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  • Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Venezia

    Hi everyone,

    Im new to Coffee Snobs and have already learnt so much from this forum! Im currently on the hunt for a non-pressurized portafilter that would fit my Saeco Via Venezia domestic machine. Does anyone know where I can get one in Melbourne, or even order one online somewhere? I would prefer to get a separate PF rather than having to remove the bits from my current one to "depressurize" it.

    Any advice is much appreciated.
    Cheers,
    Cristen

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    Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

    Hi Cristen,

    Try this service centre in Sydney.  They may be able to post out to you.  The portafilter was about $40 when I bought one about three years ago.  Youll have to call as they dont seem to have a web site.

    Unit 6
    100 Belmore Rd, Riverwood, NSW 2210

    1300 730 233[ch8206]

    Good luck
    Matt  

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    • #3
      Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

      Thanks Matt, Ill definitely give them a call! What has your experience been with the unpressurized portafilter?

      Btw I came across this post on coffeegeek.com, where this guy had totally removed the entire pressure regulator from his PF: http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/343159

      Dont think Ill be able to take it apart and put it back in one piece though! :P

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      • #4
        Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

        Cristen,

        It is very easy to make your current pf un-pressurised! Ive done it with no sweat at all. It might be worth trying it prior to shelling out money on a new one. That way you can reverse it if needed.

        In saying that Id be interested to know if you manage to get one. I have seen on from a shop on evil bay that is shipped from Italy but it wasnt too expensive.

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        • #5
          Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

          Hey Cristen,

          If you cant get a proper un-pressurized portafilter try the modification in this thread.

          http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1091413062/0

          Its easy to do.  The only advantage of a the proper portafilters is that you can give them a decent whack on the knock box without having to worry about bits falling apart.  

          As with all machines, fresh beans, a good grinder and proper tamping will make the difference.  The machine makes good shots but is not the greatest at steaming milk.

          Cheers,
          Matt

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          • #6
            Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

            Thanks for all the advice, Michel_C and Matt!

            Ok Ive emailed coffeeparts.com.au but they dont stock the Saeco range. Ive also emailed Saeco in Melbourne to see if they have one in stock. Ive not dealt with Saeco Melbourne before so I wonder what the customer service levels are like...? Although youd think that with the demand for non-pressurized PFs theyd make some to cater for the market!

            Id definitely like to try getting a proper non-pressurized PF before attempting to pull mine apart, although the thread Matt posted had pretty good step-by-step picture instructions - thanks Matt

            Will definitely post updates on how my search is going, and if I end up pulling my current VV PF apart or not!

            Crsten ;D

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            • #7
              Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

              Dont be worried, just unscrew the base and strip it all out.
              All you need to do is put the 3 screws back in.  Make sure you remove the false floor and the o-ring too.

              Itll take you 5 minutes, but youll then need to source a good tamper to fit the basket.  Your coffee with improve exponentially.

              sd

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              • #8
                Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

                Hi Saeco does have a no-pressurised group handle, the part number is 226550250.

                Saeco has phased out selling Via Venezia. They are still planing to supplying spare part for the unit in addition to there current spare parts supply.

                That said Saeco Australia is notorious for running out of stock and not being able to get the parent company replenish it stocks.

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                • #9
                  Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

                  Cristen, I bought a non-pressurised PF from Saeco in Reservoir (Melbourne) a few years ago for my old Via Venezia. If this helps you, the PF was from a Saeco Bar 2000. Coupled with a good grinder, the Via Venezia was quite a capable machine.


                  Evan.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

                    Hi everyone,

                    Thanks to all who have posted so far with advice, part names/no.s and photos - much appreciated

                    I emailed Saeco in Melbourne last week and they rang me back saying that they do have the part in stock. Its around $52 plus $10 postage. The guy said that it had a grey handle - does yours have a grey handle, Evan (it looks more like black in the photo)?

                    Anyway, will be placing my order next week! *excitement*

                    Cristen

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                    • #11
                      Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

                      Yeh, got one sometime ago from Saeco and I too got the grey one. Around $55 from memory

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                      • #12
                        Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

                        anyone had any problems with this purchased through Saeco? Mine sprays coffee everythwere as it obviously does not seal very well.

                        Should i return it or just really try to tighten it?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

                          Hey Cristen,

                          If youd gone with the one I referred to in my PM, although a little more expensive, they have a black handle, are well built and work very well with the Saeco V/v. Lets hope yours works OK. Good luck.

                          Regards

                          Trevorbeans

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                          • #14
                            Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

                            No-one experienced what I have with their NON-PF for the VV ??

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                            • #15
                              Re: Non-pressurized portafilter for Saeco Via Vene

                              Hi all, i would also like to know what your experience with a Non-PF is like.
                              Aswell as what type of tamp & where from $$$ ect.

                              Cheers,
                              Shane

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