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13 years 3 months ago #2360 by Feeman
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I have some links for you!

I have the exact same machine (I have the crappy Barista Burr Grinder though, I am hoping it dies sometime so I can upgrade to a real grinder).

I was looking to buy a portafilter, but cheaped out and took everything apart. It works, but I don't know how it works compared to the official non-pressurized one.

From my searches, I found/contacted these people.

35 plus 10.00 s/h: www.espressorepair.com (I live in Victoria too, these guys are from Seattle)

www.saecooutlet.com or call 1-888-272-6601 (Saeco Canada).

Or there is always ebay, I've seen some on there before.

I hope this helps!
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13 years 3 months ago #2361 by colin
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Thank-you for the tips, links and tricks!
Much appreciated.
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13 years 3 months ago #2362 by Zazenmaster
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Feeman wrote:

I have some links for you!
www.espressorepair.com


When I checked with espressorepair.com way back, it seems to me that what they were selling was a drilled out pressurized portafilter. That's probably fine, but make sure you know what you're getting.

If you're willing to go outside Canada, Seattle Coffee Gear has what appears to be the real thing. Pretty expensive though!

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13 years 1 month ago #2492 by Feeman
Replied by Feeman on topic Re:Unpressurized Portafilter
If you were still looking for non pressurized portafilter.....



There is actually a link on ebay for one, less than 45 dollars after everything. Ebay link here
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13 years 1 month ago #2494 by arfenarf
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Thanks - I wound up shipping one in from the East Coast a while back now.

There are a lot of old forum threads floating around Google's cache that make the unpressurized PF out to be an $18 item. That isn't true any more, anywhere I looked.

Tying this thread together with Colin's tamping one, I'm getting pretty good espresso these days, but am pretty much down to the low end of my grinder's range... I'm using setting \"3\" of 40 on this current batch, and may try taking it down to \"2\" tonight.

I've downloaded Baratza's recalibrating instructions, but am feeling a little nervous about mucking the whole thing up.
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13 years 1 month ago #2497 by tmplo
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I have a Saeco Aroma and a Maestro Plus grinder. Without the pressurized PF, I found that the Aroma needs really fine grind. Barista must be the same. I grind at setting 2.

The housing for the Virtuoso is a bit difficult to take off. I bought a Virtuoso late last year but had calibration issues. The vendor calibrated it 3 times and still didn't work properly. I finally fed up and exchanged for a Maestro Plus.

I've also heard that if you don't line the housing up properly with the micro switch when you put the housing back, the grinder won't work.
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