Does your coffee taste off? Does it drip around your portafilter? These might be indications that it is time to put the Seattle Coffee Gear Tune-Up Kit to good use. Depending on how often you use your machine will inform your maintenance schedule. Typical daily users require maintenance at 3 or 6 month intervals. More occasional users may find that annual maintenance is sufficient.
A stitch in time saves nine, and a careful cleaning of your Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine will save you from having to buy a new machine! Easy to follow instructions from your buddies at Seattle Coffee Gear with needed parts included:
Brew head screen
Brew head screw
Brew head gasket
Boiler ball valve and valve spring
(1) - 1 ounce packet of Dezcal
Unsure whether you are up to the task of this Do-It-Yourself maintenance? Take a sneak peek at the instructions before you decide.
Best Answer:When I removed the bushing, I think I used a large thick metal washer, then held it in place with pliers while turning it. A hardware store like Home Depot should have a big enough selection of washers. You might want to buy ones in multiple sizes and thicknesses so you won't have to make a trip back to the store. Good luck!
Best Answer:Good question as the slotted screw driver would have to be 1/2" across. I found one but it was about 14" long and more expensive than the repair kit. So i bought a cheap iron chisel, put it in a vice an bent it into a right angle and filled down the sharp edge to a flat one. $3 and 15 minutes later you have your tool!
I can't get the screw out of the bushing on my aroma, the whole thing comes out, when I loosen the screw. I might be able to get it out in a vise with two pieces of wood to protect the threads on the bushing. I couldn't find the bushing on your site?
A shopper on Dec 21, 2015
Best Answer:I'm no ace repair person, the professionals didn't want to repair my old Saeco. So, I used the booklet and came up with the part number for the bushing and found it elsewhere online. The brass bushing cost me $28.00 by itself and it turned out to be a little long. I had to use my drill to go through some of the sheet metal to accomodate my screw driver to remove the bushing. I ended up installing the bushing and it does work to make espresso for me in the morning, however, because the bushing is a little off in size, it occasioannly blasts a little water and steam through the opening. It is slightly obnoxious, but I can live with it. It doesn't make messes, I just have to dump the drip tray more often and make sure the water tank is full.
Hello. I had this same problem the first time I serviced my Aroma machine. Use only a #2 Phillips head screw at the screen. Press firmly and begin to turn. Don't worry if the the bushing comes along with the screw. Once you have everything out simply put a cloth around the exposed inward side of the bushing and hold it firmly with channel lock or a vice or large pliers. When you put everything back together, gently put the bushing in separately. You will notice that the face of the bushing has a slot for a wide bladed screw driver. Use that slot and snug it down pretty good, then the next time you take out the screw the bushing should stay in place. Hopes this helps.
If this is the same as my wifes machine I tried a nickle and vice grips which just bent the nickle. What worked was using a screwdriver (like a drift) and a hammer to break it loose. Has been fine since.
I have a Saeco Aroma, that I've used daily for several years (descaled every 3 months regularly). Now it's time to install the tune up kit. My question what: where are the tune up kit components made ? Are they the original OEM make in Italy or are these Chinese made replacements ?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2015
Best Answer:These are manufacturer parts and come directly from Saeco.
I have owned my Aroma for about 7 years and this is the first time I installed this helpful tune-up kit. Watched the video and installed the kit. Used a spoon instead of a nickel for the one step. Other than that, it was very easy. The Aroma is like new again! (Posted on 6/11/2015)
so easy, why pay someoneReview by kbaum
After 8 years of enjoying my Starbucks Barista I did the group head tune up. Video was very helpful, took no time at all. I'll do this once a year from now on. (Posted on 12/31/2014)
easy way to tune up machineReview by Kevin
Hi I bought a couple of these and installed them and they are kits put together by SCG for the convenience of the user. Everything seems to be authentic and the instructions are produced by SCG.
The only thing I'd say is the instructions say to use a nickel for the ball bushing and I think it didn't fit but a penny did.
Nothing mindblowing here but not much else to go wrong on these Saeco aroma machines other than descaling/maintaining group head gasket/shower screen.
I'd also suggest some cleaner should be included in kit to run through pressurized portafilter if you are using that. (Posted on 1/28/2013)
Saeco Aroma Tune-Up KitReview by Franco
I have a six year old Saeco Aroma which I use daily. For the last few months, my coffee has been rather bitter. Additionally, my machine wasn't producing the crema it once produced. I found this tune-up kit online and decided to give it a try. Per SCG's instructions, the kit was very easy to install. In addition to installing the kit, I decided to take apart and thoroughly clean my portafilter. I also removed the top panel of the machine and used a small pipe cleaner to clean the tubes that supply water to the boiler and steam wand. Lastly, I descaled the machine. I must say, my Aroma is now working like new. My shots since performing the tune-up have been thick, creamy, and flavorful, and I am no longer considering purchasing a new machine. I highly recommend this product. (Posted on 1/1/2013)
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