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Robs291
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 10:22am
Subject: Coffee grounds in Silvia water tank
 

I have a 1 year old Silvia V3 which I use 1-2 times a day for a double shot during the week, and about 3 times a day on the weekends. I mostly drink Americanos (water from the steam arm), espresso and an occasional cappuccino. I noticed recently that I am getting coffee grounds in my water tank, both before and after I descaled and backflushed. I always clean the grouphead after every shot with a brush and wipe the machine down. I also backflush every 2 months and descaled every 6 months. I have to My grinder is a Vario.

My shots are generally 22-30 seconds for a 2 oz shot.  I may get literally a grind or 2 after the first shot with a completely clean tank, then more after each shot. My tank lid is always closed so there are no stray grinds finding their way in there!

Anyone have any ideas, or is this normal? I appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

Rob
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 11:40am
Subject: Re: Coffee grounds in Silvia water tank
 

what kind of water filtration system do you use?  It's most likely tiny carbon particles from a filter, and not really coffee grounds.

 
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Robs291
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 11:52am
Subject: Re: Coffee grounds in Silvia water tank
 

emradguy Said:

what kind of water filtration system do you use?  It's most likely tiny carbon particles from a filter, and not really coffee grounds.

Posted November 22, 2013 link

Not exaxctly sure what kind of filter it is, but one of those under the sink filters with a "solid" cartridge. probably time to change it, now that you mention it. We also have a whole house water softener and I also recently descaled, so it isn't scale chinks coming in. I don't see any particles in the water when I fill up the tank, and the tank is clean. Could there somehow be a backup that is releasing grounds through one of the two water hoses?
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 11:53am
Subject: Re: Coffee grounds in Silvia water tank
 

I was thinking carbon particles as well... don't see anyway how grinds could be getting into the water tank
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 12:20pm
Subject: Re: Coffee grounds in Silvia water tank
 

I use fridge filtered water. It looks as clean as water can get, but eventually tiny carbon particles settle down into the tank. As Chris said, I see no way for grounds to get in there, and I can't think of anything else it could be. You just have to clean your reservoir regularly.

 
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 12:47pm
Subject: Re: Coffee grounds in Silvia water tank
 

Thanks for the replies. I have to admit, I am a daily visitor/stalker and have learned a ton from this site. I am really enjoying my new found espresso hobby, and wanted to say Thank you to you all for all of the information in these posts. It has been very helpful and informative, and much appreciated.

The first thing I will do is change the filter (I hope I have a spare handy). I am hoping it is that because I never had this issue until relatively recently, so maybe the water filter is overdue for a change.
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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2013, 9:10pm
Subject: Re: Coffee grounds in Silvia water tank
 

I have the same problem. Coffee grounds are getting in to my skull. I find that I think about coffee too much, and my only explanation is that there must be coffee grounds on my brain.  I keep my mind very tightly closed, and never snort anything that isn't white so they must be getting in through some nefarious plot.  
Sorry, I like the OP am either insane or kidding.  But I will stop.
If you don't put coffee grounds into a closed reservoir, there won't be coffee grounds in a closed reservoir.
If you weren't kidding, then don't be offended.  I was just furthering your story. But you should think.
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Posted Sat Nov 23, 2013, 1:00am
Subject: Re: Coffee grounds in Silvia water tank
 

Robs291 Said:

Thanks for the replies. I have to admit, I am a daily visitor/stalker and have learned a ton from this site. I am really enjoying my new found espresso hobby, and wanted to say Thank you to you all for all of the information in these posts. It has been very helpful and informative, and much appreciated.

The first thing I will do is change the filter (I hope I have a spare handy). I am hoping it is that because I never had this issue until relatively recently, so maybe the water filter is overdue for a change.

Posted November 22, 2013 link

I thought I had the same thing but it was actually particles from the black lid that would shave off and into the tank when pulling it off and putting it on.  I ended up wiping it down and sanding down a little bit of the plastic edge that would rub rough against the tank lip.
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Robs291
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2013, 4:48pm
Subject: Re: Coffee grounds in Silvia water tank
 

pilot25 Said:

I thought I had the same thing but it was actually particles from the black lid that would shave off and into the tank when pulling it off and putting it on.  I ended up wiping it down and sanding down a little bit of the plastic edge that would rub rough against the tank lip.

Posted November 23, 2013 link

Thanks for the reply. I think it is the same problem that you described. When I put on the tank lid one way there is no resistance and no black specks, but it fits differently the other way and I see some stuff floating in the tank. I can't tell where it is rubbing off from, but I am glad I have an answer. Thanks!
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