Bialetti Mokona Espresso Maching - coffee holder handle won't budge

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HI guys,

 

I just bought one of these 2nd hand but as-new:

 

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Anyone used one of these badass Italian machines before and know any tricks to get the coffee holder (it's on the end of the shiny handle front and centre) to click into place as shown above? I turned it maybe 80% of the way but now it's stuck.

 

The manual does say it'll require force the first time but this is ridiculous?

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Don't force it - get a bigger hammer.

 

JK. Have you tried beating on it lightly with some type of small hammer. Of course, put something in between to prevent scratching.

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6 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

Don't force it - get a bigger hammer.

 

JK. Have you tried beating on it lightly with some type of small hammer. Of course, put something in between to prevent scratching.

 

Wh... so when they say a bit of force they really mean it???

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Key word "lightly". If it you get it, then work it up and down a few times.

 

If not, send it back.

 

Cute machine, BTW.

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It is a super cute thing, and it's really the pink model :-)

 

OK, we wrestled that thing until it fit but the first cuppa it produced is just crappy watery thin coffee-flavoured bovril water... is this normal or should I ask for me money back?!

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Try some more. The first cup is probably meant to be thrown out due to manufacturing "debris".

 

You may need to add a little more coffee. If the fifth cup sucks - send it back.

 

Is the handle working easier now? What weight hammer did you use? :)

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I never saw this kind of coffee machine before! it's so cute :lol:
Sorry, but I don't understand anything about those "gadgets". Hope, it will be ok!

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It's not, actually.

 

Apparently my colleagues got one real cup of espresso out of it, last week while I was on vacation.

 

Other than that it just produces black, stinky water. I think this is because the pressure is too low but I have no idea how to fix that.

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