Anyone have any experience buying a naked portafilter for Miss Silvia? Any suppliers of naked portafilters anyone cares to recommend? Or am I better off buying a stock portafilter and giving it the chop?
Do you know how to cut it yourself? I know there are two companies on ebay that you can send it out to to have it done for $30 (including the larger filter basket). I would be pretty worried about performing surgery on mine.
I ordered one up from www.greatinfusions.com. Came to about $85 CAD with shipping. Quality looks decent, but the rim seems to be just a tad too high, making it a tight fit in Silvia. I'm thinking about getting a hold of a rotary tool and trying to grind it down a half a millimeter or so. It does fit, but it is really tight and makes the original PF fit a bit looser afterward - though no leaks.
Thanks caffiend. I was thinking I'd take it to a machine shop and let them use some serious hardware to do the job. Will definitely check eBay.
Thanks Current Coffee. Too bad that the Great Infusions model is a bit snug. The prospect of a fully chromed portafilter is an attractive one so I'd really hate to have to trim it and expose the brass.
I guess i sold you a naked PF -- I am wondering why it is too tight - when I demo'd them it was a great fit with the handle turned to about 90 degrees (yes - turned less than with the standard Rancilio pf). As long as the PF is not too close to the disengagement point it should be fine -- you just don't want it to pop off from pressure. Please tell me if you burn out your gasket and i will set you up with a new one for shipping only - okay?
thanks, sebastian at www.greatinfusions.com