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Thread: Breville Cafe Roma non-pressurised PF basket

  1. #1
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    Mar 2008

    Breville Cafe Roma non-pressurised PF basket

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    With the extreme difficulty of getting a non-pressurised PF basket for the Café Roma, I decided to take desperate measures. The Café Roma’s pressurised basket has a double bottom. The very bottom has a single tiny hole that provides the back pressure. I drilled out the hole with a 1.5mm drill. Voila - no back pressure. This improved control but still the shots weren’t great. It didn’t work at all with pre-ground supermarket coffee – quite undrinkable. The Delonghi grinder I had been using just wasn’t up to the task. The shots came through either too quickly or not at all. I suspect the grinder produced too many fines which when using a finer setting resulted in a clogged basket. Things improved substantially when using a better grinder. I could have persevered with grind fineness but after just having dialled in the Vebiemme I didn’t want to go through that again.

    My conclusion is that if using pre-ground coffee, stick with the pressurised basket. After all, that is what it is designed for. The results will be OK but will never match a café. If wanting to go to a non-pressurise basket, you will need a quality grinder that may cost a multiple or 2 or 3 of the cost of the Café Roma itself.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Re: Breville Cafe Roma non-pressurised PF basket

    hi bob

    the non pressurised basket will work differently to your modified one, this is due to the multiple of holes in the basket

    12.95 + 6 postage for single or double


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