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  1. Hi guys, I have recently purchased the Sage Barista and am finding that after I have extracted my espresso the portafilter is left with watery coffee. Not sure if this is due to the grind, or it being too compact? Any advice would be great - thank you. Sinead
  2. Hi, I bought a brand new Gaggia Carezza Duluxe coffee machine two days ago, and I'm wondering if there's a fault with it. Basically, if I fill up the filter full or almost full with coffee, I can only turn the portafilter until just left of centre. It feels as though there's something solid preventing it from moving further. This is strange, because with less coffee or an empty filter it turns fine. Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be? Luckily I only live five minutes walk from the shop, but I'd need to take my machine plus coffee with into the shop, so I'm leav
  3. Hi we have two ECM PF handles, a double and single spout... only the double spout really ever gets used, with the single just with the blind filter permanently attached. I was wondering how easy it would be to grind out the bottom of the PF, and if there is anyone on here who is particularly good at doing this, who might consider doing it for me, for due consideration? Robert
  4. Hi All - I have a 10 year old Gaggia Classic and did the OPV mod a while ago. I am getting decent shots however I want to figure out what bars I am really putting out. I tried the volume of water method (blank portafilter, putting a class of water under one of the tubes) and I am getting no returned water? Does this mean my machine is still set to too many bars and I need to turn the OPV nut more. I am getting decent shots, about 32g out in 30s when my Fiorenzato grinder at a 1.8 setting. A few questions... 1.) there are two tubes in the water reservoir, which one is for the water su
  5. Hi people! Keeping espresso machines neat and clean of left over grounds seems rather obvious and straight forward since everything is easily accessible and, for the most part, visible. Still, it gives me a headache to go after debris that much after each and every shot. To be sure I'm good to pull the next one, I undertake the following procedure: flush w/o portafilter, stop water brush group head gasket and shower screen sides (using a hard plastic brush that came with the machine) flush again, stop water again insert portafilter and rinse for 10+ seconds wipe filterbasket and
  6. I had been struggling to find some so wondering if these are really difficult to come by or really expensive? I know some people had been making them on their own but is there real interest in these? Just trying to gauge interest in a potential multiby if I get my hand on some stock somewhere and it proves on a slightly expensive side.. Also, are all portafilters fitted with same thread for connecting it up? Mine is M12 and had seen some in USA that come in that size. Thanks!
  7. I recently changed the seal on my 06 classic to a cafelat blue silicon 8.5 seal. First few weeks everything was fine but just recently the portafilter has started to loosen during a shot. I can hold it in place but a few times when I forgot the kitchen got covered in coffee grounds, Any ideas why this might be happening? I figure it is something to do with the seal but it seems a bit soon for there to be an issue. The old seal was very rigid when I removed it so the new one feels a lot more squishy when you engage the portafilter but i am pretty sure it is the right size. I'm using a
  8. I've done this all back to front, but ordered a bottomless portafilter from Happy Donkey (prior to upgrading my grinder) along with some Italian Blend coffee they roast in house. This was down to curiosity getting the better of me and what I could afford to spend at the time, I needed to order beans anyway. I swapped out the 21g basket that came with it for my 14g basket and loaded it up with 17g of the HD Italian ground in my Krups GVX231 on the second finest grind setting. I've been following this method with other beans including Monsoon Malabar from coffee direct which was freshly ro
  9. Hi there! First post, and I had a question about options for little mods I've googled and searched this forum for many bottomless portafilter options for the Gaggia Classic. However, there seems to be some discrepancy with the post-2015 models. I have the newer post-2015 model, and many places that sell the "universal" bottomless portafilters say it is meant for pre-2015 classic models. Are there any bottomless portafilter options that will indeed work with the post-2015 model? Are there any with wooden handles? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bottomless-Naked-Portafilter-Italian-Walnut-Han
  10. As title, this is a 54mm bottomless PF modified by the forums own Joey24dirt. Used for a few months before I moved onto a sage dual boiler so I no longer need this. Looking for £43 posted as its in perfect condition and Joey did a fine job!
  11. Hi all, Made a few of these over the weekend. These are all Gaggia portafilters that have been converted into naked portafilters and all 4 fit the Classic. Therefore, these will also fit the Baby, Selecta Deluxe etc. 1x Gaggia Classic Gold [sold] 1x regular Gaggia [sold] 2x 'Professional' Gaggia Portafilters from a single group Gaggia TE machine. All as pictured, the 2x Gaggia TE portafilters have a little extra weight to them and a nice round handle. They don't have a clip inside the portafilter to grip the basket, but nonetheless my VST basket fits snug. £15 each coll
  12. Aluminum portfilter handle, think it better suits the machine. Does get hot if machine is left on for a long time, usually not an issue. Have just made a new one which has a larger diameter which goes a bit better, will upload a pic when its on.
