An easy to use home Espresso machine created by Saeco and rebranded for Starbucks. This machine is excellent for every day espresso drinkers and has an excellent build and product life.

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Why is my Barista getting VERY hot on the top and sides?

My Starbucks Barista has just started to get very VERY hot on the top and sides. Today it also seemed to be leaking down the outsides of the porta-filter.

Is this fixable?

I hope so because I would be sorry to see the end of this machine - it's been fantastic - and I'm afraid that I will be disappointed with whatever I replace it with.

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It sounds like you have a leak inside the machine, which would allow water/steam to escape and heat the casing more then normal. I would start by taking the top off and determining where the water is leaking from; there's little that can't be repaired on these machines so it's unlikely it will need to be replaced.

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It is definitely leaking more and more. The water no longer goes though the porta-filter in any decent quantity - it just pours out all around it.

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With that much water coming out it's probably the boiler gasket, which isn't a difficult repair. You just separate the two halves of the boiler, insert a new gasket and screw it back together. If it's leaking because one of the boiler bolts broke then I would suggest replacing all four at the same time.

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