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Thread: Dosing funnel/cheaper hack for 49mm portafilter (Little Guy)

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    Dosing funnel/cheaper hack for 49mm portafilter (Little Guy)

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    I have recently bought a second-hand Little Guy and the 49mm portafilter doesn't fit snugly in the holder of my Breville Smart Grinder Pro as it is too narrow. As a result it's getting messy especially as the manual/video instructions say to fill and tamp then top-up and tamp again for each use. Looking online I would be up for about $50 (inc. shipping to Perth) for a 49mm dosing funnel (seems excessive) and I've seen some good hacks for 58mm portafilters but nothing for 49mm ones. I should tell you I have no access to metal-working equipment (hole saws, grinders, Dremels etc.,) I'm concerned that the jam funnels (at 14cm across the top) would be too wide to fit into the recess of my Breville grinder otherwise they would have been a good alternative.

    Does anyone here have any ideas?

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    Have you considered 3d printing one? A quick search brings up lots of designs, and public libraries have 3d printers.
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    Dosing funnel/cheaper hack for 49mm portafilter (Little Guy)

    The Little Guy portafilter is 51mm. (Unless you have an older Otto which might be 49mm, but Iím not sure about that). My The Little Guy is definitely 51mm, but that doesnít make too much difference with whatís available for you to buy. Like you Iíve looked around online and the best value 51mm funnel is the one from Orphan Espresso. I think it would probably end up a bit cheaper than $50 with shipping to Perth, but not by much. Iíll be getting one at some stage, but for now I use a cut down plastic party cup. Iíd say thatís probably the easiest option if you donít want the hassle of getting something 3D printed.
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    My 800es used a smaller portafilter, and I found a curry paste jar was a good fit. Grind into jar and invert onto pf, give all a tap and the dose was low enough to remove jar with out is spilling.
    I'd try the party cup... I think a mc Donald's hot fudge cup might be about right, and great excuse too
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    I made one in 5 minutes using the clear plastic cover from my tax return booklet, some scissors, and sticky tape. Works perfectly and good to get some use out of anything to do with tax. ��
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    The La San Marco Porta-filter tax return front cover dosing funnel hack!

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    The orphan espresso one is nice though. Sits on top rather than inside the basket. Can tamp through it also
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elle View Post
    Looking online I would be up for about $50 (inc. shipping to Perth) for a 49mm dosing funnel (seems excessive) and I've seen some good hacks for 58mm portafilters but nothing for 49mm ones.
    Read about an interesting hack. A cheap 49mm lens hood (for a camera lens) might suit. Plenty on the EvilBay. Just search "49mm Lens Hood".
    If you get a plastic one the threads won't scratch your filter basket. (For others reading this, 58mm are also available. They may fit a 58mm basket).

    I49mm lens hood.jpg 49mm lens hood b.jpg

    PS Apparently these grinders come with both a 50-54mm portafilter holder and a 58mm portafilter holder. Do you have the smaller one installed? If you don't have it, they are available as a spare part.

    Breville has the smaller 50-54mm portafilter holder available as a spare part in the US -

    https://www.breville.com/us/en/parts...sp0000639.html

    According to the Breville link above the 50mm Portafilter Holder fits BCG800 and BCG820. If you Google "BREVILLE BCG800 PORTAFILTER LOCATOR-50MM"
    you'll find a local supplier.

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    Thanks heaps!

    Dear bosco, LeroyC, Jackster, Gavisconi007 and CafeLotta,


    Thanks so much your replies, you guys are the best. Such good ideas and I love the photo Gavisconi007 what a neat solution. Also LeroyC, thanks for the info on the actual size of the LG being 51mm and not 49mm. I think I just assumed it must have been that because of that was the size of one of the OE funnels available. (2mm smaller so it's fits inside so makes sense.)

    CafeLotta I completely forgot that my Breville came with another size p/f holder! D'oh. Spent about an hour yesterday trying to find where I might have put it but eventually did. So now I have that I will maybe look into making a cheapie (or the lens cap option) and putting the OE one on my Christmas list.

    Thanks again, this is such a great community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeLotta View Post
    Read about an interesting hack. A cheap 49mm lens hood (for a camera lens) might suit. Plenty on the EvilBay. Just search "49mm Lens Hood".
    If you get a plastic one the threads won't scratch your filter basket.
    Thatís brilliant, I hadnít thought of that. Just grabbed a cheap 52mm metal one for US$3 on eBay to test the theory and the size. Will grab a better/plastic one if necessary for about US$15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyC View Post
    That’s brilliant, I hadn’t thought of that. Just grabbed a cheap 52mm metal one for US$3 on eBay to test the theory and the size. Will grab a better/plastic one if necessary for about US$15.
    You can always use some fine grade wet & dry sandpaper to carefully take the sharp edges off the metal threads if they are too sharp and likely to scratch your filter basket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeLotta View Post
    You can always use some fine grade wet & dry sandpaper to carefully take the sharp edges off the metal threads f they are too sharp and likely to scratch your filter basket.
    Yeah thatís what I was thinking. Will see how it looks in a couple of weeks.
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    You don't need any special tools. Scrape the resulting funnel on some smooth concrete to finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCD View Post
    You don't need any special tools. Scrape the resulting funnel on some smooth concrete to finish.
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    Looks good.
    I've been using a cut down yoghurt carton for years.



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