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    Via Venezia replacement portafilter

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    Hello all,

    I am new to coffe snobs, and this is my first post so please be gentle.

    I pride myself on my coffee making skills and have been doing so with my Via Venezia. I learned my coffee making skills from a trained Barista from Europe and have used the same techniques.

    Obviously with my pressurised portafilter I have had limited use for a Burr Grinder, however I have just purchased an EM00480 for 169, and am finding it great.

    That said, my pressurised portafilter fell on the ground and snapped the plastic :(.

    Before I buy a replacement, I have seen many posts for a non-pressurised portafilter however after contacting SAECO they said they couldnt help me and the only one they had was a grey plastic/alumin non-pressurised portafilter . I obviously want a stainless steel or brass.

    Can someone please point me in the right direction as the non-pressurised filetr will give me greater control.


    Thanks in advance,

    Rob


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    Re: Via Venezia replacement portafilter

    Hey Robig,

    You can do a search of this forum and find more info on the topic. I have the same machine and you do not need to purchase a non-pressurized portafilter. The pressurized portafilters can be converted by dismantling the handle and removing the plastic mechanism, the false floor and the rubber o-ring seal.
    If your original one is broken beyond repair then you could always just buy another pressurized portafilter and do the conversion.

    Someone else might know where to source a new non-pressurized one or if another brand will fit the head.

    good luck,

    Kit

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    Re: Via Venezia replacement portafilter

    Second what Kit said about modding your existing PF.

    Did mine about 4 months ago & havent looked back.


    Cheers.................Sean

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    Re: Via Venezia replacement portafilter

    Sean, Kit,

    thanks. Tried it. Adjusted the grind setting on my EM00480 to 10, and the coffee seems to taste better, and just the right amount and the right color crema "deep golden", and not the yellowish colour manufactured from the plastic bits in the machine. HOWEVER, it appears that the coffee is coming out uneven and fills one cup but not both equally.

    It thought it might be that the coffee is not filling the plastic handle evenly, because I have removed the false floor that appears to have a spout extend deeper then the hole in the stainless steel part of the handle.

    Is this what you experienced and if so, how did you go about fixing it.

    Thanks again guys

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    Re: Via Venezia replacement portafilter

    Yep...that happens occasionally. Im usually making myself doubles so it doesnt really matter ;D

    Part of the problem might lie in an uneven grind and tamp. even small differences will affect the path of the espresso.
    Im not sure its an easy fix. The other problem is that the espresso all pours through a centre hole of about 8mm in diamter then drops to the plastic divider. Its not ideal...but its a much better result.

    Good luck.

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    Re: Via Venezia replacement portafilter

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Yeah I just put up with it.



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