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    Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Hi all,

    Ive managed to cut the pressure disk off a number of Breville Ikon baskets for people and am happy to do the same for anyone else. I gather that the same Ikon baskets are used in newer machines.

    This turns the pressurised basket into a plain basket and makes it possible to get excellent coffee from a base level machine.

    I also have a pre-done basket that Im willing to swap for any un-done basket if speed is of the essence. It only costs you the postage one-way.

    PM me for my address or to ask any questions.

    A search will show you pics of my work and feedback about the improvement in peoples extractions.

    Greg

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    Re: Breville (Ikon) Baskets modified/exchanged

    I am one of many people here got help from Greg.
    Absolutely improve my shot from unpressurised basket.
    Good guy, nice job...Two thumbs up

    You are the man Greg.

    Cheers,
    Charles

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    Re: Breville (Ikon) Baskets modified/exchanged

    Thank you kindly Charles--always glad to help a fellow [s]addict[/s] aficionado.

    Greg

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    Re: Breville (Ikon) Baskets modified/exchanged

    Hi Greg,

    still offering this service? My drill is (or I am...) too wobbly to cut the bottom out of my spare ::)

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    Re: Breville (Ikon) Baskets modified/exchanged

    Sure am!
    PMd.
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    Re: Breville (Ikon) Baskets modified/exchanged

    Hi all,

    Thanks to coffeemum--who provided some Sunbeam baskets for experimental purposes--I am now prepared to extend this offer to those as well.

    Baskets (those with pin-hole bottoms, and multi-hole inserts) de-bottomed or de-pressurised. The only cost is postage to me.

    PM for details.

    Thanks all.

    Greg

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    I got my baskets back from greg and they are great!*

    still trying to adjust my grind to get the extraction right (still way too quick) but im getting solid pucks for once in my life

    see the attached pic for a comparison of unmodified vs modified

    thanks heaps greg!*such a generous service *:)


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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    You are very welcome iggs, Im glad they got back safely.
    And thanks for the pics!

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Greg

    I have a sunbeam 5900 that i would like the baskets to be modified on if you are still providing this service. Sent a PM a while ago, but looks like you havent been online for a while, so may try the email way,,.,,,...

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Greg,

    I have a sunbeam em3600. I am keen to try out the unpressurised basket option. Are you still offering advise/ cutting assistance.

    Thanks

    Reidy

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Hi Greg,

    I just PMd you, hoping you can still supply this wonderful service! Ill also be checking out the seconds centre to see if they have one.

    Thanks heaps.

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    PM sent, Zenyatta.

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    really green here, i drink java coffee powders and go to macafe I had a laugh, but am slowly being enlightened to real coffee.

    so anyway do we need to do this to the baskets that come with the breville bes900?

    if so, could you do mine? prweety please :D

    so lets see if i got this right the pressurised baskets give u a fake crema while the unpressurised gives u real crema makes ur espressos taste heaps better.

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Hi tweetypie. the bes900 is aimed at the prosumer market. definitely unpressurised basket.

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Quote Originally Posted by 61737D6B77120 link=1281345941/13#13 date=1314972318
    Hi tweetypie.* the bes900 is aimed at the prosumer market.* definitely unpressurised basket.
    You actually get 4 baskets 2 pressurised and 2 un-pressurised

    it would seem the rubber cleaning/backflushing gasket only really works with pressurised baskets

    Seems to me would have been better to put in a proper blind filter in the box and leave out the pressurised ones

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    I stand corrected. I guess the BES900 really is targeting a much broader consumer market with the inclusion of 2 pressurised baskets together with 2 un-pressurised baskets.

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Hi Greg
    You are certainly a great man for offering this service to aspiring coffee lovers

    I do love a good coffee but after purchasing expencive but bad coffees from the local coffee truck i have re ignited my love for old trusty sunbeam

    I have had my em2300 for a few years now but have only really started to put some love into coffee making in the last few months

    I am in the process of upgrading my sunbeam blade grinder for a burr grinder and was thinking there must be a mod to get more extraction with a finer grind out of this machine

    Are you still offering your great service?

    I hope that one day I can pay it forward for others just like you have. Good man

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Yes, the service is still available.
    PM me for details.
    Greg

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Just a quick heads up with the mentions of a blind filter, if you put a blind filter in a sunbeam you will do massive damage to the internals as they are not built for a true blind filter, not sure about the other brands just sunbeams the 6900 & 6910 for sure, keep to the little rubber disc as this wont damage your machine

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Thanks alot Greg,

    The workmanship is great. The world is abit better with people like you offering help to improve the coffee. Thanks again.

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Hi Greg

    Ive been dicking around with my Breville 800ES for a couple of months now and came to the conclusion I need to cut the bottom layer off the portafilter and Ill be damned, theres a blog about it on here.

    If youre still doing this I would be eternally grateful. How do you do it by the way? You must have a sweet workshop!

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    I hope you mean cut the bottom off the basket--thats easy. Its a simple job with a Dremel Tool and some smoothing afterwards, and Im happy to keep offering the service.

    To make the portafilter bottomless is a much more intense operation! Ive done it by hand (hard), with a hole saw (better) but its best done with a lathe (not me--unfortunately).

