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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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The brew head leaks whenever the machine is on?

My machine worked fine and then was inactive for about a year. (Not exposed to extreme temperatures. The machine still works but the brew head leaks a lot of water.

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The valve spring probably just needs to be retensioned; give it a good stretch, make sure the silicone valve nipple and seat are clean and put everything back together.

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Check the o ring where the filter holder locks in is not missing or damaged. If its there take it out and clean the o-ring and the groove it sits in thoroughly. Also ensure there is no coffee residue on the top edge of the filter holder.

Too much coffee or too fine a grind can also cause this problem

This unit is likely the same as the Rio Vapore - HERE is the manual

Page 28 - troubleshooting may assist

These GUIDES may also be useful


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It does not seem to be the gasket. It looks like the water is coming out of the one way valve spring under the removable plate on the brew head. Shortly after turning it on, there is a steady drip out of that centre hole under the plate.


try running some descaling solution thru it. May just be a bit of scale etc is holding the valve open in the pump


If the leak you're referring to is coming out the portafilter outlet holes, then the issue is the pressure valve in the base of the portafilter. Over time, a lot of sludge will accumulate on those parts, preventing the valve from operating properly. The only solution is to disassemble the portafilter and do a thorough cleaning/descaling, and if that doesn't resolve the problem, replace the valve parts with a kit. Sometimes the plastic post breaks off that holds the tension spring in place. That requires installing a kit to fix that problem.


A leak from the machine has nothing to do with the portafilter, and I recommend against taking them apart unless absolutely necessary as there are several small springs that are easy to lose.


Agreed it is the silicone spring bit. Clean or replace. Can’t be portafilter if it does it without portafilter.


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