Troubleshooting My coffee machine displays 'empty ground container' but it is already empty Is your Philips/Saeco coffee machine displaying 'empty coffee ground container'? But the coffee ground container is empty? You can easily fix this yourself. The coffee ground container is placed back too fast Wait approximately 5 seconds before placing back the coffee grounds container. This will reset the coffee grounds counter to zero. The machine was turned off Only empty the coffee grounds container when the Philips/Saeco coffee machine is turned on. This will enable the coffee grounds counter to reset.