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    Question Newbie question

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    Hi all,

    I have used a Sunbeam EM4800 for ever and a day and a while ago, for a month, was minding a Gaggia Classic

    I now have a second hand Silvia which I have replaced the seal (old one was petrified) and shower screen, cleaned the water spreader and behind/around the seal etc.

    I noticed there was no spring in the portafilter to hold the basket in so I bought one of those also - all from Coffee Parts -

    I find the basket so hard to get out (need a screwdriver to lever it out). Is that normal or do you just leave the basket in after cleaning it?
    I only get to make coffee about 3 times a week so the longest I would not use the machine would be 3 days.
    My EM4800 had a pressurised basket so I had to take it out to dry otherwise the underside never dried.

    Also, are there any hints to making a good shot with the Silvia? I notice it is a lot more unforgiving than the Gaggia Classic.

    I have a Sunbeam EM0480 grinder.

    TIA.

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    Hi Javafrog,

    There are quite a few Silvia threads on here which you can search out for more information. A few thoughts though are that you might want to think about upgrading your grinder, especially if you find you're close to grinding as fine as possible, and of course freshly roasted beans are a must. You don't need to take the filter basket out of the handle unless you're cleaning it with coffee machine detergent. You might also want to get a ridgeless basket, which will come out more easily, and also be less prone to channeling.

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers, Dave

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    Hi David,

    Thanks, I am down to the 5/25 setting but still testing. That will also change with different beans. I have read that people have modded those grinders to grind even finer if need be.
    That's good to know I don't need to take the filter basket out. I have read about channeling on the Silvia threads here. After 5 attempts I have yet to get a consistent pour so I might be a bit hard on myself thinking I would get it by now.

    I suppose I expected to make a reasonable shot straight away like with the Gaggia. At least I'll have fun trying!

    I might have to get myself a digital scale to take 1 variable out of my testing.

    Edit: I have since found out that my portafilter may not take ridgeless baskets as mine is seemingly a short run of non commercial portafilters from about 2003.
    Part # is 20-112-030 as opposed to 20-112-010 for the commercial type that takes ridgeless.
    Last edited by Javafrog; 28th May 2016 at 02:52 PM. Reason: addition of portafilter type

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    Yeah, if you have the option to modify with shims that will be great. I guess you could always get another portafilter - always a good opportunity to get a naked portafilter. This would also help with improving your espresso technique as you will be able to observe any channeling.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Quote Originally Posted by DaveD View Post
    always a good opportunity to get a naked portafilter. This would also help with improving your espresso technique as you will be able to observe any channeling.
    I've always wanted one! I'd have to get a triple basket too



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