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    dirty pressurised portafilter

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    I have been using a Breville 800ES coffee machine for a bit under 3 years, a few weeks ago I noticed water and steam coming out around the ball joint on the steam wand, I undid the nut and found it was just a flat rubber washer with a nylon ball cup, it looked like a nice solid fitting so I screwed it back up and it snapped off! *:o , it was a brass elbow with a 8mm thread screwed into the alloy thermoblock, I have fixed it, drilled out and tapped the thermoblock, rebuilt the elbow etc.

    anyway I went an bought a new VBM Domabar, been using it fro 2 weeks, makes brilliant coffee :), had issues with its steam wand being more powerful than what I am used to and with small amounts of milk, but I made a new brass cone tip with 2 small holes and now I get nice microfoam.

    ok back to the pressurised portafilter basket *on the old machine, I decided to remove the base of the basket just to see what it looked like, well in a word YUK!, all the screen holes were blocked except 20 odd holes in a 15mm dia in the middle right above the single lower exit hole.

    I have always kept the machine clean, removing the shower screen on regular intervals, flushing water through the PP after each use, friends have said I should be able to clean the basket by soaking it, sorry *I cannot see how you could ever be sure it was clean, looks like the best thing is throw it away and buy a new one every 8-10 months or sooner depending on use, or just simply buy a proper filter basket

    I am having trouble posted photos here so posted them on flickr
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    Re: dirty pressurised portafilter

    Pure flavour there mate.

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    Re: dirty pressurised portafilter

    Theres one way you can clean out those coffee gunk. Boil some water in a kettle, put a teaspoon of Cafetto into an old ice-cream container and pour the boiling hot water in it and stir it up a little. That cafetto solution will dissolve any coffee gunk. while youre at it, you can unscrew the shower screen and PF spouts as well and give it all a good clean. With the pressurised basket, you may need to give it a good shake inside the solution... but I suppose the question is why would you even want to use the pressurised basket?

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    Re: dirty pressurised portafilter

    Quote Originally Posted by NewToEspresso link=1217292897/0#2 date=1217303305
    Theres one way you can clean out those coffee gunk. Boil some water in a kettle, put a teaspoon of Cafetto into an old ice-cream container and pour the boiling hot water in it and stir it up a little. That cafetto solution will dissolve any coffee gunk. while youre at it, you can unscrew the shower screen and PF spouts as well and give it all a good clean. With the pressurised basket, you may need to give it a good shake inside the solution... but I suppose the question is why would you even want to use the pressurised basket?
    yes I bought some Cafetto, still I wonder if you would remove all the gunk from these double walled baskets, I use an ultrasonic cleaner in my work, I know from experience in cleaning small components in what will clean assembled and unassembled and what type of gunk will clean away easily or not.

    anyway I am getting rid of the Breville, my new DomoBar is a lot easier to use and clean.

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