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Jul 14, 2013 03:11 PM

Bialetti Moka Pot No Longer Brews

I have had my Moka pot for several years, and have changed the gasket before. However this time, after I changed the gasket, it no longer brews. I get steam out of the top part instead of coffee.

I have tried boiling water to see if it was blocked. The water came through fine when there was no coffee. I also tried changing the filter. Still no dice.

All other factors are the same as before (kind of and grind of coffee). What has gone wrong and how do I correct it?

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  1. You might try ordering a new coffee basket too. If you are in the habit of tapping it on something to dislodge the coffee after brewing, the edge can get just bent enough that the coffee maker won't build enough pressure to drive the water through the coffee.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Cam14

      I'll try that. It looks like I can get one pretty cheaply from Amazon. Thanks!

      1. re: Cam14

        That was the problem! The coffee basket was slightly bent.

        1. re: amethiste

          Great, glad that worked for you!

        2. re: Cam14

          Thanks so much to the original poster and to the person who replied with the solution. My 6-cup Bialetti has gotten daily use for about 6 or 7 years now, but I've been pulling my hair out over exactly this same problem for weeks. One day it simply stopped brewing coffee, sometimes resulting in a 1/4 of a pot of very thick espresso at most, but when I would only use water, no coffee grounds, it would fill up perfectly. Obviously I made sure everything was as clean and clear as possible, including the basket, rubber gasket, and filter, and I replaced the rubber gasket and filter before reading this post. I'm now going to order a new basket, which seems to be the fix. Thanks so much for your posts!

          1. re: Cam14

            I'm having the same issue as the original poster. I've lost track of how old my pot is (several years), and I've changed the gasket before without issue. Suddenly it's stopped brewing after I changed the gasket this last time. Either nothing comes up or a half inch of muddy coffee comes up. I also replaced the filter and the basket (my old basket was definitely misshapen), but that didn't help. I made sure the safety valve is clear. Water runs through where it's supposed to, but coffee doesn't brew. Does anyone have any ideas on what might be wrong??

          2. Really check the holes. They get blocked. You have to take a toothpick and clear them. Not fun, but occasionally necessary.