Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    1

    Aging Royal Digital - improve the grind?

    I've got a Saeco Royal Digital that's about 6 years old. I make about 2 shots a day with it, and I've never done any maintenance other than occasional descaling the machine and rinsing the brew group, tube, nozzles, etc.

    Lately, my pucks are getting looser, I'm seeing bits of coffee come through the nozzle, and it's often clogging with grounds, so I only get half a shot.

    I remember that when I first got it, I found a great post somewhere online explaining how to get a finder grind than the default "1" setting by adjusting a set screw. Should I do that again, and if so, how? Or should I get replacement burrs at this point, and if so, where? Anything else I should be doing? I've always done the pre-brew, set the grind at 1, and kept the dosing somewhere in the middle of the lever range (which is 6-9g, I believe). The o-ring on the brew group looks like it's in fine shape.

    Thanks for any tips.

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Lansale, PA
    Posts
    34

    Re: Aging Royal Digital - improve the grind?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Levitt
    I've got a Saeco Royal Digital that's about 6 years old. I make about 2 shots a day with it, and I've never done any maintenance other than occasional descaling the machine and rinsing the brew group, tube, nozzles, etc.

    Lately, my pucks are getting looser, I'm seeing bits of coffee come through the nozzle, and it's often clogging with grounds, so I only get half a shot.

    I remember that when I first got it, I found a great post somewhere online explaining how to get a finder grind than the default "1" setting by adjusting a set screw. Should I do that again, and if so, how? Or should I get replacement burrs at this point, and if so, where? Anything else I should be doing? I've always done the pre-brew, set the grind at 1, and kept the dosing somewhere in the middle of the lever range (which is 6-9g, I believe). The o-ring on the brew group looks like it's in fine shape.

    Thanks for any tips.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Levitt
    I've got a Saeco Royal Digital that's about 6 years old. I make about 2 shots a day with it, and I've never done any maintenance other than occasional descaling the machine and rinsing the brew group, tube, nozzles, etc.

    Lately, my pucks are getting looser, I'm seeing bits of coffee come through the nozzle, and it's often clogging with grounds, so I only get half a shot.

    I remember that when I first got it, I found a great post somewhere online explaining how to get a finder grind than the default "1" setting by adjusting a set screw. Should I do that again, and if so, how? Or should I get replacement burrs at this point, and if so, where? Anything else I should be doing? I've always done the pre-brew, set the grind at 1, and kept the dosing somewhere in the middle of the lever range (which is 6-9g, I believe). The o-ring on the brew group looks like it's in fine shape.

    Thanks for any tips.
    Here is what is happening in your Royal Digital:

    The grinder has never been cleaned.
    You must be using oily beans.
    The brew group has not been cleaned.

    It seems the grind setting has never been changed or adjusted.
    It also appears that the quantity of beans per shot of espresso has also never been adjusted.
    It is also possible that you may have accidentally or otherwise changed grind setting by a notch or two toward finer grind.

    The discarded puck is loose because the coffee in the compacting cup is not enough. This happens when grinding chamber is clogged with fine coffee and oil sticking around inside the grinding chamber. Reduced size of grinding chamber will reduce the coffee dose.
    If grind is adjusted to finer grind, it takes less space and leave some room in the compacting cup.
    The plastic screw that holds the filter screen has an O-ring that must be worn and allowing water to escape and empty into the dredge box.
    The pre-infusion valve under the espresso outlet nozzle must be clogged. You did not mention that it was cleaned ever.

    You will find exploded diagram and brew group cleaning instruction on the following link:
    http://www.partsguru.com/SaecoBrewGroup.html and http://www.partsguru.com/MaintenanceofE ... rew%20unit

    To adjust the extraction, the grind and coffee quantity, do not go bonkers, trying to jump more than a notch at a time. Too much coffee in the compacting cup will damage the brew drive gears.
    First clean the grinder. You will find illustrated cleaning instructions on the following link:
    http://www.partsguru.com/Page6.html.
    Second step will be to adjust the fineness of grind. It should not be finer than the size of table salt grain. Once this is adjusted, then go to the third setting – the quantity of coffee enough to fill the compacting cup.
    The adjustment lever is just below the pre-ground coffee feeding shoot. Open the door and you will see the lever. Move it one notch to the right to increase the quantity of coffee. Remember “Only one notch increase at a time. If you increase the coffee dose too much, the gears will strip. The gears are cheap but the labor cost can be expensive.

    You should try two espressos after each change in settings. Check if change in the setting made any difference. One setting by one notch at a time.

    Good luck.
    Passionate about Coffee and coffee makers. Enjoy sharing experience in repairs and improving knowledge about Specialty coffees.

 

 

Remove Ads

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Ventilation problem with Royal Saeco Royal Cappucino
    By hjfritz in forum Coffee and Espresso Machines
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-11-2006, 09:26 AM
  2. Improve
    By kylock in forum Coffee Industry Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-27-2006, 03:56 AM
  3. Saeco Royal Digital Plus?
    By phxflyboy in forum Coffee and Espresso Machines
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-18-2005, 09:55 PM
  4. Want to improve your roasting process?
    By RoastingGuy in forum Coffee Industry Forum
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-02-2005, 10:29 PM
  5. Caffeine may be anti-aging and anti-cancer agent.
    By tintinet in forum Caffeine Health
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-12-2004, 05:43 PM

Search tags for this page

cappuchinatore attachment for saeco royal
,
how to grind and dose coffee
,
old saeco royal digital clean forum
,
saeco royal digital
,

saeco royal digital plus grinder blocked

,
saeco royal grind setting
,

saeco royal grind settings

,
saeco royal grind size
,
saeco royal grinder adjustment
,

saeco royal grinder settings

Click on a term to search for related topics.