  13. Hi all: still new to pulling espresso (invested in the ECM Mechanika and Rocket Fausto combo.) The shots are turning out quite good with brew ratios of 1.7-2.0x depending on the bean. Struggling however because when I dispose off the puck, park of the puck sticks to the sides of the pf basket (see pic below.) Is this common - these grinds are wet. I've used different beans (light and dark roasts) but same issue. Yes, the coffee tastes good, but this results in me washing the basket and having to dry if off again between shots. Any advice? Nick
  14. Hi, For anyone interested, I'm selling a new 54mm Sage Bottomless Portafilter, ordered from Sage and hand machined for £46.50. These have a unique group fitting, only for use on Sage and Breville 54mm coffee machines like the Duo Temp Pro. I believe it's also compatible with these machines... BES810, BES840, BES860 and BES870. Please check compatibility with your machine though. A friend of mine with a Sage Duo Temp Pro expressed a lot of interest in having a bottomless portafilter like the one I was using on my Rocket. Without thinking I sung the praises of bottomless portafil
  15. Hello, For a sale ECM portafilters angled version (single, double and bottomless). Me personally favorite portafilter Portafilters are in really good condition, used for approximately 1 year. Bought in Germany. Filter Basket are not include (only for bottomless is). Price: £110 for complete set. Price: £40 for each.
  16. Has anyone used one of these? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Portafilter-Pressure-Gauge-Tester-Gaggia-Classic-Coffee-Machine-Espresso-Maker-E/161207195351?epid=1769635886&hash=item2588b296d7:g:kf4AAOSwabhUX2RF My portafilter is the type with two holes underneath and no spouts, so I'd need to buy a new portfilter anyway to do the mod, as well as all the other parts. So it seems easier just to buy this pre made one. if anyone has any experience of these please let me know. Thanks
  17. Clearing out some of my coffee corner, and came across a couple of these... brand new Faema E61 style bottomless portafilters with basket. Wings are 7.2mm, and I currently use a similar one in my Izzo Duetto with 8mm group gasket. It locks in, but doesn't rotate quite as far as an original Izzo one - due to the slightly thicker wings - but never had a problem, and have been using it for the last 8 years or so. Updated: ALL SOLD - Thanks! Anyway - these are both brand new and unused. Selling individually at £15 each + postage at cost. (and at this price, I'm just looking
  18. I have the standard dual-spout 58mm portafilter that comes with the Sage DB but am now wondering about buying extra ones. Sage don't offer a single-spout version on their website only the naked one (which I may buy anyway at some point). Does anyone know where to get one? Alternatively, does anyone know which, if any, of the many other 58mm portafilters available fit the Sage DB?
  19. Purchased a Acaia Pearl, mainly for pour-over, but looking at options for my Classic. I noticed someone is producing 3D printed slim drip trays & I’ll probably cop one of these. I’m currently using the original portafilter with spouts, does anyone know how much extra clearance I will get by replacing with a bottomless version?
  20. Time to get the basket out of the portafilter, hold it up to the light and have a peep through the holes. Are they all there, does it look as if a few didn't quite get all the way through during manufacturing, or does light come through every single one?....If it doesn't, get the old toothbrush out and a bit of washing up liquid, wet the brush a drop of WU Liquid and have a gentle circular scrub at the holes, gentle, because you want to keep the bristles straight (don't let em bend over) and little circles because it cleans better. keep going until all the holes are open and visible. Whi
  21. 1 spring tamper (with the four prongs that touch your palm at correct pressure £25 1black Grindenstein knock box £7.50 1 Motta filter holder with mat £20 1 round handle portafilter with two single pour spouts (onespare) £20
  22. Hey, I did some searching but could not find any information if something like "Acaia Pearl" would fit under "Profitec 500" portafilter to weigh espresso shots. There seems to be quite a good clearing in that particular machine, correct me if I'm wrong.
  23. OK this is a straightforward question. I use a double portafilter on a Rancillio Silvia and always run a double shot into one espresso cup (or glass). Now due to the diameter of the cups (I use 3 different ones) I always have to be really precise to make sure coffee doesn't miss the side of the cup/glass. Is it worth investing in a single portafilter and what effect (if any) will this have on extraction times?
  24. Hi guys and gals, I have just upgraded from a Francis Francis X1 to an Expobar G10 compact (which makes my X1 look like it belongs in a dolls house!). I got a bit of a bargain on eBay and the machine works great, and seems to be well matched to my Mahlkonig / Baratza Vario, but the portafilters, one single spout one double spout, are pretty beaten up and the baskets are 1x7g and 1x14g. I went in to this purchase pretty blind, and didn't actually realise this machine works from an Expobar proprietary grouphead and not an E61, so treat me as clueless and you'll be not far from accurate
  25. Hello folks, Quick question - when I remove the portafilter having poured a shot on my Gaggia Gran Prestige, there's a lot of pressurised hot water which spurts out as I release it from the machine, which causes coffee grind and water to spurt all over the machine and surrounding areas. I'm wondering what could be causing this? Perhaps I'm overfilling the portafilter? Or the grind is too fine? Should I not be compressing the grinds in the portafilter? Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks so much.
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