Troubleshooting Problems; Before Brewing: The Elements Of A Great Espresso; Fresh Coffee Beans; Great Tasting Water - KitchenAid 5KES2102 Instructions Manual

Hide thumbs


Table of Contents
carE aND clEaNINg
9. Remove the water tank and rinse with fresh water, then
replace and fill with fresh water to the max fill line. Press
the " " button to turn the Espresso Machine on, and flush
the Espresso Machine by quickly dispensing the contents
of the tank, alternating between the brew head and frothing
arm. Do not allow the water tank to run completely dry.

troublEShootINg ProblEmS

If the power-on (I) indicator remains off and the
boilers fail to heat when the " " button is pressed:
Check to see if the Espresso Machine is plugged in; if it is,
unplug the Espresso Machine, plug it back in, and press the
" " button again. If the Espresso Machine still does not
operate, check the fuse or circuit breaker on the electrical
circuit the Espresso Machine is connected to and make
certain the circuit is closed.
If coffee does not flow from the filter holder, the...
– water tank may be empty, or the brewing boiler may
not be filled
– water tank siphon hoses may be kinked or improperly placed
– shower screen may require cleaning
– Espresso Machine may need to be descaled
– coffee may be too finely ground
– coffee may be too firmly tamped
If the water pump is noisy, the...
– water tank may be empty
– water tank siphon hoses may be kinked or improperly placed
– boilers may not be filled

bEForE brEwINg: thE ElEmENtS oF a grEat ESPrESSo

Before the Espresso Machine is even plugged in, you'll need
several elements to produce great coffee.

Fresh coffee beans

Great coffee can only come from fresh coffee beans, properly
roasted. Many baristas recommend buying beans roasted no
darker than a medium roast, the color of which appears as
an even chocolate brown. This roast preserves the natural
sugars and flavor of the bean, which sets the stage for excellent
espresso. A medium roast is the darkest a bean can be roasted
without oils developing on the surface. Darkly roasted beans –
which appear dark brown or nearly black – look great, but the
extra roasting overwhelms the more delicate coffee flavors and
caramelizes any sugars. A heavy "roasted" coffee flavor, often
bitter and sharp, will predominate with a dark roast.
To preserve the freshness of coffee beans:
Keep beans in an opaque, air-tight container and store them
in a cool, dry place. Refrigeration is not recommended, as
condensation tends to form on the beans whenever the
container is opened. Freezing can help preserve beans stored
for an extended period, but it will also impair flavor.
W10553375A_ENv7.indd 11
10. Attach the shower screen to the brew head. See the
"Cleaning the shower screen" section for instructions. Be
sure to add additional fresh water to the tank for brewing.
If water leaks from the filter holder...
– the filter holder may not be properly attached
to the brew head
– coffee grinds may be clinging to rim of filter holder
or brew head gasket
– the brew head gasket may be dirty or worn
If little steam or froth is being produced, the...
– frothing boiler may not be at operating temperature
– "
" dial may not be completely open
– frothing nozzle may be need to be cleaned
– water tank may be empty, or the frothing boiler
may not be filled
If the problem cannot be fixed with the steps above,
see the "Warranty and service" section.

great tasting water

An often overlooked element of great espresso is the brew
water. If you don't enjoy the flavor of your tap water, don't use
it to brew espresso – use bottled, purified water instead. Since
it doesn't take long for fresh water to acquire a "flat" quality
and taste, it's also a good idea to change the water in the tank
often and refill the boilers after a long period of non-use. Do
not use highly mineralized water or distilled water – they can
damage the Espresso Machine.
the right grind — and grinder
Espresso demands a very fine, very consistent grind. Blade
grinders and inexpensive burr grinders usually fall short when
it comes to producing the grinds needed for outstanding
espresso. The best espresso requires a quality burr grinder,
like the KitchenAid Burr Grinder. A good burr grinder will
maximize the flavor and aroma of espresso by producing an
extremely consistent grind with very little frictional heating.
5/30/13 9:11 AM


Table of Contents

  Also See for KitchenAid 5KES2102

Table of Contents