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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Jul 26, 2019
One fixes the problem forever
by: Anonymous

Jun 22, 2019
Coffee filter collapse
by: Anonymous

I found the coffee bullet works great never make my coffee with out it no more filter collapse

Jun 17, 2019
Coffee filter collapse
by: Bella

Does anybody have there filter falls over and get grounds in your coffee?

Nov 07, 2018
Grounds in my coffee
by: Nancy in Little Rock

I tried the solution that Cadpiper recommended on Feb. 26, 2018. Wow!! It worked great. Problem solved!

Feb 26, 2018
No more grounds in coffee
by: Cadpiper

I have a brand new Mr. Coffee and it was overflowing the filter every time. I brew Seattle's Best #5 and it is rather finely ground. I finally came up with a solution. I put in my normal amount of coffee into the paper filter, then fold over 4 sides of the filter into a little package, so to speak, then set that upside down into another paper filter. It works perfectly! My guess is that this technique holds the grounds up off the bottom of the basket slightly, similar to some of the other suggestions I've read.
Happy brewing!

Feb 07, 2018
ugh, coffee grounds AGAIN!
by: Anonymous

after much research, i found my problem. the place we order our coffee from sent decaf by mistake. decaf is much finer and flows over the top of the filter. so............i mixed the decaf with the non decaf and voila! no more nasty grounds in my cup! 😊

Dec 14, 2017
Filter flop

My Mr. Coffee now and then wets the filter so the edge flops inwards, creating a trough that lets grounds flow into the brew. No way to tell - except be careful how you put the filter into the basket. (Don't re-pour into a fresh filter unless you want to wait around for much weaker coffee!)

Sep 10, 2017
Solved The Problem
by: Anonymous

Discovered the problem!!! Never had my grounds run over before. Discovered that thegrinch filters are now made shorter than the old basket filters by about 3/4 inch. Makes a big difference. I guess its to save money......

Mar 03, 2017
Filters are problem
by: Anonymous

We have had coffee grinds in our coffee . After investigation, the filter doesn't allow the coffee through. Tried pouring coffee through filter into a mug, some drained through,but finally it just stopped draining. Don't know what kind they were. Will try other kinds of filters.

Feb 15, 2017
It's The Drip
by: DrTiaJolie

My wife is a private chef who prides herself in precision everything, even drip coffee...bean selection, type of grind, water it. Mornings were not delightful with coffee mud mess due to filter overflow.

I read all of your thoughtful suggestions and here's our assessment. The short answer is that the center drip holes became fouled from a single overflow episode. That initial malfunction led to all the subsequent ones until we cleared the center drop holes. The drip pattern--which was previoisly placing most of the water on the sides causing the heavy, wet grounds to force the dry, powdery grounds upward into the already-compromised center holes--was restored to normal.

We are back to normal sipping coffee, painting mails and listening to birds instead of being ground controllers.

Jul 28, 2016
by: Anonymous

It is your filter size make sure u are using 10-12 cup filter n not $1 fillets they are smaller

Jul 16, 2016
Grounds over flowing
by: Anonymous

I tried putting 2large paper clips under the gold filter.
Solved the problem!!

Jun 08, 2016
water left in filter basket after brewing..
by: Anonymous

I solved the problem by replacing the basket with a new one... no more water in basket anymore!

Jun 06, 2016
My Solutin
by: Anonymous

Do not push the cone filter all the way down into the basket. It should stay a little bit above it. Worked for me.

Jan 16, 2016
Water in coffee basket
by: Anonymous

I still have water in the coffee basket after the coffee has been made. How do I fix this. I have a DeLonghi coffee maker...

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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