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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 6:53pm
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Hey guys,

I just recieved my fathers old espresso machine. Its a Breville. He went and bought a new one because he didnt want to deal with the gasket issue its having and the fact that it spews out hot water uncontrollably. Also, all around its a piece of garbage. So I took it. The spewing is no issue as its obvious the filter was just blocked so, I unscrewed that and cleaned the whole thing. Its spotless now the machine once again flows water in a controlled fashion like it should.

The gasket on the filter in the unit was broken from wear and tear. As a result the coffee would seep OVER the portafilter bypassing the filter bringing coffee beans in my espresso. Thats a big a nono. Being a pipe fitter, I decided to wrap the whole thing in Teflon tape (red). To my surprise, it actually held.

My question is is this safe?

I know that Teflon tape is used in potable applications, however im not so sure if the tape itself actually ever touches the water(as its in the thread, not directly on the pipe)

I did a bit of searching online before posting here and most people say that teflon tape is non-toxic and wont begin to deteriorate untill 500+ degrees but im not so sure I can trust that information.

The question is why not just get a new gasket? Well I tried calling around a few places and non of them carry replacement parts for Breville espresso machines. This seemed like the next best thing short of tossing it out the window and buying a new machine.

Thanks for your input!:)
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 7:19pm
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Do a google search for the part you need, using machine model number in your search criteria. If it's a group gasket I got a bunch of eBay hits. Also try contacting Breville. If the group gasket is standard, you can get one for less than $10 from chriscoffee.com, espressoparts.com or 1st-line.com to name a few specialty coffee suppliers. You may have to call them to ask because none of them sell Breville products.

 
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 7:43pm
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Thats the unit.

Click Here (www.breville.ca)

Yes I think thats gasket im trying to refer to. I found the ebay hits your talking about. 10 bucks SUPER CHEAP. Thanks for the suggestion I didnt think to look on ebay lol

Also, now I noticed that my frother slightly leaks depending on which way it is positioned spitting out HOT little spews of water.

I didnt find any gaskets on ebay or anything at all relating to the frother so im guessing that can be taken apart and cleaned? (Havent looked at that yet)

But until the part comes in, do you think the teflon seal is safe?
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Posted Mon Sep 2, 2013, 8:26pm
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usernamex Said:

Also, all around its a piece of garbage.

Posted September 2, 2013 link

Yep, pretty much nailed it.

No, teflon is inert, it is used int potable water systems all the time. Replace the gasket with the right one and at least that will not leak.

 
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