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Review and Teardown of the Merol ME-712 Coffee Machine – Part 1

The Merol ME-712 the best automatic coffee machine under $1500.00 in Australia or your money back! Introduction When I first unboxed this machine, I was a little disappointed. The plastic shell did not look very robust and it slightly lacked the style of the European machines. But as I will explain, don’t judge a book
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Breville coffee machine

How to change a Breville BES870 Leaking Group Seal

Breville make a range of nice little semi automatic machines coffee machines, the BES870 is a good example. It has a built in conical burr grinder, making it easy to prepare a good quality coffee. The unit in question came in to the workshop because it was leaking around the portafilter during coffee extraction. I
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No milk flow on a Delonghi Coffee Machine

It is very frustrating when your Delonghi coffee machine just will not suck milk and just spits instead of a steady flow. Small domestic coffee machines use the Venturi Effect to suck milk and mix it with air to create froth. This requires a good steady flow of steam. So your first action is to
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Were coffee Machine

Preventative Maintenance for Cafe Coffee Machines

If you operate a busy Cafe you know how important your coffee machine and grinder are to your business. Without them functioning you may as well shut the door. And I have attended callouts to coffee shops where they have had to shut the door on a busy weekends trade. The damage from this outcome
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Delonghi with stuck infuser

Help My Delonghi Infuser is stuck, I mean really stuck!

Sometimes the Delonghi infuser or brew unit can become stuck in the incorrect position and can not be removed. It should home itself and there are various reasons why it may not, none of which I am getting into here. This is just about how to get it out when all else has failed. All
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Delonghi element testing

How to test the fuses and elements in your Delonghi Coffee Machine

I often get customers calling me telling me they require a replacement thermoblock or flash boiler. I ask them, Did you test the fuses and element, often they have not. To avoid ordering and paying for the incorrect part, I will quickly go over the procedure for testing the fuses and elements in your machine.
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Delonghi Perfecta Service Case Study – Triacs and Boiler Issues

SERVICEMAN’S LOG – A Case Study – Delonghi Perfecta Plus ESAM 5450 – A Warning for DIY Thermoblock Fixes The hard ones are the most satisfying so long as you win in the end and doesn’t end in flames like this job almost did. I recently had a customer send me in a Delonghi Perfecta
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generic alarm delonghi

What does GENERAL ALARM or GENERIC ALARM mean on my Delonghi Coffee Machine?

So you are in a panic, you have stumbled out of bed and like every morning your first action is to make a coffee. Shit! today the machine is saying “GENERIC ALARM” or on some models it will say “GENERAL ALARM”. Ok before you switch to tea or instant coffee maybe we can resolve this
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diy delonghi ifuser repair

How to service a Delonghi Coffee Machine Infuser

The Infuser or Brew Unit is the device in your machine that tampers the coffee grinds and holds them while hot water is forced through at high pressure. Once the shot has poured the brew unit ejects a well formed puck. Well at least it should. The brew unit is a part of the coffee
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limescale in coffee machine boiler

The how and why of descaling your coffee machine

If I had a dollar for every coffee machine boiler or valve I have scraped copious amounts of lime scale out of, I wouldn’t need to be writing this post. Scale is in your water, it gives your coffee a little more taste. But it builds up on surfaces, elements and valves and blocks them,
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