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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2008, 10:42pm
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Tsenfw - can you email me please - - I have a question for you.  KillerQ97@aol.com is my addy...

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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2008, 1:55am
Subject: Re: I just de-pressurized my Barista Portafilter -- simple (pic)
 

Just thought that this would be a better place for this than starting a whole new thread, but I just finished what I'm going to call the Final *$ Barista Portafilter Mod.

I de-PPF'ed the portafilter a while back ( got rid of everything plastic that isn't attached to the handle by chemical bonds ) but it still bothered me that right between the spouts was the support plastic bits for it, bits that got disgustingly full of old coffee after a few shots (yes I rinse, but rinsing doesn't get enough out ) and required a screwdriver to clean.

So I took a hacksaw blade to the portafilter.

Take that ... warranty.

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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2008, 8:45am
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BrainInAJar Said:

Just thought that this would be a better place for this than starting a whole new thread, but I just finished what I'm going to call the Final *$ Barista Portafilter Mod.

I de-PPF'ed the portafilter a while back ( got rid of everything plastic that isn't attached to the handle by chemical bonds ) but it still bothered me that right between the spouts was the support plastic bits for it, bits that got disgustingly full of old coffee after a few shots (yes I rinse, but rinsing doesn't get enough out ) and required a screwdriver to clean.

So I took a hacksaw blade to the portafilter.

Take that ... warranty.

Posted February 25, 2008 link


BraininaJar,

    Very nice - very practical!  Good job.  When that badboy is sanded, you would never know it was a hack-job (pun intended).  How does it perform?  I mean, do you get any splashing inside the cavity, or does it pour straight out?

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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2008, 12:23pm
Subject: Re: I just de-pressurized my Barista Portafilter -- simple (pic)
 

I suspect a clean pour since it's getting properly tamped, pressure is steady, and it's coming from a small 'spout'. Also, I think a Dremel would work as well...a little less work maybe? :)
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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2008, 1:18pm
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Wide,

     Yea, you're right.  Although, it's too bad that the 'spout' you mentioned is more of a hole in the bottom of the PF, and not a little spout - that would be perfect.

     I was thinking Dremel too... I may use a saw for the grunt work, then polish it off with the dremel - make it look 'factory'


I look forward to more feedback,

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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2008, 2:59pm
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wideasleep1 Said:

I suspect a clean pour since it's getting properly tamped, pressure is steady, and it's coming from a small 'spout'. Also, I think a Dremel would work as well...a little less work maybe? :)

Posted February 25, 2008 link

Yep, it pours pretty clean.

I noticed that it pours a wee bit off center though, that could by my technique ( possible ) or the way the machine pours the water ( the showerhead sucks on the barista. Any tips on hacking it to work better are appreciated )
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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2008, 12:15am
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wideasleep1 Said:

The Stainless is very heavy (a 23 ounce weapon), and a pleasure to use!

Posted February 21, 2008 link

I really enjoyed your comment "(a 23 ounce weapon), and a pleasure to use!"

You had me at "a 23 ounce weapon" :D

Also, thanks for your input sultanoswing and Deb!  

I considered all your logical advice, and did something totally unpractical . . . . . I ordered the Espro Tamper!

I also decided to future modify my NP-portafilter by removing the 3 screws that keep the plastic handle in place. This would remove any flow restrictions allowing a more accurate pour time.  Awkward, yes! But it will have to do until I can find a Dremel to use. <:ob~

Here is a picture from today, this was a 25 second shot; AND this is still using my plastic tamper and bathroom scales!

Not to shabby for a GreenGeek! Huh?
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Posted Sun Mar 2, 2008, 11:10pm
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i bought a npf from somewhere..i forget...came across my original one, took it apart..was looking at it and was thinking i could maybe make it into a naked pf.  Its very thick metal so i dont know what i would use to cut it and if I would get decent results regardless...
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Posted Mon Mar 3, 2008, 12:36am
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joey Said:

i bought a npf from somewhere..i forget...came across my original one, took it apart..was looking at it and was thinking i could maybe make it into a naked pf.  Its very thick metal so i dont know what i would use to cut it and if I would get decent results regardless...

Posted March 2, 2008 link

I found this, see if it helps . . . . . . . . . .and I hope this hyperlink works <:o)

click here

If it doesn't work I will try something else! :-B~

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Posted Mon Mar 3, 2008, 1:20am
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LatteChic Said:

I really enjoyed your comment "(a 23 ounce weapon), and a pleasure to use!"

You had me at "a 23 ounce weapon" :D

Also, thanks for your input sultanoswing and Deb!  

I considered all your logical advice, and did something totally unpractical . . . . . I ordered the Espro Tamper!

I also decided to future modify my NP-portafilter by removing the 3 screws that keep the plastic handle in place. This would remove any flow restrictions allowing a more accurate pour time.  Awkward, yes! But it will have to do until I can find a Dremel to use. <:ob~

Here is a picture from today, this was a 25 second shot; AND this is still using my plastic tamper and bathroom scales!

Not to shabby for a GreenGeek! Huh?
LatteChic

Posted February 27, 2008 link

Hey LC! Congrats on your new weapon! :P I used the Espro Tamper almost exclusively for a year, and I have to say I have a perfect feel for tamping now...I now use the Vaneli's 23 ounce Stainless Steel weapon with great success. The longer you use the Espro, the more natural and familiar tamping pressure will be using other tampers in the future. Stick with it...it's a great unit. I'm keeping mine for occasional 'refamiliarization' of proper force. :)
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