Grounds in my Coffee - Autodrip

by Christine

Coffee grounds overflowing from a drip brewer.

Coffee grounds overflowing from a drip brewer.


Why recently have there been grounds in my coffee, my coffee maker had been working fine and now I get coffee grounds all over the top (where the water comes out) and in my pot/cup?

I've cleaned it, and it still happens every day. Same amount of coffee.


My guess is that the water level in the filter basket is overflowing a little. Maybe your coffee is ground too fine, or perhaps the water is coming through a little too fast. Either way, if the water level rises above the top of the filter paper, you’ll get a few grinds in your cup, and some sticking to where the water comes out.

Tough to be sure without seeing the brewer. Have you changed the grind of your coffee recently? Or it may be that there is a problem with the flow of water where it comes out and sprays onto the grinds in the filter.

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Sep 30, 2015
Coffee overflow solution
by: Anonymous

Hello, I’ve had the same problem, what a mess. There is a solution to contain the coffee overflowing that makes a mess everywhere. This product will not fix your coffee maker, however it will contain the mess. It is manufactured by Justin Case Deck and is available at and for sale on Amazon. Search Amazon for: Coffee Pot Overflow Station Stand. Also search Amazon for Justin Case Deck. Again this product will not fix your coffee maker, however it will contain the mess. It works great for me. Hope this helps, best of wishes.

Sep 20, 2015
Wet the filter
by: Skinney001

I have this problem every time my husband makes coffee. I have a cone shaped filter as well but this works on round ones too. Just wet the bottom of the filter before you put it in the basket. This breaks the surface tension of the filter so the water can go through as soon as it touches the filter. Hope this helps.

Aug 04, 2015
Chewing less coffee
by: Anonymous

It may seem a little low tech but I put a partially opened large paperclip in the bottom of the basket to lift the filter a bit away from the retractable stopper. The flow of the coffee seems to now be able to keep up with the production. Just an aside though, I am using the standard basket filter with a cone shaped receptacle (not sure if that matters or not).

Jul 27, 2015
It is better than dipping tobbaco
by: Chewing my coffee

I too have had many problems with grounds in my coffee. I thought it might have been the cheap filters that I was using, but then again paper is paper. I was using an espresso ground coffee and it is very fine. I will try changing that.

Oct 21, 2014
Grounds in your coffee
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem and the reason is the basket that you put the grounds in is not being pushed down enough to open the spring in the basket and then the water overflows in the basket causing grounds to overflow I am looking for a different kind of coffee pot now.

May 11, 2011
coffee grounds in my coffee
by: Anonymous

Some people suggested taller coffee filters to prevent grings from getting into the pot. Who makes a taller filter? I have this problem every time. It is terrible!!!!

Nov 15, 2010
crunchy coffee
by: pissed

I am having the same problem for a couple of months now. I believe the coffee is ground finer or the filters are not as poress .something has changed for sure.

Aug 29, 2010
worked for me!
by: Anonymous

I had this problem and tried 3 different coffee makers, used bottled water instead of water from the tap, changed coffee, and nothing solved it. UNTIL, I tried keeping my coffee in the freezer. Voila!, problem solved. I was using Dunkin Donuts coffee and, it seems that sometimes it just foams up too much and causes the overflow. I don't know why freezing the grounds works, but it does and, to me, it did not diminish the flavor, at all.

Oct 08, 2009
all things considered
by: pistachio

maybe you need a taller filter cone,,

or it sounds that your getting splashback and overflow,,

sometimes for me the grounds end up pluggin up the outlet where the coffee goes to the carafe,, then,, when you take the carafe out it won't stop dripping through and then a mess.....

maybe a higher end coffee machine, bty, cuisinarts look good but are terrible

or,, simple,, get a perc pot


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