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  • How to get a non-pressurised portafilter for the Saeco Via Venezia in Australia?

    I have recently bought a Saeco Via Venezia and just found out that it comes with a pressurised portafilter. I definetely DO NOT want this portafilter and would like to buy a new one. I have seen the Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines from Seattle Coffee Gear but I cannot figure out how to get it in Australia. Any ideas?

  • #2
    It's not pretty but it works:

    Step 1: Remove 3 screws from the underside.

    Step 2: Remove all plastic parts that are now visible. A big spring holds most of it together, you won't be reusing it so it doesn't matter if it breaks.

    Step 3: Reattach handle with the 3 screws to the now enpty portafilter. You lose the spring return to centre function but that's no big deal.

    I made a custom Via Venezia group handle once, there's a thread on here somewhere about it. Long time ago now.

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    • #3
      If you want to buy a new one from the USA, I usually use a company called priceUSA to buy my items on my behalf from the USA.

      Google it, they have a partner in Australia and one in Oregon, do you also don't have to pay USA sales tax.

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      • #4
        The mod that noidle mentioned works well and there's instructions on You Tube as well if you're keen to give it a go. I looked into this and from memory they were pretty expensive to buy And I thought someone in Australia had them too. Coffee Parts maybe? It's worth a look. Either way the mod is a cheaper option.
        I also found out that this type of pressurised portafilter isn't quite as bad as other pressurised systems like dual wall baskets and crema enhancers. All it is is a spring loaded valve that should be set to 9bar. So if you get your dose and tamp right then it's going to open no problem every time.

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        • #5
          A quick Google turned up four main sellers in the US, all selling a non-pressurised Saeco PF for around $60. They all ship internationally so it's just a matter of working out which one has the cheapest shipping.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jonocugnet View Post
            I have recently bought a Saeco Via Venezia and just found out that it comes with a pressurised portafilter. I definetely DO NOT want this portafilter and would like to buy a new one. I have seen the Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade for Saeco and Starbucks Espresso Machines from Seattle Coffee Gear but I cannot figure out how to get it in Australia. Any ideas?
            Hi, I purchased the Seattle coffee gear portafilter around mid last year by way of setting up an international postal address through Australia Post. All done online through Aus Post website, first I think the address is in Oregon so then I purchased the item from SCG address details sent through to there then sent from Oregon to me here in Australia. By the time it arrived here it had probably taken a good couple of weeks and I was out of pocket by almost $100. The portafilter is superb though and compliments the Via Venezia beautifully. [emoji4]

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            • #7
              Crikey, just realised who you are, doh! Have you sorted it out yet??

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              • #8
                Not just yet, will by the end of the week hopefully. Good to see you mate

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