrong side of the filter plate it won't work. It's easily done and fooled me for a while. Put the filter plate into the top half of the Moka and then place the seal around it. The seal then seats against the bottom half of the device.
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