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Posted Wed Jan 9, 2013, 1:04pm
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I have a Bialetti moka pot which has worked beautifully for me in the past, but for the past few months I haven't used it, until today. I dug it out, rinsed it in hot water and made sure nothing was clogged and all was clean. But for some reason, it just would not brew properly. I tried it four times already today, making sure it was tight, nothing was clogged, coarser grind, water below the valve, rubber gasket tightly in place and clean, less coffee, and different temperature. Every single time black, muddy, flat coffee would come out, and very little at that. I could hear the water boiling in the chamber but practically no coffee would come out.

At the 3rd attempt I got about half of the water to come up and brew (I did a very coarse grind and less coffee). Then, just to test I came back later and tried running it with just water - no coffee grounds. Absolutely no water would come up, even though it was definitely boiling. I'm completely confused...what's up with that? Do I need to replace something? Am I doing something completely wrong? Time for a new pot? Any help would be greatly appreciated! I can also post photos later of any of the parts if you so desire. Just let me know.
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