When I found out that some customers were having difficulty with their Gaggia for illy machines I knew I had to do something about it. People who drink coffee brewed with iperEspresso capsules expect it to be a quick and hassle free experience. That's exactly how it should be. In this blog I'd like to address the issue some customers have had with priming their machines before brewing.
The Gaggia For illy Plus Single Serve Espresso Machine is similar to other coffee machines that use capsules, cartridges, k-cups or E.S.E. pods in that it can't brew without first priming its water system. This simply means that it needs to take a bit of water from the reservoir before it can brew. You will know that the machine needs to be primed if the hot water and brew button lamps on top of the machine are flashing.
Priming The Machine
- Fill the water reservoir located on the left side of the machine with fresh clean water and replace it. Be sure to push firmly from the bottom of the reservoir to make sure it's inserted all the way. If you push from the top, there is a good chance that it will not be inserted properly.
- On the top of the machine, the espresso and steam button lamps should both be blinking. ready to steam
- Place a cup underneath the hot water wand and turn the dial on top of the machine to the steam position. Be sure to turn the dial until it clicks.
- The machine will begin siphoning water from the reservoir into the boiler and through the wand.
- Once enough water has been siphoned, the steam button lamp will shut off and the espresso button lamp will stop blinking.
- Return the dial to the off position.
- Your machine is now primed and ready to brew.
Turning On The Steam
- Press and hold the steam button for a few seconds and release it, it should start blinking.
- Once the buttons' lamp stops blinking, the machine is ready to steam.
- To begin steaming, turn the dial to the steam position until it click
Please note that before steaming, the machine will purge the remaining water in the boiler through the wand so it is important to purge into the drip tray or an empty cup before steaming so that the water does not go into your milk.
Brewing after Steaming
- When you are done steaming, return the dial to the off position and press and hold the steam button for a few seconds. When you release it, the steam button and espresso button lamps should both be blinking.
- Turn the dial back to the steam position until it clicks, the machine will siphon water from the reservoir to prime itself again.
- Once the steam button lamp turns off and the espresso button lamp stops blinking, return the dial to the off position.
If the steam or espresso button lamps are ever blinking on your machine, it is important that you either turn it off or prime it. While the button lamps flash, the machine's boiler is heating up and if left unattended, it can easily blow a fuse if allowed to do so for too long. Also, to ensure that the water you are using is fresh, whenever you are finished using the machine, remove and empty the water reservoir and purge the remaining water in the boiler through the steam wand.
By following these steps, you can keep your Gaggia for illy machine brewing without a hitch.