Gaggia Cadorna Barista Plus: Continuous Empty Grounds Error

Learn what to do when you get an “empty grounds drawer” or “empty drip tray” message on your Gaggia Cadorna Barista Plus that will not go away.

Continuous Empty Grounds Error

If the “empty grounds drawer” or “empty drip tray” message will not clear on your Gaggia Cadorna Barista Plus, then one of the drip tray sensors may be malfunctioning. This can happen if the spout on the front of the machine is improperly positioned, causing brewed coffee to spray inside the door where several electronic sensors are located. If these sensors get wet, they can temporarily short out, or they may be permanently damaged and require repair. Follow the steps below to resolve the issue:

  • Make sure that you are emptying the grounds drawer/drip tray while the machine is turned on and out of standby.
    • Once emptied, wait 15 seconds or so before reinserting. The machine will not reset the counters for these sensors unless it is powered on.
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