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  • Sunbeam EM4300 VST or similar basket that will fit portafilter

    Hi, First post as have just recently moved to Tauranga from Scotland. I had a nice espresso set up back in the UK and sorely missing it, so picked a Sunbeam EM4300 Mini Barista at the weekend. For the cost, I'm pretty pleased as had set my expectations pretty low.

    I'm wanting to get a proper basket ASAP to get away from the horrible pressurised one that it comes with. The coffee shop I have been going to kindly lent me a LM 14g to try which I think are pretty similar to the VST. It just won't seat properly in the portafilter handle. The pressurised basket that it came with has a much shallower roll and drops down flush against the top of the portafilter, whereas the LM basket sits on top as has the standard roll which is the same as all baskets I have used before.

    Are there any other options for double non pressurised baskets for this machine or am I just going to have to get the double basket from Sunbeam?

    I have a hand grinder and am using fresh beans (seriously impressed with Ozone, Flight and C4 so far).

    All the best

    Patrick

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    Sunbeam EM4300 VST or similar basket that will fit portafilter

    You could try an IMS or Pullman basket. The EM4300 portafilter is slightly different to previous Sunbeam 58mm portafilters so I can’t say for sure sorry. You might find the Sunbeam one is the only one that fits properly unfortunately. IMS baskets are readily available online both locally or from reputable Australian sellers. The best option for Sunbeam parts in NZ is LTC Electrical in Wellington. The other options are Need-A-Part, Ewing Electrical in Australia or eBay Australia. Hope this helps. And welcome to paradise.

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    • #3
      I used to have that machine. The only thing I found that fit was the Sunbeam single wall filters which I bought on ebay. A friend lent me his VST baskets and they defintely did not fit.

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      • #4
        I think I have some Sunbeam single/double size single walled baskets at home, they were from a Sunbeam 6910.

        Happy to send over for a cup of coffee($5) plus post if they are going to help you out.

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        • #5
          Hi All, thanks very much for the input. Sounds like I'm going to be stuck with the Sunbeam baskets, although certainly not the end of the world.

          Ben, that's a very kind offer, I will send you a PM later to get that sorted.

          Patrick

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          • #6
            Pat did you end up trying the Sunbeam unpressurised baskets? Did they fit?

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            • #7
              Hi, yes I had to get the sunbeam double basket, fits just fine. Ordered it from Needapart

              Hope you get something sorted

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              • #8
                Just a heads up that the Pullman baskets have the same problem. They are too tall and prevent the group head from locking into the unit.

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                • #9
                  Hi
                  I have an EM4300 ... excellent for overnighters.... PatH123... can you comment on the sunbeam double baskets? Do they work for you, do they change the brew in any significant way, Are they easier to tap out the used brew? I find the supplied ones need aggressive tapping.

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                  • #10
                    Has anyone found different shaped baskets to fit sunbeam EM4300

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                    • #11
                      Just picked up an used EM4300 for cheap and am very impressed. I ended up here while looking for an affordable single floor basket.
                      Has anyone figured out if non-Subeam baskets can be used with EM4300? Is the plastic insert in the portafilter not allowing the commercial baskets to go all the way in causing the issue? I was thinking of removing the plastic insert and somehow sealing the central hole. That might give enough clearance for commercial 58mm baskets to work with the ME4300 portafilter. Thoughts?

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                      • #12
                        Hi all,

                        Just in case someone ends up here looking for new filter baskets - I got the EM4300K recently and it comes with double wall baskets - not fantastic for freshly ground coffee.

                        I was able to get some from here:
                        2 cup: http://spares.bigwarehouse.com.au/pr...cts_id=1648619
                        single cup: http://spares.bigwarehouse.com.au/pr...cts_id=1648618

                        Dramatically improved the quality of a freshly ground shot and reasonably well priced too, they also carry a whole variety of other spares for the machine including portafilters.

                        I am keen to try a VST basket so I have ordered one, I am unsure if it will just require removal of the plastic insert and filling the hole but will report back results!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by willbo View Post
                          Hi all,

                          Just in case someone ends up here looking for new filter baskets - I got the EM4300K recently and it comes with double wall baskets - not fantastic for freshly ground coffee.

                          I was able to get some from here:
                          2 cup: http://spares.bigwarehouse.com.au/pr...cts_id=1648619
                          single cup: http://spares.bigwarehouse.com.au/pr...cts_id=1648618

                          Dramatically improved the quality of a freshly ground shot and reasonably well priced too, they also carry a whole variety of other spares for the machine including portafilters.

                          I am keen to try a VST basket so I have ordered one, I am unsure if it will just require removal of the plastic insert and filling the hole but will report back results!
                          Reporting back in, I was moving house so didn't get the chance to try this before now.

                          The VST basket arrived and it didn't fit right out of the box, the plastic inside is fine but the lip meant that it wouldn't sit flat enough/low enough so you couldn't get the group head into the machine BUT I did manage to slightly bend the lip all the way around by going slowly around with a set of multi grips and it fits perfectly now, as I only bent the edge of the lip slightly it still sits flat and makes a good seal.

                          Getting some fantastic results now and couldn't be happier, if you are up for the challenge you can give it a try but not guarantee that it will work for everyone!

                          If you aren't game then the single wall baskets I linked above are still fantastic options and fit out of the box.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by willbo View Post

                            Reporting back in, I was moving house so didn't get the chance to try this before now.

                            The VST basket arrived and it didn't fit right out of the box, the plastic inside is fine but the lip meant that it wouldn't sit flat enough/low enough so you couldn't get the group head into the machine BUT I did manage to slightly bend the lip all the way around by going slowly around with a set of multi grips and it fits perfectly now, as I only bent the edge of the lip slightly it still sits flat and makes a good seal.

                            Getting some fantastic results now and couldn't be happier, if you are up for the challenge you can give it a try but not guarantee that it will work for everyone!

                            If you aren't game then the single wall baskets I linked above are still fantastic options and fit out of the box.
                            I second this.

                            Although I didn't bend the lip of the filter basket. After some warm up time for both the grouphead and portafilter, I've managed to squeeze it in but have to hold the machine down. My method will eventually wear out the grouphead seal until the sunbeam filter is probably unusable.

                            But other than that it looks like it works fine and getting really consistent with my shots. I took the plastic out of mine for eventual sawing of the portafilter (gotta get that bottomless).

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Forevernewbie View Post
                              I've managed to squeeze it in but have to hold the machine down. My method will eventually wear out the grouphead seal until the sunbeam filter is probably unusable.
                              Maybe. You'll definetely wear out the group head collar though. More costly and painful to replace than a seal.

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                              • Forevernewbie
                                Forevernewbie commented
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                                True. I might put aside my basket until I upgrade to a new machine.
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