    PM sent.

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Hi Greg,

    I have a Sunbeam EM4800C that I am currently trying to master. I would love it if you are still able to operate on both my single and double baskets.

    PM sent.

    Cheers,
    Kris

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Hi Greg,

    Same as shiftybugger. Em4800C baskets Id like to get modified.

    Thanks,


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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Greg you magnificent bastard! Truly a scholar and a gentleman.

    Got my baskets back after a week and tried them for the first time today. Only had to fine up the grind a couple of notches due to the drop in basket pressure and got beautiful shots and a true crema. Immediately tasted the difference in quality and the best coffees Ive had out of my little Breville 800ES.

    Heres a couple of pics of the baskets and my first coffee using the new baskets.

    Cant thank you enough mate.





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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Quote Originally Posted by 5366716576716A6C7670030 link=1281345941/24#24 date=1327110006
    Greg you magnificent bastard! Truly a scholar and a gentleman.
    +1!

    I got my baskets back from Greg last week and I am now making the best coffee that I ever have.

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Thanks!--But enough already--or my motorcycle helmet wont fit! ;D

    Im glad the coffee is working out.

    Greg

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    How are you guys sending the baskets? I dont think they will fit in a normal envelope. Small Postpak?

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    Hi Greg, Ive got a Breville BarVista that Id like to get modified. Ill send you a PM.
    Thanks!

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeamo

    Hi all,

    Is there an easy way to unpressurise these baskets myself or is it something I should leave it to the experts (Greg). Is it a hard job to do. I have two from a sunbeam em4820 any one know the best way to do this.

    Greg do you still offer this service, I would be forever in your debt!!! I did not know the pressurised basket issue when i ordered my machine, have got two pressurised baskets I would like to modify.

    Regards

    James

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    PM sent.

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Hi Greg, do you still offer your services?

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Damn I knew i should have logged in to coffeesnobs more often since joining. Spent a bundle on unpressurised baskets for Breville already. Still, never look back! the difference in result is incredible :)

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Would really appreciate it if you could "Single wall" mine, Greg. Sending a PM.

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Received the basket back in the post today already. Speedy! Really neatly done too. A big thank you to you. Please give me a call if every youre in Brissie & need a coffee.


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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Thanks, Daniel, I hope it works well for you.

    Greg
    ps--I didnt take pics of the grunge between the layers--I thought it might break the server here! :D

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Hi Greg, keen to get this done, will pm you. Great work!

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    Hi Greg, I would greatly appreciate this service if you are still offering it. I tried to PM you but it wouldnt let me.
    Thanks for your time!

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    Re: Pressurised Baskets modified--Breville or Sunbeam

    Hello Greg,

    Just wondering if youre still offering this service? Im in WA.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    P.S: First post :P

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    Hi Greg,
    I do hate for my first post to be asking for a favour ;D But I am super keen to give this mod a go for my Barvista. PM sent.

    Fantastic info on this forum everyone!

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    PM replied.

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    Fantastic job Greg - what a legend!
    Thanks again

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    Some quality work here, if I had a spare basket for my sunbeam I'd be sending a request pronto!
    It would be cheaper than buying a dremel (although part of me is looking for a good excuse to buy a dremel too ).

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    Hi Greg, what a great service you're providing! Would love you to do the same for mine, Cheers, Sarah.

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    Greg what awesome work you've done! A true genius if you ask me.

    Keep up the good work!!!!

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    Hi Greg,
    Looks like a great service you are offering! Do you have any modified baskets you are prepared to sell outright for a 800ES though?
    Thanks

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    Sorry, no.
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    Greg Wormald. I thank you every morning for my brewed awakenings.

    PS: How do i attach a picture.. it says I can't cos im a noob!! :-(

    anyway, I received my baskets a couple of days ago. (according to the sweet ol' neighbour lady who collects my post when I'm away.) Played with grind settings and tamp settings and a couple of shots down the sink later, I was pulling good shots. Still have a bit to play around with, but oohhhh even these shots are so good.. Hard job trying not to over caffeinate myself!!

    again.. THANK YOU Greg!!

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    I have a Breville Cafe Roma (ESP8C I believe). Am I right in thinking that this procedure would improve the coffee it makes... so long as the grind is fine enough?
    With the pressurised baskets I've been able to nearly kill the machine (very very slow in pumping the coffee out... and resulting in a 'burnt' tasting coffee) by grinding too fine and packing too hard. So I'm guessing a move to unpressurised baskets would work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starter View Post
    I have a Breville Cafe Roma (ESP8C I believe). Am I right in thinking that this procedure would improve the coffee it makes... so long as the grind is fine enough?
    With the pressurised baskets I've been able to nearly kill the machine (very very slow in pumping the coffee out... and resulting in a 'burnt' tasting coffee) by grinding too fine and packing too hard. So I'm guessing a move to unpressurised baskets would work.
    Yes you are right, single walled (or non-pressurised) baskets will help. But will be more fussy about the grind. What grinder are you using? If it's a Sunbeam em480 (or better), it should be capable of grinding fine enough. If it's a bcg450, you may have more troubles.
    Last edited by David8; 28th August 2012 at 01:39 PM. Reason: Typos. Yay!

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